Race to the Desktop!

Benchmarks are fun & all, but what most people want to know is how their system performs in the real world.

Here’s a quick video to show the difference in performance between the NUC5PGYH and the NUC5i3RYH.  The PGYH (left) is shown as it arrived (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, Windows 10, clean install), while the i3RYH (right) is shown in a fairly common configuration (4GB RAM, 180GB Intel SSD, Windows 10, clean install). No peripherals or devices other than the keyboard/mouse receiver are attached to either.

I doubt the extra RAM matters in booting to the Windows desktop.  Other than that, you can see what the extra money is getting you with the i3.  Whether the added cost (and work) is worth it is up to you.


2 thoughts on “Race to the Desktop!

  1. Greetings,
    Like your blog. I’ve just recently build a system with a NUC5i and two SSDs onboard, using Nutanix Community Edition (CE). Now I have a virtualization host capable of comfortably running three or four Windows server and/or desktop VMs (Acropolis CentOS (Linux – KVM) derived hypervisor – so no VMware or Hyper-V tax). By stacking three similar NUCs I would have a highly available cluster. With another stack of three in a different location, I’d have a fully replicated failover site.
    I’m planning a stack of three NUC 7i for my first Nutanix CE cluster home lab. With that I would be able to run an entire small business and be competitive with cloud based solutions.
    Cheers, Tony.


  2. Hi Tony, I confess I haven’t tried stacking NUCs before, so I’d be interested in hearing more about it. What i7 were you planning to go with? I’m guessing the NUC5i7. Sounds like a cool project!


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