NUC Kit (NUC5i5RYH)by Intel

  • NUC Kit (NUC5i5RYH)
  • NUC Kit (NUC5i5RYH)
  • NUC Kit (NUC5i5RYH)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • It's surprisingly small, quiet, and power efficient.
  • The performance should be more than enough for normal desktop and home-theater PC use.
  • The NUC includes a large number of ports for easy expandability.

CONS

  • Intel doesn't include RAM, storage, or an operating system. You have to install those yourself.
  • The cost of RAM, an SSD, and Windows increases the cost substantially.
  • The NUC ships with high-end integrated graphics, but integrated Intel graphics still aren't great for PC gaming.
NUC stands for "Next Unit of Computing." Intel's line of NUC kits is a barebones solution for building a small, quiet, low-power-usage PC. You get a box along with a motherboard and CPU, and you add memory, storage, and operating system afterward. NUC kits are available in different sizes and ship with different CPUs. This particular NUC kit comes with a fifth-generation i5 processor, two DDR3L slots for RAM, room for M.2 and 2.5-inch SATA drives, and a mini HDMI port. There is no SD card slot.
NameNUC Kit (NUC5i5RYH)NUC (NUC5i5RYK)NUC Kit (NUC5i7RYH)
ManufacturerIntelIntelIntel
Techwalla Score
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List Price$369$340$500
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