I had recently reinstalled Windows 8.1 onto an older Intel NUC I own and was trying to download all the drivers so that I could resolve an unknown device. I was having trouble finding what was missing to resolve it.
Finally got around to mounting the Intel NUC under my desk. Put it in a position where I can still access it as needed, but this gets it off the desk out of the way.
I used an extra bit of timber, as the screws I had were a little longer than required, so this buffers out that space so they don’t come through the top side of the desk. I also screwed it up using the 75×75 vesa mount position, as using the 100×100 vesa position made the machine a bit free to move.
Turned out quite awesome. Now i just need to tidy the cables out the back and get them lifted up with something so they don’t hang with that weight out of rear.
Currently working out a design to build a nice under mount shelve for some hardware at the back of the desk, since these old Ikea Galant desks have significant depth to them.
The Intel i3 NUC is going great. It’s awesome to have 16GB of ram installed, and a 500GB laptop drive. I also put in a m.2 SSD from Samsung. It’s a fantastic machine for the form factor. I was surprised to find that it runs Minecraft well with the onboard Intel GPU.
I think I will be building another one in the next few months. First I need to probably consider setting up another NAS.
My Intel Celeron NUC has been a fairly good machine, however really wanted something with a little more CPU grunt. So sold off my Celeron based unit with ram (minus storage) and happen to pickup a week old i3 unit.
Will post my feedback on the differences once I have it setup and installed. I am considering populating the i3 NUC with 16gb ram, and a combination of m2 SSD + Laptop drive for storage (eventually).
Readers (if I have any *hehe*) will remember that I have been using Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s. You can check out my previous posts about these from the link here.
Earlier last month I mounted them using the Vesa mounts onto the back of my LG 24″ displays. Picture below will show you what it looks when this has been performed, as the LG monitors have stands that don’t use the Vesa mounts.
As you can see from the above picture, this is a rather good way to position the NUC, and is now the way I have been using them since early December.
I’ve running Windows 8.1 Pro on one of my units now for a good period of time and must say I still like it. Sure it’s not the faster machine in the world, but for light duties it works very awesome. Just don’t go try and stream 1080P content from youtube with it.
Both my Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s have 8GB ram and an Intel 802.11ac (dual band) cards. One unit has traditional 500GB notebook drive, and the other has a 120GB SSD.
If you have any questions at all regarding these units, feel free to contact me. Happy to share my experience with them.
Below is a screen capture from Windows 8.1 Pro Task Manager showing my typical usage after a few days.
Touching on Linux for a moment, the Ubuntu 14.04 when booted on the units detects all hardware, including the bluetooth/wifi card combination.
I had ordered another one with the intent of running a Mythtv Backend and Frontend using a Realtek USB tuner.
I’ve installed Mythbuntu and got everything working, however I really like using Debian itself, and will look at doing a more custom install with Debian. So the plan is work on a Debian 7.7.0 x64 install.
I’ve configured this new Intel NUC with the usual 8GB ram (max it can take) and Dual Band 802.11ac wireless (as it’s only a $24 upgrade to buy the card), and I had a spare 500GB laptop drive, which I installed too.
Will be sure to post more about my progress regarding the Debian installation and tweaking it all.
The talk of the past year in hardware has been the Intel NUC, and I’ve been wanting to get my hand on one for the last few months, since the Third Generation module was released.
In the end I decided to purchase an Intel Celeron based one (Model: DN2820FYKH) and to load it up to run Windows 8.1 Pro.
For more detailed information about the specification, hint up the link here.
The Celeron model has some notiable differences (lacking features) between the i3 and i5 based models.
Only one memory socket (max 8GB ram) (vs i3/5 16GB max in 2 sockets).
Ships with wireless (vs i3/5 not shipping with it).
No MSATA support, as the socket for it don’t exist.
Despite this lack of feature between it’s more powerful siblings, I figured that Windows 8.1 Pro on a machine where you can install 8GB ram and a 2.5″ Laptop SSD drive would be adequate for the footprint.
Sure enough, it runs very well. Reasonable and capable little computer. I paired mine with a powered USB hub and a 19″ monitor I had spare.
I’ve been thinking of purchasing another monitor for probably several months now. I already have dual screens that I use with my Intel NUC 5th Gen i3. But I have got sick of switching inputs to use one of them with another computer. So thought why not, just buy another monitor after all.
I wasn’t after anything flash, just needed something that did 1920 x 1080 resolution and had D-Sub, DVI and HDMI ports. In the end I decided to purchase the Asus VP228H 21.5″ LED 1ms Full HD HDMI Gaming Monitor with Speaker.
Hopefully this will be an alright monitor, as I must admit I purchased my Dual LG 24″ displays and haven’t really been very impressed with them.
I have to admit I really dislike it when anyone advertises something and things don’t appear as they seem.
Got an email just now from Harris Technology about some specials, and saw the NUC advertised. Price looks awesome for the model mentioned. But of course when you click it the webpage clearly shows this is for a different model.
Shame on you Harris Technology. I hate when I come across this false advertising. Yes the model numbers are significant, so perhaps you should be changing any graphics you use from Intel to reflect the true model being sold on special.
Below is the screen grabs that will show my complaint.