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Core i7 NUC coming in Q2 2015

by on26 February 2015

Core i7 5557U 28W inside, Iris graphics

Intel has already shown Fudzilla a prototype of a Core i7 NUC at CES 2015, and this 2.5-inch drive ready barebone was a pleasant surprise us and for high-end home theatre users. 

Our friends at Fanless Tech have managed to get their hands on some detailed information about the upcoming core i7 NUC. The kit, called NUC NUC5i7RYH, is coming in Q2 2015 and will be based on with a 28W Core i7 5557U processor. This is a Broadwell, 5th generation Core processor, but that's not all - this time Intel's NUC will get Iris graphics too.

The dual-core i7 5557U works at 3.1GHz and with Turbo gets all the way to 3.4GHz. It has 4MB of cache and a 28W TDP. The runner up NUC NUC5i5RYH has a Core i5 5250U with 1.6GHz base clock and 2.7GHz Turbo clock, 3MB cache and 15W TDP, while the only vPro capable NUC NUC5i5MYBE  works at 2.3GHz and with Turbo all the way to 2.9GHz, all at 15W TDP.

The first Iris-backed Core i7 NUC targets immersive gaming, video and photo editing market as well as home theatre enthusiast. We are not sure that Iris 6100 will be a perfect match for gamers, but the GPU will be capable of running some games. At the same time, NUC NUC5i7RYH will be a blast for a home theatre PC .

The system comes with 1 mini HDMI 1.4a, 1x mini DisplayPort 1.2 support for M.2 SATA drive cards including (22x42, 22x60 and 22x80) as well as internal SATA 3 for 2.5 inch HDD /SDD drives up to 9.5 mm thick.

Other than CPU, the motherboard supports DDR3L SODIMMs 1.35V up to 1866MHz, while the Core i5 sibling stops at 1600MHz, and the maximum remains at 16GB.

Just as with Core i3, Core i5 5th generation Core NUC systems, you will find 2x USB 3.0 at the back panel, 2x USB 3.0 at the front panel where one of them is a pass through that can charge your phone and tablet when the machine is off. If this is not enough, there are two internal USB 2.0 headers, as well as consumer infrared sensor on the front panel.

The machine comes equipped with microphone / headset 3.5 mm jack and the mini HDMI and mini DisplayPort cables can also carry 7.1 surround audio. The 1000Mbit LAN is still there, but this time Intel included a Wireless AC 7265 M.2 soldered wireless card with antennas. The card supports 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4 and Intel Wireless Display. 

Last modified on 26 February 2015
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