Originally Posted by renethx
Performance-wise, a desktop i3 is more powerful: i3-4010U 1.7GHz in NUC vs Core i3-4330 3.5GHz. For pure video playback, NUC is enough, however. If you may add an expansion card (e.g. TV tuner), go with FC8. Or unless you want 3D, Haswell Pentium in FC8 is a good choice.
BTW there may be a Core i5-4250U NUC with Intel HD Graphics 5000, but that will cost more (+$60?) because of expensive integrated graphics cache (good for gaming and madVR beyond DXVA2).
Renethx and/or others:
Hope I'm not hijacking the thread Dakkar, but it seemed like a decent conversation to pose the question:
I am planning to use a Haswell NUC for my next build, but I'm undecided on the CPU/GPU. Any guesses on what madVR level the Intel HD Graphics 5000 GPU will be capable of for film and video? (40EU's at up to 1GHz, but no eDRAM like Iris Pro 5200)
I would like to be able to tinker with higher level processing on this little box, but I'm curious whether it will be significantly faster than IVB Intel Graphics HD 4000 or the i3-4010U with HD 4400. I've been pondering this while waiting patiently for the product release...
Is madVR analogous to any of the game benchmarks? Anyone out there with a 2013 Macbook Air (which uses the i5-4250U) care to do a test??
Thanks for all knowledge and resources, AVS'ers!