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

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  • Intel Core i5-8259U processor (2.3 GHz - 3.8 GHz, Quad Core, 6MB Cache, 28W TDP)
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  • 2 x 260Pin SO-DIMM DDR4 2400

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Intel NUC BOXNUC8i5BEK1

The Intel NUC is a powerful 4x4-inch mini PC with features to upgrade entertainment, gaming, and productivity, including a customizable board that is ready to accept the memory, storage, and operating systems that you want. Whether saving space on your office desk, powering digital signs, or using in the conference room to streamline meetings, the Intel NUC has the performance and versatility to get the job done. With the innovative Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) technology, you can make your NUC a truly powerful hub by connecting it with a wide range of devices and peripherals.

* This unit doesn't include RAM and hard drive.

Tailored to Your Needs

Get spectacular responsiveness that goes virtually anywhere with an Intel NUC Mini PC. Build the exact system you want by selecting different chassis sizes, memory options and storage configurations. BOXNUC8i5BEK1 has a 2.5" drive bay for an SSD or HDD. Also features room for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM so you can increase its performance easily.

A Visual Powerhouse

With a quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor inside, the Intel NUC8i5BEK1 mini PC delivers outstanding features—in sizes that fit any lifestyle. Enjoy great visual immersion with Intel Iris Plus graphics 655 and support for triple displays all in 4K Ultra HD. Other connectivity options include Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.2 via USB-C.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5/ 5
Very impressed 4/25/2020 8:25:30 PM

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.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
NUCs are great 4/8/2020 10:33:05 AM

Pros: Love how they are so small, quiet and reliable.

Cons: Would like a 2nd HDMI port.

Overall Review: For anybody who is not a gamer that needs a high end video card or someone who likes to upgrade components all of the time I think NUCs are ideal. They are a great "PC for your mom" solution. Highly recommended.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Don't do the bios update from 073 to 077 2/22/2020 6:46:47 AM

Pros: Small, fast and low power usage
Intel support is great

Cons: Skip the BIOS update from 073 to 077

Overall Review: I have built about 12 of these of different generations and I always do bios updates. This time, after the update the NUC would not boot. I tried all the troubleshooting steps, recovery methods, etc. I had to put an rma call into Intel. I choose the Cross Ship Option where they charge your card for another NUC but ship the replacement same day. When you return the defective NUC they refund the charge. The replacement arrived the next day with the version 073 bios. I have not updated it. Other then that, the NUC performs very well and Intel was easy to deal with.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Does what I needed (Roon ROCK Core) and FAST shipping 2/18/2020 11:02:31 AM

Pros: Easy setup for Roon ROCK Core. Runs my audio whole house. As fast as my old Sonos setup.

Cons: None, really. Just works.

Overall Review: Fast box. Works like it's supposed to. FAST shipping

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Bad 8/11/2019 5:32:00 PM

Pros: New egg always takes care of the customers

Cons: I ordered this on 5/8/2019, it's now 8/11/2019, and it stopped working, bad cooling fan, or bad CPU. I have never had a computer brake down in this short of time. I would suggest getting a different brand of computer. Other then that, the computer worked find until it DIED today. Good new, it did not fry my SSD card.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Fine computer 7/16/2019 3:17:22 PM

Pros: It runs smoothly and does everything I need. I use it in non airconditioned room and it runs silently. The most intensive use it gets is when I use it to compose music using Sonar X3 and I have yet to hear the fan. I was worried about this since some people compained of fan noise.

(m.2 256gb and 16gb ram installed running windows 10)

Small form factor and very fast CPU.

Cons: Have nothing to complain about after 3 weeks of use.

Overall Review: Highly recommend.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Product 5/14/2019 7:49:58 AM

Pros: Fast Shipping Thank You

Cons: Nice Product !!!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great small unit that is nearly perfect 3/18/2019 5:32:04 PM

Pros: - Great size
- Great speed for everything except gaming (which really requires dedicated video GPU)
- Highly configurable, lots of ports
- Easy to work with and add memory/SSD
- Fair price

Cons: - I wish the fan was quieter

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this product, despite a fairly noisy fan. The fan doesn't operate all the time, mainly when running Adobe products. I added 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD and the thing works very well. I also used a wireless keyboard/mouse, which means this thing just doesn't take up desk space, which is awesome for a small desk. It won't play games, of course, but it wasn't meant to. It handles all of our Microsoft Word/Adobe InDesign tasks with flying colors. When the fan isn't going, it's completely silent. Fire up Adobe InDesign and expect it to "whine" a bit. If it weren't for the fan noise, I would give this 5 stars.

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