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MICHAEL T.

MICHAEL T.

Joined on 09/19/05

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Intel NUC Kit DCCP847DYE  Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin Celeron 847 1.1GHz
Intel NUC Kit DCCP847DYE Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin Celeron 847 1.1GHz

Pros: Great product, bought 6. Mounts off the back of monitor VESA mounts and runs great. Matched with a decent SSD you can get a nice desktop. I used these to replace a set of Asus EEE desktops and they are quicker than the Atom processors. These NUCs aren't going to have i3 performance but it can handle multitasking well.

Cons: Runs warm. Black aluminum trim gets warm but there are no stability issues. Maybe it is also heat-soaking from the LCD panels they are attached to. I don't own the other processor powered NUCs so I don't know if this unit runs hotter than others.

Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC030B301 mSATA 30GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC030B301 mSATA 30GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Great drive. Speeds are great, but not as fast as drives of larger capacity. There is enough drive capacity for a Windows 7 install plus a couple applications.

Cons: OEM kit. Drive only and no screws. Not much of a con, as the NUC comes with screws for mSATA.

Overall Review: This drive pairs great with a NUC with Celeron 847 for great "dumb" terminals. Low cost and easy build makes for machines that a perfect for simple multitasking. Boots fast and beats any Atom net-top.

Compact design, standard USB 3.0 connector

StarTech SAT2510BU3 Aluminum / Plastic 2.5" Black  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
StarTech SAT2510BU3 Aluminum / Plastic 2.5" Black SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

Pros: Compact design that keeps the overall package small. Other enclosures have extra pieces attached that just take up space. Standard USB 3.0 Micro-B connector. That means the cable is replaceable when lost or for different lengths.

Cons: The enclosure is powered by an ASMedia ASM1051 controller which is up to SATA 2G (3.0Gbps), not the SATA 3G (6.0Gbps) as in the specification. Not a huge con but may be misleading.

Overall Review: Pulled ~80MB/s transfers on a Corsair Force 3 60GB. CrystalDiskMark random writes at 62 MB/s and reads at 154 MB/s. Speeds will vary with the drive installed, but it seems like this is a pretty solid controller.

OCZ Synapse Cache 2.5" 128GB (64GB cache capacity) SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SYN-25SAT3-128G
OCZ Synapse Cache 2.5" 128GB (64GB cache capacity) SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SYN-25SAT3-128G

Pros: Works flawlessly with Intel Z68 Smart Response Technology. Cut boot and load times dramatically.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This is a SSD designed to be a cache drive. Shows up as 64GB to the OS, and also the maximum size supported by Intel SRT. Feels slightly slower than the Vertex 3 that I used before as a cache but still a great boost in speed.