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This review is from: Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE 2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Pros: -A very small footprint.
-Intel's 3rd Generation Core i5 processor 3427U and QS77 Express chipset.
-USB 3.0 x1
-USB 2.0 x2
-HDMI 1.4a x1
-Mini-Displayport 1.1a x2
-Supporting triple independent display capability.
Cons: None from what I've seen so far.
Other Thoughts: Wow! This thing is small. And the components that go in it are unbelievably small. Really, I've seen packs of gum that were larger than the mSATA SSD or the wireless card!
Just like the previous review, I'm writing to list the parts I used in this build since they all appear to be compatible. I thoroughly read Intel's component suggestions and only deviated a little. So far everything is up and running fine. I'm writing this review from the computer.
N82E16856102035 Intel BOXDC53427HYE Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
N82E16820104358 Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model KHX16LS9P1K2/16
N82E16820167146 Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC240B301 mSATA 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
N82E16833106190 Intel 7260HMW IEEE 802.11AC, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCI Express combo Adapter - 867 Mbps+300Mbps - Internal
N82E16812200113 StarTech Model PXT101NB3S 6 ft. 3-Slot Laptop Power Cable
N82E16832116986 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
N82E16823126097 Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop
Now as mentioned in the previous review and on Intel's website, make sure you purchase a power adapter to wall cord. Even if you don't purchase the StarTech model I got, check out the picture on Newegg and make sure the one you have or get, has the "cloverleaf" connector on the end. I looked around my house before buying and found 9 computer cords but NONE of them had that end.
I saw Intel had Kingston's KVR16S11/8 listed as compatible memory. But after looking through Newegg I found Kingston's KHX16LS9P1K2/16. A very nice "matched" pair of DDR3 1600 MHz modules running on the lower 1.35V and CL9, which Intel says the board will handle.
After I loaded Win 7 on the system I noticed it didn't recognize the LAN card or the wireless adapter. It said they were there, but listed them as "Generic". Now, I know that can be typical so I used my laptop and downloaded Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for Windows 7 from Intel's website. Put it on the USB drive and loaded it on the system. As soon as I rebooted, it recognized the card and as soon as I loaded my wireless password I was up and running.
I have been adding memory, changing out hard drives, and the occasional tired PS or CD burner on my computers over the years. But I have to admit I have never assembled anything with parts quite that small. I just went about it like any other and within 30 minutes I had it all assembled. It went together much easier than I initially thought it would.
I used Daemon Tools Pro to make an ISO file of the Win 7 that I purchased. Then I used Microsoft's program (Google "Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool") to put it on a USB drive so I could boot the new system. I know there's many, many ways out there to do it. I'm just mentioning what worked for me.