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Intel NUC7i5BNH
Subsystem Checkout

Jim Carter, 2017-12-24

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.
Later I'm still working on testing this item.
* 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 rescue system and the installed kernel with no problems. Rescue: OpenSuSE-42.1, kernel 4.1.13; production: OpenSuSE Tumbleweed (2017-12-05), kernel 4.14.2
Processor: Intel Core i5-7260U @2.2GHz Box
  Cores (has hyperthread, turned off in BIOS) 2
  Lithography 14nm
  Nominal clock speed 2.2GHz
  Turbo clock speed (1 core) 3.4GHz
  Minimum clock speed 0.4GHz
  Bogomips 4416
  Jimc's benchmark (Mb/sec) 134850
  MPEG-2 playback (ffmpeg), CPU% 13%-25%
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (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
  Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 2133 MT/s (MHz) (PC4-17000) SR x8 SODIMM
  Memory parameters reported by memtest86+ and /proc/meminfo:
  L1 Cache size (per core) 32Kb
  L1 Cache speed (byte/sec) 1.47e11
  L2 Cache size (per core) 256Kb
  L2 Cache speed (byte/sec) 5.5e10
  L3 Cache size 4Mb
  L3 Cache speed (byte/sec) 3.6e10
  RAM on this machine 2 x 4Gb
  Main RAM speed (byte/sec) 1.45e10
  Sockets for RAM 2
  Installable memory limit (total) 32Gb
  Video RAM (onboard) 64Mb
Disc Box
  Seagate 500GB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Hard Drive, model ST500LM030
  Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V, gigabit ethernet (IEEE 802.3). e1000e driver. Our net is limited to 100Mbit/sec.
Wi-fi N.T.
  Intel Wireless-AC 8265. 802.11-ac (5GHz) and backward compatible with b/g/n (2.4GHz). iwlmvm driver with mac80211, cfg80211. Not tested.
Bluetooth Box
  Part of the Intel Wireless-AC 8265. Bluetooth version 4.2. Works with a Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse 3600. (But what about in visual BIOS setup?)
Audio Box
  • Intel Sunrise Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller
  • Analog stereo codec: tested and works through the 3.5mm phone jack.
  • S/PDIF on HDMI: accepts playback, but no TV speaker available to test properly.
  • Microphone: not tested, but volume control is present.
  • Note, this machine normally plays back via a USB sound card, which works.
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 by the EHCI controller also. 2 ports in front, 2 in rear. The yellow one does charging: more than usual power, even in S5.
Infrared Receiver N.T.
  Infrared Remote Transceiver using the ite_cir driver. Can't tell what bus it's on, maybe i2c? The sensor is probably to the left of the front USB ports. The acronym CIR Customer InfraRed is used in Intel literature to describe this device.
Special Features
  Auto boot when power returns — could be configured but was left at stay off. Conf
  Wake on LAN Box
  Wake on realtime clock Box
  Wake on CIR (infrared) (promised but not tested) N.T.
  Watchdog (present but not tested) N.T.
  PXE boot (present but not tested) N.T.
  Virtual machine hosting Box
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 / wake, in seconds:
  S3 (suspend to RAM) 4 / 3 sec
  S4 (hibernate to disc) 12 /23 sec
  S5 (power off then boot to greeter) 9 / 106 sec
  Greeter to XFCE desktop, 1st time 13 sec
  Greeter to XFCE desktop, repeat 6 sec
  Onboard devices including graphics can suspend and wake successfully.
Power consumption OK
  S5 Off 0
  S4 (suspended to disc, hibernating) 0
  S3 (suspended to RAM) 4W (oink)
  Booting 14-16W
  Idle 12W
  Maxed out, one core 22W
  Maxed out, both cores 31W
  Playing MPEG-2 1080p video 13W, 25-30%
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