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alaScore 88

112 reviews

May, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews of Intel NUC 5PPYH. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and price. The size and usability also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, size, price, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Intel NUC 5PPYH is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Intel NUC 5PPYH from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers really like the usability. The reliability is also appreciated, but opinions are divided on the price.

reliability, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Intel NUC5PPYH Next Unit of Mini PC Computing Kit (Pentium N3700 1.6 GHz Processor, 8 GB HDD, HD Graphics)

May, 2016

Expert review by: Jeremy Laird (

Intel NUC review


With a small form factor comes great responsibility

Good performance ; Tiny form factor ; Connectivity ; QuickSync

Not much gaming grunt ; No internal SATA port ; A bit pricey when additional extras factored in

The NUC gives us the hots as a general purpose system. With the Intel 520 SSD, it's slick and super responsive to use. And while the Intel HD 4000 graphics fail the fragging test, you do get QuickSync. Within certain limitations, then, you could even...

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Ian A. (

Expandable GFX


For those interested in expanding GFX, the Razer Core can hold a full size GFX card and will connect to this via Thunderbolt.


Not Free

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Keith B. (

Excellent box when you understand what you are buying.


I have this box loaded with Ubuntu 14.04. I use this primarily as a Plex media server, it serves up music and movies to multiple Roku's without a problem. I also run ScreenConnect, an OwnCloud server, a Mumble server, a Guacamole RDP gateway and the...

Small footprint, low power, fast boot time. Better performance than similarly priced Celeron/Atom based mini PC's.

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

external GPU


You actually in theory should be able to hook an external graphics card up to it via some kind of external graphics bay. The razer blade has such a bay that is connected via a thunderbolt connection. And from what I've read it is compatible with more...

Very slim.


Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Amro A. (

Good HTPC replacement with immature drivers


I bought this to replace my 3 year old AMD A10-5800k home theater setup. The AMD system is big. It was being used as a Windows Media Center with 6-channel DVR capability. With Microsoft abandoning that, I ultimately went back to a TiVO for the DVR and...

- Small - Quiet - Easy installation of memory & drive (4 screws and bob's your uncle) - Blazingly fast bootup with the right drive

- A bit on the ugly side if you want to show it off in your stereo cabinet - Would love to see an all black setup - Video drivers need work

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Michael H. (

Pre-Order In Process


What I would love to see Intel do is make an external graphics card connector for this type of system. Can you imagine having the ability to hook a desktop graphics card to this beast?

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Gave up after the THIRD return


I love these little things, but I can't afford any more down time or risk having one die after the Newegg return window. Once Intel catches on and fixes the issues, I plan on buying another. For now, I'll use my gaming PC as my HTPC and pay the extra...

- Makes a great HTPC / HyperV Server. With 32GB RAM, there is nothing that compares.

- They keep dying! Every unit worked fine, initially. Then, between a few days and a few weeks, I had three different units die for different reasons, all hardware failure. I've spend over a day troubleshooting on three different occasions. I was...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Walter J. (

Neat idea, but it's not quite there yet.


The Intel NUCs are a neat idea, a small, powerful computer based around a laptop CPU. You get plenty of power in a small package and even after adding RAM and an SSD you're still not out too much money. The problem with the Intel NUCs is that the...

Small Powerful for its size Good collection of ports SYH model has room for a 2.5" SSD as well as an M.2 drive

BIOS problems Driver problems Hardware problems

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Justin H. (

Great home vsphere lab


I would definitely recommend this for others looking for a small vsphere lab. I've purchased multiple of these for home and work and will probably be getting more.

Device performs great using vsphere 6. I have this setup as a home lab with over 10 running vms and it performs great.

Requires usb NIC to get extra ports with vsphere. Works great with usb NICs though. If you use intense CPU vms then you will not be able to run many as it is only dual core. I have a ELK stack and IDS running that chew up most of my CPU but the other 8...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Frederick S. (

Fast Modern PC


Despite some other mediocre reviews, this is a great little box. With any new hardware, there may be issues, which is why is pays to read the Intel forums before purchasing. I set it up with Openelec (dev vers 6.95) and it makes the perfect, quiet...

Makes a great Media Center or personal PC Lightning fast when used with M.2 drive

Has some bios issues, but after checking out Intel online support was able to resolve by updating the bios.

Apr, 2016

Product Specifications


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Product codename:Pinnacle Canyon
Product Family:Intel NUC
Product series:Intel NUC kit
VESA mounting: Yes


Number of memory slots:1

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4


Thermal Design Power (TDP):6

Processor special features

Conflict Free: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
OS Guard: No


Supported storage drive types:HDD, SSD