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.