Question NUC i3 (iris 655) and gaming ?

Jul 15, 2019
Hello...I am looking for some help

The question I am asking is what fps I can expect with an Iris Plus 655 at 1080p and 1440p in the games that I have listed further below.

( I am aware of that the iris plus 655 is not even remotely suited for gaming but that is not the subject matter of my question.)

Introduction, for context:

To use "Iris Plus 655" and "gaming" in the same sentance will perhaps, for many enthusiast gamers, seem like a joke if not a sign of arrogance.

However, the days of serious gaming, if such a thing ever existed for a non-professional such as myself, are becoming history so I am merely looking for something that will keep me from drying up completely.

I am considering to buy an intel NUC with the i3 8th gen. (BEH version) because i want something that is:

  • stationary,
  • small scale
  • silent (or atleast quiet)
  • cheap.
Why not i5 ?

  • Possibly higher temperature -> Louder
  • Gets bottlenecked in games by the iris 655
  • No use of the quad core power outside of gaming either
The graphics card is, based on what i could dig up online, the bottleneck for all the NUCs as far as gaming is concerned.

The games:

First off:

UT 99 and Quake Live, these two are somewhat my go-to essentials. I need them to atleast reach stable 144 fps at 1080p, preferably at 1440p. If this is not possible then I will have to reconsider my planned purchase.

The rest below are titles I hope to be playing at say 30-60 fps at 1080p or 1440p

Doom 3
Condemend Criminal Origins
Mass Effect 1 and 2
Rage (yes, I liked this game)
Civ 3, 4 and 5

So, if you have relevant benchmark info or other thoughts then please leave a comment!


You can find benchmarks for the games online with a web search, if you can't find that exact video card listed for them, you can compare it to another card and check on that one

A NUC device is not really cheap, you can get a system with a Ryzen 5 2400g with higher end parts in a small case that is a lot faster in games for same price or less. It won't be as small as a NUC but will be way more flexible and usable.

Or this SFF from Lenovo

Or this guy, although don't know who makes it or exact components
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