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Lots of issues with Windows 10
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2018
I needed to replace a tiny little Intel NUC when that 7th gen i5 system proved to be insufficient to handle 4k video.
I needed something in a larger case as well since I also had the chance to try out a new CPU water cooling system.
I didn't know if the graphics on this would be sufficient in and of itself for 4k, so I built a system that I could add a video card to if needed.
Fortunately, this seems to have done the trick and video playback is smooth. Unfortunately, the first one I had was problematic, nonstop freezing and locking up. Amazon replaced it without issue, but the problem persisted with the new CPU. I even swapped out the RAM and the system board, but the problem persists.
All I use this for is a media center, running Windows 10. I don't do gaming on this, I have a dedicated high end system for my Oculus Rift that i use for gaming.
And after all the issues, I finally found that there are some issues with AMD and Windows 10, and a list of things to try to resolve the problem. So far I haven't resolved it completely, but at least I was able to get things to run more than 20 or 30 minutes without crashing. Apparently tuning down the 2400 RAM I had to 2133 helped a great deal. I'll have to go through the other potential fixes as well to see if I can resolve it completely, but while this does a great job playing 1080 and 4K video, the reliability of just running Windows 10 without issues is sadly lacking. So if you start getting Video_TDR_Failure messages, start looking into the fixes, there are plenty of people out there with similar problems who have some potential resolutions.