Intel Kaby Lake Linux Testing With MSI's Cubi 2 Mini PC

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 9 November 2016. Page 6 of 6. 25 Comments

During the benchmarking process, the Core i5 7200U (15 Watt TDP) did get warmer than the Core i3 5010U (15 Watt TDP) NUC. The temperature at idle of this Core i5 Cubi 2 was 47C, an average under load of 62C, and a peak temperature of 75C.

The overall AC power draw during benchmarking of the Cubi 2 with 8GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM and SATA 3.0 SSD was 19 Watts with a peak of 26 Watts and minimum power draw of 8 Watts.

Once again if you want to compare your own Linux system(s) performance to the results in this article for the Core i5 7200U, , simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1611099-TA-KABYLAKE237. If you want to compare the CPU thermal results, run MONITOR=cpu.temp phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1611092-TA-CUBI2MSI318.

So far the Linux testing of the Intel Core i5-7200U Kaby Lake / MSI Cubi 2 on Ubuntu 16.10 is going well. Stay tuned for more benchmarks (including Kaby Lake Vulkan gaming numbers, Steam Linux gaming potential of HD Graphics 620, cross-Linux distribution comparison, compiler benchmarks) in the days ahead. If you are interested in checking out this Kaby Lake small form factor PC you can find it in stock for $380 USD at Amazon and NewEgg.

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