Kabylake NUC worked up w/ DragonFlyBSD
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Wed Sep 6 11:45:31 PDT 2017
What desktop did you use? .. what is the graphics performance like on that
On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 5:11 AM, Matthew Dillon <dillon at backplane.com> wrote:
> I worked up Intel's recent Kabylake NUC with DragonFlyBSD and it tested
> out very well. This is the NUC715BNK (slim or tall version). Just about
> everything I care about worked. Only the sdcard slot and the IR receiver
> don't. Ethernet, Wifi, dual display, USB, sound, storage... all work.
> This is what I tested:
> Basically this NUC has a standard Wifi (if_iwn driver and iwn8265fw
> firmware), standard ethernet, dual display output that can drive two 4K
> monitors at 60hz (HDMI and USB-C -> DP1.2), sound, four USB ports, and a
> M.2 slot for a NVMe drive on the motherboard. The slim version can only
> hold the NVMe card, while the fatter version has room for a 2.5" SSD in
> addition to the NVMe card. I've been using the NUC as my workstation for
> the last week (driving two 4K monitors) and it works very well with xterms,
> chrome, and YouTube.
> There are two very nice things about this NUC verses earlier NUCs. First,
> it isn't underpowered. The cpu is a 2-core/4-thread 2.2 GHz Kabylake, but
> it turbo's to 3.4 GHz on both cores (all four threads), and pretty much
> stays turboed the whole time which makes it equivalent in power to an older
> Haswell i3-4130 desktop cpu. Second, Intel finally got the Memo and put a
> proper M.2 slot on the motherboard that can accomodate a full-sized NVMe
> SSD (you don't have to put their stupid Optane junk in the slot, a normal
> NVMe card works well and it will boot from it). Mind you, it isn't a
> game-playing machine... this is a NUC after all. But its a wonderful
> low-profile desktop/workstation. I have it mounted under my desk.
> In terms of sound, its standard like most machines these days. I did have
> a problem with hum on the stereo outpu jack (channel 0)t, but channel 1
> runs through the HDMI and that works perfectly via the the stereo output on
> the monitor. Other than that, I am quite impressed.
> Any NVMe SSD will work, I just threw in a random card I had on my shelf.
> I'm not advocating the Toshiba. The best NVMe SSDs today are from Samsung
> and Micron/Crucial. Standard EFI boot.
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