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Intel NUC5i5RYH
Subsystem Checkout

Jim Carter, 2016-01-18, upated 2018-01-16

When the new machine was received, I checked out these features. In summary, every one of the features that the machine was supposed to have, performed with no hassle out of the box.


Box Worked out of the box.
Conf It needed editing a configuration file or running a setup GUI.
Add-On Needed additional or patched software: download it; follow instructions to compile and/or install it; it works.
Fiddle As with Add-On, but it required some workarounds in the procedure, which might seem minor to an experienced user but which might prevent a newbie from making it work.
Hack So you call yourself a guru? This one will challenge your skills. But this guru eventually got it working.
Fail I wasn't able to get this one to work, at least so far.
N.T. Not tested.
* A prerequisite did not qualify for the Box or Conf rating, but once that was set up, the listed component worked with no further hassle.

Checklist of Features

Does it boot at all? Box
 Yes, it boots the installer and the installed kernel with no problems. This is OpenSuSE-42.1, kernel 4.1.13.
Processor: Intel Core i5 5250U Box
  Cores (has hyperthread, turned off) 2
  Technology 14nm
  Nominal clock speed 1.6GHz
  Turbo clock speed (1 core) 2.7GHz
  Minimum clock speed 0.8GHz
  Bogomips 3192
  Jimc's benchmark (Mb/sec) 87185
  MPEG-2 playback (ffmpeg), CPU% 12%
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 (48 execution units) Box
  Using the HDMI port, with a 1920x1080px display (1080p), the machine can perform MPEG-2 and H.264 encoded media with no problems: way more than enough CPU power and no dropped frames. I'm assuming without proof that the GPU is doing the decoding.
Memory Box
  Memory parameters reported by memtest86+ and /proc/meminfo:
  L1 Cache size 32Kb
  L1 Cache speed (byte/sec) 1.60e11
  L2 Cache size (per core?) 256Kb
  L2 Cache speed (byte/sec) 3.47e10
  L3 Cache size 3Mb
  L3 Cache speed (byte/sec) 2.35e10
  RAM on this machine 2 x 8Gb
  Main RAM speed (byte/sec) 1.31e10
  Video RAM reservation 2Gb est'd
  Sockets for RAM 2
  Installable memory limit (total) 16Gb
Disc Box
  Seagate Momentus 1 TB 5400RPM SATA 3Gb/s 8 MB Cache 2.5-Inch Internal Notebook Hard Drive, model STBD1000100.
  Intel Ethernet Connection I218-V, gigabit ethernet (IEEE 802.3). e1000e driver. Our net is limited to 100Mbit/sec.
Wi-fi N.T.
  Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (802.11-ac and backward compatible with b/g/n). Not tested.
Bluetooth N.T.
  Intel 8087:0a2a on USB, coordinated with the Intel Wireless-AC 7265. Not tested. I'm actually using a Bluetooth keyboard with an autonomous dongle that presents the keyboard and mouse datastreams as HIDs, that can be used before the operating system boots.
Audio Box
  • Intel Broadwell-U Audio Controller, and…
  • Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller
    Only one is accessible; the loaded drivers are for HD audio.
  • Analog stereo codec: tested and works through the 3.5mm phone jack.
  • S/PDIF on HDMI: tested and works.
  • Microphone: not tested, but volume control is present.
USB Ports Box
  One bus with controllers for USB-2.0 (EHCI, 480Mbit/sec) and USB-3.0 (XHCI, 5Gbit/sec); standard devices (12Mbit/sec) are handled b the EHCI controller also. 2 ports in front, 2 in rear.
Infrared Receiver Box
  Nuvoton w836x7hg Infrared Remote Transceiver using the nuvoton_cir driver. The sensor is in front to the right of the headphone jack. The acronym CIR is used in Intel literature to describe this device. Used with a Philips ElectroHome remote control, it loads the rc_rc6_mce protocol handler and delivers keysyms acceptable to MythTV. See my writeup on configuring the remote control.
Special Features
  Auto boot when power returns Box
  Wake on LAN Box
  Wake on realtime clock Box
  Watchdog (present but not tested) N.T.
  PXE boot (present but not tested) N.T.
Suspend and Wake Box
  By default, the machine wakes or boots on all of USB, realtime clock, and LAN. USB wakeup can be turned off in the BIOS. Wake on infrared can be turned on. Times to suspend and to wake, in seconds:
  S3 (suspend to RAM) 2 / 6 sec
  S4 (hibernate to disc) 10 /21 sec
  S5 (power off and reboot) 9 / 73 sec
  Greeter to XFCE desktop, 1st time 11 sec
  Greeter to XFCE desktop, repeat 3 sec
  Onboard devices including graphics can suspend and wake successfully.
  The Hauppauge HTV-950q and 1950 TV capture devices (USB) do not suspend cleanly to S3 or S4 due to a driver bug. Fail
Power consumption, not including Hauppauge HTV-950q (2W) OK
  S3 (suspended to RAM) 3W
  Idle 9W
  Maxed out, one core 16W
  Maxed out, both cores 20W
  Playing MPEG-2 1080p video 11W
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