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Intel NUC 6i5SYH

Intel NUC 6i5SYH
alaScore 88

136 reviews

Mar, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews of Intel NUC 6i5SYH. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The size and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, size, design, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Intel NUC 6i5SYH is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Intel NUC 6i5SYH from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The size and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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This summary is based on the products: Intel NUC NUC6i5SYH Desktop Computer - Core i5 i5-6260U 1.80 GHz - Mini PC BOXNUC6I5SYHIntel NUC NUC6i5SYH Desktop Computer - Core i5 i5-6260U 1.80 GHz - Mini PC BOXNUC6I5SYH

Mar, 2019

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Intel NUC6i5SYH Mini PC Review


Do-it-all Mini PC. The latest Core i5 NUC from Intel includes Skylake architecture and Intel Iris Graphics. It's capable of a little bit of everything from home use to digital creativity.

compact build, flexible connectivity options, PCIe M.2 SSD port, low Noise

throttling under extreme load, no USB 3.1 Rev 2 / Thunderbolt

The Intel NUC 6i5SYH with Intel Core i5 6260 and Intel Iris Graphics 540 doesn't look any different to the previous generation NUC 515RYH so it's all down to performance differences with the new model. While the Skylake CPU offers slightly better...

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Tiny but snappy - once it's set up


I had to knock of 2 eggs just for the driver installation issues. C'mon Intel ... other manufacturers are smart enough to do all of the installs in one shot. Why can't you? Even two rounds, with a reboot in between, would be reasonable. But going...

- Small, easily hangs on a monitor - Has room for an M.2 SSD + a 2.5" drive - Plenty fast for most tasks

- Driver installation is a pain ... the Intel driver update utility insists on installing one driver at a time and rebooting ... all the while downloading the drivers every time. It also never seemed to recall that it had already installed the Intel...

May, 2016

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BIOS Versions Prior to 42 Destroy Motherboard Components Due to Excessive Voltage


-Heat is the enemy of this tiny system, so I suggest NOT using it as a software build machine or video editing machine. -If you have been running a Skylake NUC with a BIOS other than version 42, it is probably already damaged to some degree.

-Small and fast -SYH version allows re-use of 2.5 inch SSDs

My NUC6i5SYH ran fine for about 2.5 months until it suddenly started crashing shortly after boot with WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. After Googling for NUC WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR I found that BIOS versions prior to 42 applied too much voltage to some...

May, 2016

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I wanted to love this


No. It's not ready for prime time and that makes me immensely sad. On paper this is the perfect PC for me, but I bought a compact unit specifically because I didn't want to waste time fiddling with hardware. Now I've wasted night after night fiddling...

- Compact size, and it packs a punch - Ran year-old-games with zero issues - Served well as a workstation for illustrator and development

- Endless driver issues - Three clean installs of Windows and each had horrible driver issues. First my networking failed, then search failed, then "System and compressed memory" ran away with my CPU and sat using a whole core all the time.

May, 2016

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Such a small amount of Power in such a small package - My Options in Other section


ports for HDMI (full size thank you!) ... too close together if you in my case have a DVI to hdmi adapter and a Ethernet plug to use... I got around it by removing the hood on the cable still this left the adapter putting a little pressure on the power...

- Small footprint - lots of processing power for the small package it runs in - excellent for a family member who just does email, internet, and photo's and does not have a big work space... seriously 4x4 inches... Awesome!


Apr, 2016

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It broke a few weeks after purchase. Do not buy!


Update: Will not boot USB or SSD after 4 weeks (can't return it). Freezes / BSOD on boot. It isn't obvious that you need to go to Intel's website and download and install the drivers for every device. This guy is buggy with the Win10 default drivers....

It was great while it lasted

Update: random BSOD, now won't even boot USB Linux. Mem tests all pass... UPDATING THE BIOS DISABLES THE M.2 SLOT. Easy enough to point and click to fix on the first boot after update. You have been warned.

Apr, 2016

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Not great if only worked 60 days!!


- Despite the many negative reviews in different boards, I decided to go ahead and buy the NUC. My Set Up was - RAM 2 x 8G G.SKILL Ripjaws 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) - Primary drive, SAMSUNG 850 EVO M.2 500GB SATA III 3-D Vertical...

Easy to setup; Great speed; Right size. Fits everywhere.

- Nothing significant until it stopped working. Just when I needed it most!

Apr, 2016

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Great 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. This is a great desktop replacement if you don't...

Small Packs a lot of power for its size Quiet

The BIOS is immature (four updates have been released since November) The hardware has problems (Intel recently released a hardware change notice for the motherboard) The NUCs are incredibly finicky about what kind of RAM they'll work with. They won't...

Apr, 2016

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I would NOT recommend these to anyone unless they like tossing their money in the trash.

Small size, lots of ram.

I got this to replace my shuttles as hosts for virtualization. Ran OK for just over a month, now they (yes I bought more than one) wont even boot or finish a re-install. I put the latest bios on, reverted back, even went to a previous version before...

Apr, 2016

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First unit worked three weeks and died


After tinkering with this unit for a few weeks and getting OpenELEC running smoothly on it, the unit decided to blow up. I was notified it has bit the bullet because for some reason it started dumping massive voltage into the managed network switch it...

Powerful unit, really awesome specs for such a small device. Compatible with OpenELEC appliance OS for HTPC usage (with KODI) Built in M.2 port, IR, DisplayPort, and USB 3.0

BIOS has a bad history so far. (Still has problems with current 033) My first unit blew up pretty hardcore a few weeks after I got it. Memory compatibility issues. Updating the BIOS can be a nightmare. Standard 2.5" slot is very difficult to remove a...

Apr, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio output channels:7.1
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y




ARK ID:89190
Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis type:UCFF
Color of product:Black, Silver
Housing material:Aluminium, Plastic
Product codename:Swift Canyon
Product color:Black, Silver
Product family:Intel NUC
Product series:Intel NUC kit
Product type:Mini PC barebone

Energy Management

AC adapter output voltage:19
Power supply:65
Power supply type:External AC adapter

Expansion Slots

PCI Express slots version:3.0


Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1700
On-board graphics adapter: Yes


Maximum internal memory:32
Memory bandwidth (max):29.9
Memory channels:Dual
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM
Memory voltage:1.2
Number of Memory Slots:2
Supported memory clock speeds:1866,2133
Supported memory types:DDR4-SDRAM


Compatible processor series:Core i5
Number of processors supported:1
Processor socket:BGA1356


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 50
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 50
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 70
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 70


BIOS memory size:64
Intel Express BIOS update:Y
Intel Visual BIOS:Y
Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Number of displays supported:3
Operating system installed:N
PC health monitoring:FAN, Temperature, Voltage
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DisplayPort version:1.2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4b
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 ports quantity:4


AC adapter output voltage:19
Power supply:65
Power supply type:External AC adapter


Built-in processor: Yes
Compatible processor series:Core i5
L3 cache:4
Number of processors supported:1
Processor boost frequency:2.9
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel / Intel Core i5-6xxx
Processor frequency:1.8
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-6260U
Processor socket:BGA1356
Processor threads:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes


Operating system installed:N


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Number of storage drives supported:2
RAID levels:0, 1
Storage drive interface:M.2
Storage drive sizes supported:2.5
Supported storage drive types:HDD, SSD

Technical Details

ARK ID:89190

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