Intel NUC 6th Gen NUC6i5SYK / NUC6i5SYH (Core i5, Intel Iris Graphics 540) $300 / $309 FS @ Amazon (Prime req'd), @ Newegg AC [Lowest Ever]
Deal DetailsLast Edited by kkgupta September 19, 2016 at 08:14 PM
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NUC6i5SYK - M.2 SSD model
NUC6i5SYH - M.2 + 2.5" SSD model
Newegg $309.59 AC FS w/ Premier/Shoprunner (use 20% off coupon listed on page)
UPDATE: Looks like only the Newegg "H" model is still available at this price (w/ coupon on page).
- Intel Core i5-6260U (up to 2.9GHz)
- 2x DDR4 2133 slots (max 32gb RAM)
- Intel Iris graphics 540
- HDMI 1.4b (full-size), mini-DP 1.2
- Wireless-AC 8260 card built-in w/ BT 4.1
- 4x USB 3.0 ports
Both models have the same specs. The "K" model requires a slim M.2 form factor SSD. The "H" model is slightly taller and can accommodate a standard 2.5" SSD (in addition to M.2)
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What's with all the bad reviews? There are quite a few bad reviews on Amazon and Newegg. However, I believe most of the hardware reliability issues have been resolved in the latest Bios update (Version 42 or higher ). Intel has recalled much of the unsold inventory to update the Bios (look for a blue sticker on the bottom), which may explain the OOS/backorder at these retailers. Regardless, be sure to update to latest Bios first thing out of the box.
How good are the graphics? I've been specifically tracking this model b/c it has the Iris Graphics 540. According to arstechnica , the Iris 540 is a massive improvement and even outperforms the last-gen Iris Pro 5200 and Core i7's.
My experience with NUCs. I own 2 of the 4th gen Intel NUC model (Core i3) and I've found it to be the best mini-PC out there. Great combination of compact size, solid computing power, and reliable quality. With some Bios fan/temp settings tweaking, you can get the box to run silently. The integrated antenna wire on the 4th gen unit is surprisingly strong (got better reception w/ the internal antenna vs. using a standalone USB adapter with external antenna)
My only complaint is the limited # of USB ports (only 4 and they're all USB 3.0 which has known interference issues with 2.4GHz wireless USB receivers like the Logitech Unifying ones). My workaround was to use USB extension/dock cable. On this 6th gen unit, I've purchased a custom lid which connects to the USB 2.0 headers on board and provides 2x add'l USB ports (Gorite Intel NUC lid $26 FS Amazon ).
Additional hardware needed. I purchased the following to complete my mini-PC system.
- Intel 600p M.2 256GB SSD : uses the latest PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 interface, v. fast speeds, low price, 5yr warranty
- G.Skill Ripjaws 2x8G DDR4 RAM : not the lowest CL13 latency, but according to reviews has good compatibility with the NUCs (which are fickle with RAM); was debating b/t this and the lower-latency Kingston HyperX , but opted for compatibility.
NOTE: I bought both of the above on jet.com which had a higher listing price, but no tax and 15% off first-time customers