Joined on 05/25/10
Does what it says. Be Quiet!
Pros: - Good sound proofing - Case Fan control - Good case fans. - Solid construction - Well engineered.
Cons: Some of the screws are temperamental. Some of the wiring routes are tight.
Overall Review: Do your homework, watch the YouTube reviews. I was building a near silent PC. Works like a charm. Can barely hear it from 1/2 meter unless I have the fans turned all the way up.
Great option for 24 core AMD ThreadRipper
Pros: "Cost effective" Works Easy to install.
Cons: TDP works well for 24 core. Not recommended for 32 or 64 core CPUs
Overall Review: They ship w two sets of clips for the internal fan. Make sure you use the right ones. Cheap as in cheaper than an AIO and does a pretty good job. Better option would be to go custom liquid cooling, but that's going to be more expensive and harder to install. So unless you go that route. This is great option. Maybe they'll get a better cooling plate for AIOs but until then... got to love it.
Pros: 3 NVMe slots on the motherboard. (2 are on a daughter card) 512GB memory PCIe 4.0 10GbE on the motherboard
Cons: 2 NVMe on daughter card. EATX No on board graphics.
Overall Review: Yes, I would recommend this Motherboard. But you need to understand some drawbacks. Was building a small cluster for DS ML/AI work. EATX limits case options because needed to make sure that there was plenty of room. Wanted the option for multiple NVMe drives for speed and no spinning disks. Wanted 10GBe minimum. PCIe slots for RTX3090 and DPU card when it becomes available.
Good Little Box
Pros: Small form factor. Barebones base system that you *must* customize. Quiet. I mean really quiet. My main SOHO Linux server had a massive crash. ( Aging Hardware, bad line filter, both raided drives failed at the same time when we lost power.) I was going to build a small silent PC to run CentOS so my larger box could be used 100% for R&D work. So I had to run out and build a box ASAP. This fit the bill. I opted for a 256 GB mSata drive, and only 8GB of memory. (Since this was a stop gap measure, I wanted to keep the price down a bit.) Took it home. Laughed at the box when you opened it. (I'm saving it ;-) And built the system quickly. I had an ISO Centos on a thumb drive, everything came up without a hitch. Used Webmin to build out the rest. When you need something fast and with less headaches in an emergency build, this worked out well. Its been sitting on my bookshelf for 120+ days and no hiccups.
Cons: No power code. No i7 option. Limited expandability.
Overall Review: Again this was an emergency build, needed my DNS and mail server up and running ASAP. While Intel does sell the board and full kit as two separate options, it would be nice if there were some more options like 2 SATA III ports and an i7. While the NUC isn't totally passive, its really, really quiet. There are case manufacturers like Streacom who are introducing 100% Aluminum passive cases. (The NUC model has an acrylic side so that you can use the embedded wi-fi option. ) With a slightly larger case, and the option for 2 SATA drives, you could allow for RAID 0,1 and still keep a small form factor for a quiet box. (Even use it in a NAS box.) The reason I gave this 4 stars is for the lack of a power cord and the lack of some upper expandability.