Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit NUC8i5BEHS Mini Business & Home PC Desktop Review

Latest pricing, specs and Intel gaming PC review. Updated September 2021. How many PC games will it run? Is it a good choice for a PC gamer? Should you buy this Intel computer?

For a PC gamer, the most important component in the system is the graphics card. This is the supermodel part that will make or break the setup and is responsible for making all your games look awesome. The more powerful the graphics card the higher, smoother frame rates you will get, the higher resolution you can run at, and the better your games will look. For graphics, this Intel computer has a NVIDIA GeForce GT 620. We rate this NVIDIA GPU as powerful enough to run 140 games at a recommended level.

Next on the list has to be the CPU. The processor at the heart of your gaming desktop is the brains of the outfit, and is vital for making sure that you can get the most out of your graphics card when it comes to gaming performance. The number of cores isn’t vital for games, beyond four cores you get diminishing returns, but you want to make sure what you do have run at a high frequency. The Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit NUC8i5BEHS Mini Business & Home PC Desktop has a Intel Core i5-8260U capable of running at 1.6 GHz. That level of power from an Intel chip means it is rated to run 802 of the most popular 1000 PC games at a recommended level.

The level of RAM in a gaming desktop is also important. More system memory allows your PC to churn through large amounts of data quickly, and for today’s massive open gameworlds it’s vital to have that information accessed quickly to speed up game loads. Having too little RAM can mean laggy frames and a poor experience.

This rig comes with 8 GB of system RAM. It’s a bit disappointing and will limit the performance and the number of games this gaming PC will be able to run.

Unfortunately, this pre-built gaming PC won't run games like GTA V, PUBG, Red Dead Redemption 2, Apex Legends, Minecraft and Fortnite at a recommended level.

Coming in at $439.99 this rig falls into our affordable category of gaming PCs under $500. The setup can run 136 of our target games at recommended level.

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Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit NUC8i5BEHS Mini Business & Home PC Desktop
PCGameBenchmark Rating: 13%

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Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit NUC8i5BEHS Mini Business & Home PC Desktop Specs

CPU

Intel Core i5-8260U

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GT 620

RAM (Memory)

8 GB RAM

Weight

1.51 lb (684.92 g)

Dimensions (L x W x H)

11.68 cm x 11.18 cm x 5.08 cm
4.6 in x 4.4 in x 2 in

Brand

Intel

Series

NUC 8

Colour

Black

Model Number

NUC8i5BEHS

Hardware Platform

PC

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit NUC8i5BEHS Mini Business & Home PC Desktop PC Gaming Performance

This computer will run 136 of the top PC games. Use PCGameBenchmark's Rate My PC service to test your current set up and set how it compares.

Which games can it run?

Can It Run GTA 5?

This Intel gaming pc doesn't meet the recommended system requirements for GTA 5 but it can play the game with lowered settings.

Can It Run Apex Legends?

This Intel gaming pc doesn't meet the recommended system requirements for Apex Legends but it can play the game with lowered settings.

Can It Run Fortnite?

This Intel gaming pc doesn't meet the recommended system requirements for Fortnite but it can play the game with lowered settings.

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit NUC8i5BEHS Mini Business & Home PC Desktop Features

  • ▌Please Read Before You Purchase ▌This desktop is upgraded from a brand new base model. The manufacturer box is opened and resealed to install the parts to achieve the specifications as advertised. Three-year warranty for upgraded RAM / SSD from Issaquah
  • Intel i5-8260U (4 Cores 8 Threads, base clock speed 1.6GHz, max turbo to 3.9GHz, 6MB Cache), integrated Graphics UHD620, 4K 60Hz supported (Thunderbolt 3), Dual monitors supported
  • 1 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB Type-A, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x microSDXC with UHS-I support, 1 x Audio Combo Jack
  • Intel Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 5.0, with bonus IST Computers Power Cable
  • Windows 10 Professional 64-bit, Ideal for Student, Home, Professionals, Small Business, and School Education

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