Intel NUC Skylake Benchmarks On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 21 December 2015 at 10:29 AM EST. 5 Comments
While Intel NUCs powered by Skylake have been announced for some time, it's still next to impossible to find these "NUC6" models at major Internet retailers. I'm told the situation should improve in early 2016, but fortunately there is some early Linux performance result data from two of these Skylake NUCs.

An independent user has run some Phoronix Test Suite benchmarks on a Intel NUC6i5SYB and NUC6i3SYB and has shared that data on

The NUC6i5SYB features a Core i5 6260U that is a dual-core part with Hyper Threading that features Iris 540 graphics. The i3 Skylake NUC features a Core i3 6100U processor, which is a dual-core part with Hyper Threading and has a 2.3GHz clock speed. The i3-6100U features just HD Graphics 520.

All of the test results I've seen from these two Skylake NUCs this morning on were with Ubuntu 15.10. There is:

1512218-KH-NUC6I564092 - The Core i5 Skylake NUC with PostMark, RAMspeed, C-Ray, and Apache tests.

1512210-KH-NUC6I332425 - Some of the Core i3 tests.

And more.

While they are just standalone results uploaded by the independent entity, if you wish to compare your own Linux system's performance against these results, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark XYZ where XYZ is the results identifier.

As soon as I get my hands on a Skylake NUC will be plenty more Linux performance results.
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