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Adam M.

Adam M.

Joined on 08/20/04

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Very impressed

Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC8i5BEK1 Intel Quad Core i5 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC8i5BEK1 Intel Quad Core i5 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: I'm the type of user who prefers to keep his environment mostly Linux based, however it's a necessity that I have a fairly beast gaming rig running Windows to meet my flight sim needs. Long story short, after getting tired of switching between Ubuntu and Windows on my dual booted machine, I decided to pick one of these up to take care of my non-gaming desktop needs. So far I'm super impressed. Some of the pros: - Very small form factor (almost fits in the palm of my hand) - Nice looking design and good build quality (feels solid) - Runs Lubuntu (LXQt) out of the box, no struggling with drivers - Quad i5-8259U CPU @ 2.30GHz gives me more than enough performance for a standard desktop Other thoughts: I was debating between this and the i3 version, and to be fair the i3 could have probably handled my browsing/music/video needs just fine, but the multi-core perf is just so much better with this CPU. Additionally, this version has the Iris Plus GPU, which is way better than the UHD 620 in the newer NUC 10 (double the number of pipelines and texture fill rate). I was able to play 2K HD videos on youtube at 60 FPS with no hiccups (unfortunately I don't have a 4K monitor to actually bench this) with CPU usage hovering around the 35% mark using glamor X + mesa drivers. Regarding fan noise... honestly considering I'm using this as a desktop replacement, it doesn't bother me one bit and still ends up being much quieter than my gaming rig. I'd put the noise level around the same as any standard laptop fan; not a big deal for me.

Cons: No cons that I've encountered yet.

Overall Review: While you could probably build a rig with much more power at this $ range, if you're looking for small form factor, you can't really go wrong here.