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This review is from: Intel NUC NUC5PPYH, HDMI, VGA, Intel HD Graphics, USB 3.0
Pros: This has all the connections your typical home user or office worker needs with "good enough" processing power and memory capacity. Feels significantly more snappy with an SSD than it should for this price. I've set up one so far at work and one at home to test them out before buying larger quantities.
3 year warranty! I've had to use it once on an Intel Celeron 847 NUC that didn't survive a power surge; replacement was here in a week. The other 8 NUCs of that type are still going strong after over a year.
Cons: I had the "powered on and POSTed once then never came back" problem some people have reported. I also had a problem with BSOD'ing loading Windows 7 on the same system.
The problem was bad RAM in both cases. The 2GB stick I was using must have been in my spare parts pile for a reason; now it's in the trash. Swapped it out and it has been running for weeks now without issue.
Other Thoughts: Super quiet even in a silent room, great visual BIOS with fan control and temperature monitoring, this thing does everything I'll ever need or want it to.
Attention Windows 7 Users:
Will not work with a vanilla Windows 7 CD due to the lack of USB 2.0 ports. Keyboard/Mouse will not be detected by setup. I had to follow a guide to create a Win7 USB installation flash drive that loaded the USB 3.0 drivers before Windows setup and during installation.
Search for "nuc5ppyh windows 7 installation" and click the first result for instructions on how to do this.
Pros: These work great. Don't worry about the brand name; it's more of a marketing thing. Team Group is much more popular overseas and focuses more of its energy in the China/Taiwan/Japan/etc. area.
You know RAM is doing its job well when you forget what kind you installed nearly a year later.
Cons: The heatsinks are thin metal, held on only by one strip of tape on each side. I bought these November 2014 and since then one of the heatsinks was literally falling off.
I had to attach a binder clip to both sticks (you know, those small black metal clips you use to hold stacks of paper together) to keep them on there for good.
Other Thoughts: They work great, but it sure wouldn't hurt to give the heatsinks a good firm squeeze to make sure they're stuck to the memory chips beneath them.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The card offers respectable gaming performance for the price. It worked when I received it.
Cons: The card IDLES at a whopping 2600 RPM! The 87mm fan idling at 2600 RPM makes a loud noise like a low powered hair dryer all the time and there is nothing that can be done to lower it further.
For comparison, a new single-fan EVGA GTX 960 -- which consumes more power than this -- idles at only 1200 RPM.
EVGA messed up. The fans they spec'd for these cards are way too powerful and spin at a ludicrous 6000 RPM at 100%. They lowered the fan down to the lowest possible voltage to try and tone down the ear-piercing noise it creates, but it was not nearly enough.
Even when the card is under max load the fan does not spin up past the idle speed of 40% where it reaches 60°C. In other words, 40% fan speed is more airflow than this card needs at MAX LOAD, let alone IDLE.
The first version of these cards did not use these fans. They used true low-noise PWM fans that were a perfect fit, but in subsequent "revisions" they clearly decided that a fan that was "good enough" was OK for them.
Not impressed, EVGA. I don't care how budget you think this card is, it's not a GT 730 or GT 740. It's a GTX and it needs a quieter PWM fan.
Other Thoughts: A resistor won't fix the problem because if the voltage drops any lower the fan will not spin up. Not even a 10 ohm resistor works. A BIOS update won't fix the problem for the same reason.
If you enjoy a quiet computer, STAY AWAY from this card!