Kabylake NUC worked up w/ DragonFlyBSD

Bernard Mentink bmentink at gmail.com
Wed Sep 6 11:45:31 PDT 2017

Hi Matt,

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:
> https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4EP1N0/ref=oh_aui_
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> https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B015HQ9VEM/ref=oh_aui_
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> https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G3HLP0C/ref=oh_aui_
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> 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.
> -Matt
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