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Pros: Conceptually, this is a fully-featured PC, sold less RAM (1 GB to 8 GB, in one SO-DIMM stick) and less drive (2.5" HD or SSD, your choice).
Cons: Build quality is poor.
Item is shipped with a BIOS which is level 13, but the most current is level 34.
Level 13 will not recognize most SO-DIMM sticks (these are seen as having zero GB capacity). Level 13 also does not support legacy booting, only UEFI booting, and even that can be problematic. Level 13 also fails to recognize some keyboard escapes to get into the BIOS.
However, these significant defects are fixed by level 34, provided you can figure out how to get to level 35 without the keyboard working as expected and required. Hint: start with FY0034.BIO in the root of a FAT-32 USB stick and TRY to get the F7 keyboard escape to work.
My unit ran Ubuntu flawlessly for about 20 hours and then died. The Ubuntu screen went black and the unit was completely dead.
I transferred the SO-DIMM and HD to another NUC and those components ran flawlessly, so my conclusion is the basic box died. Infant mortality, I would say.
Finally, this model NUC uses the same dc power connector as other NUCs: 5.5x2.5mm. But, this NUC is 12 volts and the other NUCs are 19 volts. It is therefore possible to accidentally apply 19 volts to this 12 volt unit.
Other Thoughts: The NUC concept is great, and I have several of these, some in mission critical applications. Some running MacOS X Mavericks, some running various flavors of Linux.
Intel really should have spent a few extra pennies and included provisions for a second SO-DIMM stick and an mSATA stick.
Intel should not have used the same 5.5x2.5mm dc power connector, but should have used a 5.5mm variation which cannot accept a 2.5mm pin, to prevent applying 19 volts to this 12 volt model.
This review is from: ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Works flawlessly with OS X Mountain Lion, but a "distro" is your best path as a roll-your-own installer, such as tonymacx86's, may not make the optimum choices, and, in fact, it (tonymacx86's installer) may make an unusable installation.
With a "distro", and I used iATKOS ML2, the installer will select a compatible CPU Power Manager Disabler * , and a compatible audio kext, for a "right the first time" installation.
My incarnation of Mieze's USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 Compatibility DSDT mods works well on this mobo.
The "distro" will make a DSDT-less installation, so the custom DSDT will be added after the first boot of OS X.
DO select USB 3.0 compatibility in the BIOS, and DO use a USB 3.0 flash drive for your installer ... it will go at close to light-speed, compared to a slow-as-a-turtle USB 2.0 flash drive or a slow-as-a-sloth DVD.
Updated to 10.8.3 flawlessly.
Installed and ran all utilities and applications flawlessly.
[ * ] The ASUS mobos are totally immune to modified BIOSes and will reject such images. As a PMPatched BIOS is usually needed to get OS X to run on generic hardware, and as the CPU Power Manager Disabler is a second-best solution, I was forced to second-best, but it worked after MANY false starts with non-"distro" installers. Forewarned is forearmed.
Cons: Not enough case fan power plugs, so you will have to buy a "Y" splitter, if your case has more than one fan.
Oh, the iATKOS "distro" DVD kernel paniced shortly after specifying the language, which is why I tried a USB installer in the first place, and I was rewarded by a light-speed installation.
The BIOS incorrectly flags Corsair XMS3 1333 RAM as being "bad", and ASUS' proprietary "Mem OK" push-button does not correct this error, although it should have done so.
OS X also sees what it thinks is bad RAM, but OS X eventually figures out that the RAM was really OK after all.
Other Thoughts: I installed this mobo in a Corsair Carbide 200R fan (currently out-of-stock), but this is a great case.
I also installed a Corsair 500W PSU, alas, not a "modular" one. A "modular" PSU is a good choice as it eliminates a lot of cabling nonsense within the case.
The Corsair Carbide case is a "double wall" design, so any unneeded cables can be stowed underneath the mobo for a "clean" look inside the case.
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: Fixed pin (which seems to fit ANY mobo) allows precise location of mobo before it is tigntened down.
Flexible design: only a few stand-offs are required to be removed in order to support (literally) ANY mobo configuration, including some real odd-balls.
Implements the preferred (at least by me) PSU in the bottom of the case.
Two USB 3.0 connections on the front.
LOTS of spare screws are provided.
Cons: May require and extender for the proc power connector, depending upon the PSU you select.
No USB 2.0/1.1 on front, so this case is mainly useful on 7-series mobos which provide an on-mobo header for front USB 3.0 (B75, H77, Z77, etcetera).
Other Thoughts: I wanted a very sturdy case, and one which accommodated the PSU in the bottom, for a much lower center of gravity, as I tend to stack my Hacks.
I bought two of these cases, with a rebate which was applicable on one.
Provision for MANY additional cooling fans.
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