This is a high end “barebones” machine and needs ram and storage added at minimum (see below). You will also need a keyboard and mouse as well as a display if you do not already have these peripherals. Other useful add-ons are listed below too. With highly efficient processors, the fans on these machines can run very slowly and the machines are silent except when under extreme load.
These machines are tiny: only about 4.25 inches square!
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The main CPU, graphics processor and other items are once again impressively improved from the previous generation.
Now the NUCs include the 6xx level of Intel’s IRIS Graphics processing engine. This is enough horsepower to play all but the most demanding contemporary games, to say nothing of video playback and even editing.
Finally, the 7th generation NUCs were physically redesigned:
We are very impressed with the consistent improvements and Intel’s continuing commitment to the platform.
For the first time we are recommending an i7 version of the NUC for our power users. This is available in the “tall” version only
The version above is the "tall," high power (i7) version which also allows you to add a 2.5 inch drive in addition to the M.2 solid state drive. It includes the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 and is awesome as a very small high power workstation or tiny server!
The version above is the "tall," regular power (i5) version which also allows you to add a 2.5 inch drive in addition to the M.2 solid state drive. It includes the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 and is awesome as a very small desktop computer or tiny low power server!
The version above is the “short” version which only allows you to add a single M.2 solid state drive. It is fabulous as an ultra-tiny, silent desktop! Please note: to store terabytes worth of files, you will need an external drive or a networked file-server. ALSO, this “short” version is often a little more expensive than the “tall” version due to high demand for tiny computers.
We recommend at least 16GB ram for "future-proofing" your system. It is also more in keeping with this high-end device. RAM for the NUC should be bought two modules at a time so as to take advantage of the memory controller's dual channel feature (each of the RAM links above contain the two modules as recommended).
Transcend M.2 card (80mm)
This above links to a 128 gigabyte model which should probably be your minimum size if:
Other capacities are also available:
This above links to a 250GB which is the only affordable size in this line. One of the very real benefits of the 960 EVO is that it is approximately 6 times faster on both reads and writes. “Cold” boot times with the NUC might regularly approach 2.5 seconds. We’ll update this page as we test these newer devices.
Be sure that you do not buy a capacity more than 2GB in the BarraCuda 2.5 inch product line. The higher-capacity models are also thicker and will not fit into the NUC.
This is necessary if running NUC as a server and you want to connect via graphical remote desktop.
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