Pros

  • Uniquely diminutive footprint
  • Full-size computing power
  • Lots of I/O ports
  • IR receiver

Cons

  • Bare-bones system: Some components not included
  • Limited upgrade potential
  • Itty-bitty design carries a price premium

At A Glance

If you're looking for the smallest of teeny-tiny PCs for your home theater or small business, Intel's latest Next Unit of Computing shines. But it remains a niche product with some limitations. Look before you leap.

Manufacturer’s Description

Sleek, shiny, and with a smaller footprint than a wireless modem, the Intel NUC with the 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor is at home in your living room, your office, or your media center. The D54250WYK SKU of Intel NUC is equipped with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, automatically allowing processor cores to safely run faster than the base operating frequency. It also includes Intel Rapid Start Technology, ensuring you are quickly up and running, and Intel Smart Connect Technology to keep you up to date at all times.

Manufacturer’s Website

Intel NUC Kit (Model D54250WYK)

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5-4250U
Processor speed 2600.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD5000
Video Memory Type DDR3
Storage
Drive 1 size 180.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • HDMI
  • Infrared
  • Line In 1/8
  • Line Out 1/8
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection
  • 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
Memory
Memory size 8.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 4.6 inches
Depth 4.4 inches
Height 1.4 inches
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
Devices Built-In Microphone
Case
Chassis style Ultra Small Form Factor

Performance

Product Type
Subcategory Compact
Overall Rating
Worldbench Score 241.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Start Up
Start Up 20.9   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMARK 4398.0   score (higher is better)
Web Performance
Peacekeeper 2490.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 5403.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 140.2   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 248.8   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 127.3   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 159.0   seconds (lower is better)
Encoding Audio 279.6   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 1.6   Watt hours
Idle power usage 7.7   Watts
Gaming
3DMark, Firestrike 688.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 4119.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Ice Storm 28351.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 323.0   score (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 1.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Low Quality, 1024x768 18.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 2.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 4.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 29.7   Frames per second (higher is better)

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