Preview on 5th Gen Intel NUC for VMware ESXi

Intel NUCs are small, silent, transportable and have a very low power consumption, making it a great server for your homelab. On CES 2015 Intel officially presented their new Broadwell NUCs which will be available in a few weeks.

Intel NUCs are not officially supported by VMware but they have a great community support. They are proven in many homlabs or even for demonstrating Virtual SAN deployments.

  • Broadwell CPU
  • i7 NUC announced (Q2/2015)
  • No changes in memory support (max. 16GB)
  • Available with and withouth 2.5" HDD slot

5th-gen-nuc

Model (2.5") NUC5i7RYH NUC5i5RYH NUC5i5MYHE NUC5i3RYH NUC5i3MYHE
no 2.5" Slot NUC5i5RYK n/a NUC5i3RYK n/a
Architecture Broadwell (14 nm)
CPU i7-? i5-5250U i5-5300U vPro i3-5010U i3-5010U
Base Frequency 1.6 GHz 2.3 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.1 GHz
Max Frequency 2.7 GHz 2.9 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores 2
TDP 15 W
Memory Type DDR3L SODIMM 1.35V
1333/1600/1866 MHz
Max Memory 16GB
USB Ports 2x USB 3.0 (front panel)
2x USB 3.0 (back panel)
2x USB 2.0 (internal)
Storage M.2 SSD Card
SATA3 2.5" HDD/SDD
Wireless LAN Yes No Yes No
Bluetooth Yes No Yes No
Gigabit LAN Yes Yes Yes Yes
Launch Q2 2015 March
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  1. I have three of the D54250WYK models and they are amazing work-horses for ESXi. The only downsides for this great boxes are the 16Gb RAM limit and only one NIC. Still for the size and power requirements, it's enough.

    My blog post shows how to install ESXi 5.5 on these boxes - http://myrandomthoughts.co.uk/2014/12/intel-nuc-as-a-esxi-host-part-1/

  2. VMware Homeserver – ESXi on 5th Gen Intel NUC | Virten.net - pingback on July 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm
  3. Hi,

    Anyone found supported Vsphere 6 m.2 Nic's?

    having just on is very annoying as it prevent HA from funning properly in Vsphere.

    Steph.

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