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217 reviews

Oct, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 217 reviews of Intel NUC 5PPYH. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the design. The size also gets good opinions, but there are some mixed reviews about the reliability and price.

usability, size, 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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Intel NUC 5PPYH from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on People are impressed by the usability and reliability.

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

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: (

Intel NUC review: a little desktop PC that holds big promise


The NUC's small size, reasonable price and solid performance make it an ideal PC for tinkerers on a budget. Just be prepared to roll up your sleeves in setting it up.

Fast and simple hardware setup ; Great performance for common tasks ; Small size, VESA-mountable ; Barely audible fan noise

No native USB 3.0 ; Pricey once you factor in all the components

Now, it's time to address the question that we put out there at the very beginning of this review: is the NUC really deserving of its "Next Unit of Computing" title? Absolutely. The NUC stands as proof that traditional, mid-tower PCs deserve to go by...

Mar, 2013

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: Anonymous (

Great Choice! Everything as expected or better. This is my first INTEL NUC kit.


I tried to play a graphically intense game like the Witcher 3 on 40fps and it is not bad considering it is an integrated card. Of course, I can add an external graphics card like the Razor Core later. At 60fps or more, it starts to stutter. I did not...

-easy to set up -nice and compact and portable -can play graphically intensive games -instruction on how to 3d print your own cover -thunderbolt connection -mostly easy driver installation from Intel

-not much

May, 2016

Consumer review by: wendell b. (

Very nice unit overall. Great performance. Very happy I purchased it.


I added 32GB of DDR4 RAM and two M.2 memory modules (the very fast Samsung 950 Pro series). Overall I'm very satisfied with the performance - very snappy during boot time and during general use too. One installation tip: After you install your OS (I...

CPU is quick, graphics are snappy. Very nicely designed package - unscrew 4 bottom screws and you can open the unit and get to everything. I had everything (RAM, M2's) installed in 5 minutes. RAM and M.2's are very easy to install. Lots of nice ports -...

No major con's that I ran into. Everything worked and runs as expected. For some people, the lack of an internal 2.5" drive bay may be a concern. You can always connect 2.5" drives externally via either the USB 3.0 ports or via a Thunderbolt adapter....

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Matthew B. (

Small and powerful but warm


-Specs: 512GB 950 Pro M.2 with 32GB G-skill 2133 ram and Windows 10 -Benchmarks I've ran so far *3DMark Sky Diver = 7982, Fire Strike = 1863, Cloud Gate = 12316, Ice Storm = 85480, Ice Storm Extreme = 70764 *Cinebench R15 OpenGL = 76.38fps, CPU = 688cb...

-Great performance per square foot. -While it is a mobile chip it is very snappy and plenty quick. -The amount of CPU and GPU performance they're getting out of a 45W package is very impressive. -Appears to keep up with my old i7 2600 no problem.

-Under heavy CPU load the temperature increases very quickly to the upper 90C range, up to 100C and once it's in that range it starts throttling but was still hovering around 3.2GHz, so not a big impact -Under combined CPU and GPU load it runs into...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Caleb J. (

Outstanding product - Runs Gentoo Linux great


I actually own this. As of the writing of this review, I think 1 other reviewer on this site actually owns this (I think this will be the 11th review). The others are simply commentary, which I do not find useful. I have had this for 4 days, and am...

- Very fast CPU - Expandable M.2 storage options (NVME + SATA) - and it can boot fine from NVME - 4x USB 3.0 Type A (traditional) + 1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 - 3 video outputs (including the Thunderbolt 3 port) - Small form factor - Fan speed is dynamic...

The fan can get a little loud when the CPUs are pegged at 100% for extended periods, but probably not louder than a typical desktop with the same performance.

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

for those considering this.


the razer core is only worth $200 at most not it's list price of $500 considering is has a cheap 500 watt psu that can only supply 375watts for gpu use and that thunderbolt controler boards are only $12 to oems. a m.2(ngff) gpu adapter from Bplus is...

the first thunderbolt 3.0 nuc.

but given that mini-itx(6.7 x 6.7 inch) motherboards like the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT have a full pci-e slot,thunderbolt port and offer the flexibility to upgrade the cpu for $238. throw in the fact a that a i5-6600k is currently only $244 . it...

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Ramesh K. (

What can I say...WOW


I have purchased four so far... They are great for tight areas. I purchased one with an i7, 500 GB m.2 SSD, 16 GB Ram. We use this in one of out conference rooms. It is able to run autoCAD and microstation without any major hitches. Just keep your...

Small footprint, fast, easy to configure supports m.2 SSD

None that I cansee

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

I actually own this


Thanks to Newegg for delivering same day... Very impressed!

Feels faster than my newish high spec MacBook Pro. Had it built and running in under 5 mins. Happy with it so far. Managed 40fps on BF3 at default settings.

Runs pretty hot compared to other NUCs, make sure you ventilate.

May, 2016

Consumer review by: Sharath N. (

Too expensive for the performance


So it is hard to justify this one as this is just like dell does not have an upgrade path as motherboard is not a popular form factor. The socket is mobile processors only. It is more expensive than a laptop that has more performance than this one....

- Form factor is appealing; its the perfect size - Future proof due to thunderbolt USB C

- The CPU is under powered for the cost . Core i7-6770HQ ($400 + ) why was Core i7-6870HQ not used. worst still why was a 65 watt i7-6785R (which is cheaper and far faster) not used which should have been the ideal match up for this. As this would have...

May, 2016

Product Specifications


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


Number of memory slots:1 / 2


Intel Express BIOS update: Yes
Intel Visual BIOS: Yes

Ports & interfaces

M.2 card slot (wireless):22x30
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4


Thermal Design Power (TDP):10 / 45 / 6

Processor special features

Conflict Free: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® OS Guard:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
OS Guard:No / Yes


Supported storage drive types:HDD, SSD / SSD

Technical Details

ARK ID:76978 / 81164 / 87740 / 89187 / 95062