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Intel NUC BOXD54250WYKH1 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics 5000 Mini / Booksize Barebone System

  • Intel Core i5-4250U
  • Intel HD 5000 Series Graphics
  • support 2.5-inch drives
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Learn more about the Intel BOXD54250WYKH1

General

Brand
Intel
Series
NUC
Model
BOXD54250WYKH1

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core i5-4250U

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3L 1600/1333, 1.35V
Max Memory Supported
16GB
Dual Channel Memory Supported
Yes

Expansion Slots

Other
1 x PCIe Mini Card Slot (Half Length)
1 x PCIe Mini Card Slot (Full Length)

Storage

Serial ATA
1 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
1 x eSATA

Graphics

Onboard Video
Intel HD Graphics 5000

Communications

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2 x USB 3.0
Front Audio Ports
headphone/microphone jack

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1 x Mini HDMI
VGA
1 x mini DP
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0

Features

Features
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • David M.
  • 11/7/2014 8:12:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: I love these things. Super easy to put together, rock solid stable, low power consumption, yet still powerful

Cons: Wish it came in a 24VDC power supply option so I can tie it directly to my DC battery system

Other Thoughts: I've deployed about 5 of these in various control rooms in industrial applications. They work great, very stable, and don't take up much space, which is nice for offshore platforms.

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  • Nathan T.
  • 11/3/2014 9:28:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect HTPC

Pros: *Easy setup for Windows 7 64Bit
*Built in IR reader (compatible with Media Center Remotes)
*Room for 2.5" HDD for Media Storage
*Fast Boot (5-7 seconds to desktop)
*Easy Hackintosh Mini Setup with Clover UEFI

Cons: BIOS update with flash drive took me a bit to figure out when doing flash update but that's me not Intel.

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  • Robert D.
  • 10/12/2014 7:30:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Solution, But Some Gripes

Pros: - Decent performance
- Low price
- Can use standard 2.5" HDs (!!)
- Can drive 4k monitor
- Upgradeable (to some extent)
- Lots of features too numerous to list here (such as built-in IR sensor, Wifi Antenna, Headphone & MICROPHONE jack, gigabit ethernet, two internal USB, dual channel RAM)
- Low power - Anandtech says it's < 28 watts under load!
- 4 USB ports
-Robust design, keeps cool, sturdy
-Includes a power cord (Not sure what that other user was talking about)

Cons: - Driver issues

1. Default bios settings wont boot - this is takes 2 seconds to fix but another user mentioned it so I thought I'd verify it. BIOS is intuitive and easy to work

2. Windows 7 didn't have LAN drivers or drivers for my Intel WiFi card (not included). This wasn't a huge deal but just remember that having a Win7 install on a USB stick will not get you up and running. Reminds me of the days of XP where I'd lose my LAN driver and didn't have access to a 2nd rig to get one (tears ensued). This was made an even greater bugaboo because of #3:

3. No drivers included - Come on intel, even a $0.25 USB stick with SOME drivers would've been nice

- 1.35volt RAM - less ubiquitous, I'm told, than 1.5 volt - REMEMBER TO GET THE RIGHT RAM. Another user here on newegg took a star or two off because they apparently broke the thing by using the wrong RAM (my sympathy meter is reading at 0% for this person). See my setup below

- No Built-in WiFi - would've been nice to free up one of the two PCIe slots and not have to pay $25 for 802.11ac card

- No eSATA - Newegg specs says there is... I don't have any eSATA devices but I'm sad I don't have it.

- Mini HDMI - required $10 adapter ... sadface

- The gimicky Intel jingle circuit in the packaging didn't work when I got it (Considering RMA; this is an outrage)

Other Thoughts: My Setup:

8GB RAM in two 4gb Crucial sticks DDR3-1600 #N82E16820191523
120GB 2.5" SATAIII Mushkin SSD #N82E16820226424
Intel 802.11AC/BlueTooth adapter (7260HMW) #9SIA24G2179255
StarTech MiniHDMI - > regular HDMI adapter #N82E16882158100
Phillips 42" TV
Windows 7

My long PCIe slot is unused.


Couple of random thoughts:

- Since this thing DOES include Intel SRT, what might be a cool thing to do would be to throw in a 64GB mSATA drive AND a high capacity 2.5" platter drive for a great media-center type deal.

- I'm using this with a wireless keyboard and mouse for something like a media center PC. With its IR sensor this makes a great solution.

- Make sure to install ALL the latest drivers. Intel has a bundle on their website for D54250WYK (no H) which is the mobo this uses

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  • Christopher S.
  • 9/11/2014 6:55:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Small, fast.

Cons: After a few days, 1 of the 4 purchased had a hiccup and did not boot, Error message explained failed post etc. Booted fine after.

Hope is just a fluke and not a problem in the future.

Other Thoughts: Updated the firmware on 4 of these before installing windows.

2 of the 4 had failed firmware upgrades in the bios log from factory but nothing seems the matter.

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  • Jordan D.
  • 9/1/2014 7:01:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA neat little device.

Pros: - Very small form factor
- Low power consumption
- Space for a 2.5" drive
- Practically silent
- Relatively powerful

This NUC has been perfect for the usage I wanted it for. It's not meant for gaming, though you can certainly do so to an extent, but for more casual activities like streaming, and video watching.

Cons: - Only USB 3 ports
- No included mini-HDMI cable
- Moderately difficult OS setup process (Windows)

The first and last points are related to each other. Installing Windows from a USB device can be somewhat tricky, and there is little help to be found online. This is because all the ports are USB 3 and there is a high chance for driver incompatibility.

While it's not really the fault of the device for not coming with any cables for video output, I think at this price point that it should have had something.

Other Thoughts: I enjoyed the little sound effect the box makes when you open it, but at the same time I think that the money used on that could have been invested elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/26/2014 12:17:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Unit

Pros: Had it for a couple months now and really like it. It was just the right amount of "build your own pc" for me. For normal use (no gaming or video editing) it works great.

Great looking machine, could easily hang it on the back of my desk but looks too cool sitting on it. Perfectly silent, I mean I sit 2 feet from it and I hear nothing.

Cons: Drivers - You have to download a variety of drivers from Intel, and the bluetooth ones were sketchy. Had real issues the first few days with bluetooth just disappearing all the time. Re-installed 8.1 and the drivers again and it seems mostly solid now.

Minor annoyance, but you cant wake it up via bluetooth, so you actually have to press the power button to wake up.

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  • Marc S.
  • 8/22/2014 7:09:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood hardware, bad software/drivers

Pros: Small footprint, quality hardware.

Cons: Where to begin...

First, I will say that Intel has created something with good hardware that seems robust. This is where the compliments end. The get an idea about how substandard Intel's driver/software support is, just head over to the NUC forums. you'll see a large collection of problems that are either unsolved, or have workarounds involving spending more money.

I'll go over the cons in no particular order (on Win 7x64):

-Default BIOS settings don't work for most common configurations. Searching online for NUC installation will yield more results than it should.

-Mini HDMI and DisplayPort. Really? Why? The vast majority of purchasers end up having to purchase an adapter.

-Multi-monitor configuration: I use dual monitors, when I press their power buttons to leave my workstation for a bit, then power them on, ALL programs move to the primary and resize to a small box (probably 800x600). Intel's brilliant suggestion is to buy different mini-DP/HDMI adapters, I did, no fix, and now no reply on forums. Basically, they refuse to fix the behavior. First time I encountered this with ANY multi-monitor setup. A workaround I discovered on my own involves: Lock the workstation > Hit the Switch users button (not intending to switch users) > Power off monitors. When you return, power up monitors, log in, and windows appear in their original position. It's less of a workaround, and more of a daily reminder to spend even more money on a non-NUC solution.

-Gigabit ethernet port: When hibernating, then powering back up, the port won't work until you disable it, then re-enable it. Tried many settings, including disabling power savings.

-Mystery freezes: Power is still on, but nothing on monitor. When doing a hard reset, nothing in the Windows event log. I don't know if this is hardware or software, it doesn't happen often.

-DP/HDMI audio sometimes stops working. I can always get it working again by disabling/re-enabling the hardware.

-Can't use headless without spending more money. See Intel NUC forums. An issue was opened in Nov-2013 using it headless and with TeamViewer, with no resolution! 11 pages of comments and almost a year later, with no real solution. The tagline on their forums is: "An ideal engine for digital signage, kiosks, home theater systems, and intelligent devices for small spaces, or anywhere else you can imagine.". The truth is the exact opposite. If you ever think you need to remotely manage it, look somewhere else.

-Did I mention horrible drivers/software? Intel's common suggestion for users is to try the latest version (understandable), then beta software, then try older versions. It's shocking to see how often they ask people to revert to old versions.

Other Thoughts: Intel almost struck gold with this product, until they started writing software and "supporting" the software. It's a big shame. I think Intel is a phenomenal company, but this product is anything but.

Like many others on Intel's forums, I originally intended to purchase multiple units, but not anymore. I've built more than 30 systems in my life, never have I encountered as many frustrating drawbacks to a product.

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  • James B.
  • 8/20/2014 12:37:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost a full product

Pros: Small form-factor. Good power to price ratio. Has SATA for HDD. 2x Mini-PCI sockets to add WiFi or Bluetooth Antennae connections for WiFi already in case.

Cons: My kits did not include the power cable that connects to the wall wart. ...Really Intel?

Other Thoughts: As expected it had a micro HDMI port for the display and since this not not really a standard adapter one might have laying around, we had to order adapters accordingly. It would have been nice to have a C to A adapter included per kit, but whatever. At least I knew it going in by reading the specs. What really burns me is that I did not expect to have to order a power cord. This was a pretty big set back since there is no place locally to order this type of cord. When someone orders a $380 piece of electronics they kind of expect a power cord.

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  • Ken D.
  • 7/21/2014 12:05:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat system... maybe?

Pros: Looks nice. Converts A/C to heat.

Cons: I was not looking forward to the digging-in-and-finding-the-right-memory game, and noticed the "May we recommend" on the bottom of the page. "Oh," I said to myself, "How nice of NewEgg! They're showing me the compatible RAM!" So I bought it. And, well, it's my fault -- I shouldn't have trusted something that convenient. But you guessed it: wrong voltage. Now I gotta RMA it, and pay restocking fee, blah, blah, blah. Bottom line: no, you may *NOT* recommend it. If you wanna recommend a USB keyboard or a mouse or a 2.5" SATA SSD, please go for it -- that stuff is usually pretty obvious. But please do *NOT* recommend memory unless you're certain it's the *RIGHT* memory.

Other Thoughts: 'Nuff said.

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  • Craig N.
  • 7/13/2014 8:52:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall but Mighty

Pros: Excellent form factor, low power consumption, easy to set up. The BIOS is very easy to use.

Cons: A small criticism of the platform is that I wish it had a second Ethernet port for my use case (Vmware ESXi 5.5).

Other Thoughts: I purchased the NUC, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB drive to replace an old HP DL360G5 server running Vmware ESXi. The server was loud and drew over 200 watts.

Other than one small issue with getting VMWARE ESXi 5.5 to consistently boot from a USB flash drive (related to vmware's boot installer) the NUC was flawless.

The NUC now sits on top of my Synology DS411+II and runs my whole home network and lab drawing about 20% of the power the DL360 with no noticeable fan noise. The DL360 sounded like a jet engine.

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