|Processor||1.8 GHz Intel Core i3|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit with HDMI, Thunderbolt, Core i3-3217UDC3217BY
- Ultra Small Form Factor (USFF) Computing Platform at approximately 4" x 4"
- Smallest Thunderbolt Capable device ever!
- Supports Display Independent Display capability using HDMI 1.4a and Thunderbolt 1.1a
- Wifi/Bluetooth Antennae integrated into the chassis for ease of integration
- VESA mounting bracket included
- Intel WiDi Supported
- Intel Anti Theft Supported
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Bottom line - this is not the same as getting a box from dell. Be prepared to spend some time ironing kinks out. BUT if you are willing and able (including tolerance for the risk of not having a single vendor to go after if you have issues), this is the best small form factor system with i3 processor that you can build/find. My total cost was ~400 (NUC + SSD (60 GB) + Memory (4 gb) + thunderbolt ethernet adapter + Windows 7). You can get rid of windows 7 but note that there is a multitude of issues with cablecard/DRM that linux based solutions (Mythbuntu etc) will (probably) never support. Also you might find a Acer Revo i3 for the same price but with base windows 8 -- this requires you to spend additional $$ to upgrade to windows 8 pro + WMC if you want to use WMC with cablecard support.
As other posters have said - you need mSata (MydigitalSSD works fine), memory (kingston worked for me) to have a working system. Optional (well, not really): Wifi card or USB to ethernet (only upto 480 Mbps as this has only USB 2) or Apple thunderbolt to ethernet adapter (GigE). See links at end for exact SKUs and other helpful links. I am also assuming you have a monitor/TV, keyboard & mouse somewhere and you don't need to buy them.
Steps are as follows:
1) install memory, msata. Optional: install the wireless card. This goes below msata.
1.1) Go to intel site to request a thermal pad. This is a fix from Intel for heating issues that affect msata. I did not have any issues without the pad but ordered to be safe.Read more ›
$170..Intel NUC i3 with Intel flashlight/tool and $25 game coupon, Tiger D, the following here from Amazon.
$95....Crucial M500 120GB msata SSD Crucial M500 120GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive
$24....Intel 6235 wireless/Bluetooth card Intel Network 6235AN.HMWWB Centrino WiFi Card Advanced-N 6235 Dual Band Bluetooth
$55....Corsair 8GB 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24 memory kit purchased 1/13 and reused Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory
$28....Silicon Power 64 GB USB flash for mini D drive Silicon Power Ultima U05 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
$6......Belkin USB hub for 6 ports instead of 3 Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra-Mini Hub
$46....Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1 USB external sound card ...Read more ›
Note: The memory reference code in BIOS version 0046 was updated as a part of the changes made in the BIOS to meet Microsoft Windows 8.1 requirements. This new memory code no longer supports 1066 MHz memory modules. Please review the Release Notes for more information.
The bad? It is true it doesnt bring the power cable (the mickey mouse or cloverleaf power cable) and the MSata drives are still expensive. But this little machine rocks!
Using it as a plex media server works as well, it can transcode 1080p videos handily but I haven't tried more than a couple streams at the same time.
Like many other people have noted you'll need to buy a couple other components to be able to use the nuc on the first day:
1. Power cord
2. Ram (at least 2gb I would recommend)
3. Storage device (mSata drive or usb stick of at least 8gb)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pro: Small, Quiet, Power Saving, Fast
Con: Update the cooling settings. The stock settings make it run too hot. Fried a SSD with this less than a year.
The mSATA SSD slot sits right above the WiFi card. Heat from the Intel 802.11AC WiFi card caused the myDigitalSSD drive to overheat crashing the system. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JGLLO
Great innovation !! Intel is the best !!!!! NUC comes in several flavors. I am sad about only 1 thing and that's why 1 star is missing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anindya Musib
Bought this along with the dual-band Intel 7260 Wifi Half Mini card to run XBMC. It works great, but only EVERY OTHER REBOOT. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Addison Yeamann
There is NO RJ45 LAN connector on it which is stupid. It is not high lighted on ANY of the product spec either.Published 17 months ago by Peter Chen
Good : looks good. fast i3 cpu.
Bad : thermal controll have problem. Every time i touch this guy, the part of top cover and rear air duct is hot
This little thing is the coolest thing since sliced bread. I have built and rebuilt this thing using different Operating Systems and it has been flawless. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sacramento Customer