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Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK1, Mini HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, 4th Gen Intel Core i3-4010U, Consumer Infrared sensor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small and powerful.

Cons: Fan may be noisy or failure-prone.

Other Thoughts: Along with my new i5-4670K gaming build, I bought the NUC D34010WYK just because I had to have one. I also bought an Akasa Newton H anodized aluminum fanless case (not available on Newegg), 2x4GB Crucial SODIMMs, a Crucial 120GB mSATA drive and the Intel 802.11ac+Bluetooth wifi card. The result is a screaming fast, completely silent system with no moving parts. Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64 installed in about 5 minutes from a live USB flash drive. I ran OCCT Linpack on it for 2 hours, 100% CPU usage and 90% RAM usage, and the CPU temperature topped out at 54C, no errors (I used Tuniq TX-2 thermal compound when I installed it in the Akasa case.) This system will handle just about anything you can throw at it, except for the newest, most bloated video games.

The most common complaint about these NUC systems seems to be that the fan is sometimes noisy and prone to failure, so I strongly suggest getting a fanless case from one of the manufacturers currently producing them. The Akasa case has holes for installing two external antenna mounts. You'll need two U.FL Mini PCI to RP-SMA cables and two external antennas to complete a proper installation. Otherwise, you'll have to peel the small copper antennas off the inside of the factory NUC case and install them in the fanless case, a sloppy solution which will result in poorer wifi reception.

D-Link EBR-2310 Ethernet Broadband Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It's made of molecules.

Cons: Web is completely unusable while running torrents. Anything more than two computers on it and normal websurfing becomes improbable.

Other Thoughts: We used this router for over a year, and couldn't be happier about getting rid of it. It is entirely impossible to browse the web while running torrents, and computers are constantly battling for open ports. Services like internet radio, VPN, etc, are constantly dropping out, and anything that swarms will bring it to its knees. It's just a slow, inferior piece of junk. This router might be fine for granny to check her email, but power users should definitely avoid it like the plague.


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Display Name: Paula M.

Date Joined: 11/26/08

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 03/22/12
  • Last Review: 02/26/14
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