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Intel NUC NUC5PPYH, HDMI, VGA, Intel HD Graphics, USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Small, fast, and quiet 11/04/2015

This review is from: Intel NUC NUC5PPYH, HDMI, VGA, Intel HD Graphics, USB 3.0

Pros: It's impossibly small!! The processor has large cache and is far better than the Atom and more like a non-HyperThreading Core i3.
HDMI and a real Ethernet port are a big plus.
A total of 4 USB 3.0 ports (see Cons).
Build-in wireless networking.
VESA adapter plate is required to mount to the rear of a VESA-compliant display (see Cons).

Cons: The glossy plastic top panel scratches instantly and for no reason. Please, people, stop making computers with this stupid scratchy, glossy plastic. Protip: If it requires a plastic film to protect the surface during shipping, it should not be part of your product!! This a ponderous cosmetic problem with this computer.
This tiny computer has 4 USB 3.0 ports, but no USB 2.x ports. If you want to install Windows 7, you are out of luck unless you know how to slipstream drivers into Windows 7 installation disks.
Linux is touch-and-go, but if it's fairly recent, it will work.
It seems to take a long time for the power light to turn blue. I've held down the power button for up to 10 seconds before it actually lights up and the computer starts.
The VESA adapter plate is rather clumsy.
Taking the unit apart to install drives and memory is somewhat risky because a cable remains attached from the motherboard to the removed panel. This risks damage to the cable and/or its socket.

Other Thoughts: Best experienced with Windows 10 so you'll need to buy a license.
Be sure to update the BIOS. Even though the BIOS claims it can update via the internet, it never recognized any internet connection from the hardware ethernet port.

Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Insanely fast.
Big caches mean big performance. For multiprocessing tasks the big, dedicated cache really helps.
Dual-core (see Cons).

Cons: Dual-core but no hyperthreading, but this isn't such a bad thing since it means each CPU core will be using its full fair share of the cache memory. Even though the pipeline won't be kept as full as possible (which is why Intel uses hyperthreading), you won't notice. For multiprocessing tasks the big, dedicated cache really helps.
You won't like the heatsink/fan bundled with it. It's a little too small and the smaller fan spins faster and more loudly to compensate.

Other Thoughts: I just bought another one of these gems on sale. If you're looking for the cheapest bang for the buck possible, this is it.

SEDNA PCIE 10/100/1G LAN Card for Server ( Broadcom BCM5721 ) - Supported by VMware ESXi 5.5 with Low Profile bracket
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card has a Broadcom BCM5721 chipset.
This card works with VMware ESXi 5.5 U2.

Cons: The RJ-45 socket on the card I received is very, very tight. I'm not sure why, but I have the similar "low-cost" Newegg item #9SIA1JM1ZD6387 which is not tight.
Just like the other card, the chip gets very hot and you'll burn your finger on it. You might want to consider sticking a VGA heatsink kit to the chip cool it down.

Other Thoughts: There are three versions of the Broadcom BCM5721 chipset, but they do not vary in performance, just power consumption and thermal requirements. This is a good card for a VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 server with reasonably good airflow.


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Display Name: KRISTON R.

Date Joined: 10/05/03


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