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Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE 2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

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  • Intel Core i5-3427U 1.8GHz with Intel QS77 Express Chipset
  • Integrated Intel 10/100/1000 Network Connection
  • Dual So-DIMM sockets for memory expandability up to 16GB
  • Dual Mini Display ports* supporti

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Intel Black Mini System


The Shape that Fits the Future
Think You Know What Small can Do? Think Again


A revolution in ultra-compact device design, the Next Unit of Computing packages a fully scalable, computing solution in the smallest possible form factor, complete with the Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor.

This new generation, barebones computing device provides a flexible, customizable engine to drive digital signage, kiosks, and intelligent computing for small spaces, or anywhere else you can imagine. The Next Unit of Computing also has triple display capabilities for multiple monitoring and display, along with Intel® vPro™ technology, which lets your IT service provider remotely manage or repair your system.

With that kind of power and size, you'll rethink what's possible. Because the only thing more amazing than Intel® technology is what you'll do with it.


BIOS Vault Technology

Virtually incorruptible BIOS provides fault-tolerant and secure firmware in operating and upgrade environments.


Fast Boot Technology

Speed through system boot times and eliminate unnecessary delays: from power-off to desktop in seconds.


Intel Visual BIOS

The new Intel Visual BIOS offers an easy-to-use graphical interface and animated controls which allow you to configure settings faster and more efficiently.


Intel Anti-Theft Technology

Provides hardware intelligence designed to protect your device and its data if it's lost or stolen.


Intel VPRO Technology

Powered by a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 vPro Processor.


Dimensions 4" X 4"
Integrated Board D53427RKE
Processor Support Intel Core i5-3427U Processor
CHIPSET Intel® QS77 Express Chipset
Warranty 3 Years
Number of Memory Slots 2
Memory Standard SODIMM DDR3 1600/1333MHz
Maximum Memory Supported 16GB maximum
Channel Supported Dual Channel
Integrated LAN Integrated Intel 10/100/1000 Network Connection
USB Ports Two (2) Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports, One (1) front panel USB 3.0 port
  • One (1) full length mini-PCIe slot supporting mSATA capability
  • One (1) half length mini-PCIe slot with dual USB 2.0 ports routed
Audio Intel® High Definition Audio via the HDMI v1.4a interfaces
GRAPHICS Supports Triple Independent Display capability using HDMI 1.4a and Dual mini DisplayPort 1.1a
  • Intel® Visual BIOS
  • Intel® Express BIOS update support
  • Fast Boot BIOS – Optimized POST for almost instant-on access to PC from power-on
Power Supply 19V, 65W DC - DC power

*Other names, brands, and logos may be claimed as the property of others.

(Intel Anti-Theft™ Technology) No system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Requires an enabled chipset, BIOS, firmware and software, and a subscription with a capable Service Provider. Consult your system manufacturer and Service Provider for availability and functionality. Service may not be available in all countries. Intel assumes no liability for lost or stolen data and/or systems or any other damages resulting thereof.

Learn more about the Intel NUC DC53427HYE


NUC (Next Unit of Computing)

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core i5-3427U 1.8GHz


North Bridge
Intel QS77

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1600/1333
Max Memory Supported
Dual Channel Memory Supported

Expansion Slots

1 x full length mini-PCIe slot supporting mSATA capability
1 x half length mini-PCIe slot with dual USB 2.0 ports routed


Serial ATA


Max LAN Speed

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
1 x USB 3.0

Back Panel Ports

Rear USB
2 x USB 2.0

Power Supply

Power Supply
19V, 65W DC-DC power adapter (AC cord not included)

Physical SPEC

4.59" x 4.41" x 1.55"


VESA mounting hole support

Antennae for WIFI and Bluetooth pre-assembled for ease of deployment

Front Panel USB 3.0

Integration Guide

Aluminum and Plastic Chassis design

Intel High Definition Audio via the HDMI v1.4a interfaces

Supports Triple Independent Display capability using HDMI 1.4a and Dual mini DisplayPort 1.1a

Additional Information

Date First Available
June 27, 2013
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Intel NUC DC53427HYE - Coml 6/1/2014 11:23:59 AM

Pros: Great little machine for remote display use, machine control and mother-in-law email machine.
Super simple installation, once you obtain the required parts: MSATA hdd, WI-FI adapter, Memory.
The mini display port connectors are great to have.
Intel 4000 graphics work for industrial use.

Cons: Why Intel did not add the power cord?

Overall Review: This is the first commercial version of the NUC. It is designed for OEM's, not consumers. It has been on the market for about a year now. It is also the Intel version of the NUC. Other manufacturers have already filled the pipeline with updated products. Disclaimer: I am an Intel Channel Partner.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Mini computing at its best! 4/29/2014 5:39:56 PM

Pros: Small form factor... make that 'very' small factor!
Powerful dual-core i-5 Ultra Low Voltage processor featuring 'overclocking' turbo boost feature from 1.8Ghz to 2.8Ghz
Use far less current than a regular desktop computer while delivering almost the same if not better computing power than systems 4 to 6 times its size.
Can support up to 3 (three) monitors at once (no other Intel NUC computer has this particular feature)
Run very cool doing everyday computing tasks such as EXCEL, WORD and ADOBE PHOTOSHOP with the processor not exceeding 61 degress C! The processor's heat tolerance max out at 105 degrees C so in other words, the mini fan does its job
It runs very quiet, almost silent
Very quit boot times, less than 8 seconds in most case for Windows 8.1

Cons: No headphone jack, no infrared unit like those on the 4th generation Intel NUCs.
Expensive to get up and running, you can easily spend between $550 to $990 just to get this up functioning at its best. You could easily buy a more powerful computer with a dedicated graphics card for the upper price range.
Only one USB 3.0 port on this unit and only 3 USB ports overall for the entire system,
Very limited when it comes to expanding the system

Overall Review: I spent nearly US$790 to get this system operating and I have no regrets, I still can't believe that Intel has made a fully functional computer in such a small form factor.... absolutely amazing work by the guys at Intel! If you want more space on your desk, to show off on your friends what a mini computer can do, get this unit! I am loving this unit more everyday since owning it in Dec. of 2013. This is a classic!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
my first NUC 1/10/2014 8:35:01 AM

Pros: works well under heavy stress, quiet, tiny, reasonable quite modest graphics ( Intel 4000 ) . very fast reboot from Intel utility. use as desktop or place in corner of room and access by remote access using the wireless. reasonable power from the I5 CPU. The modern video that also do sound ports are great.

Cons: You need to preorder adapters for the graphics or in a pinch buy after the fact from the local Radio Shack.
This model is obsolete. Only buy at big discount. Otherwise buy the just coming out Gigabyte BRIX or better with the IRIS 5200 Intel Graphics which ABSOLUTELY KILL this ones 4000 Graphics. Also its I7 4770R CPU not only kills this ones I5 CPU but also kills the I7-4770K CPU

Overall Review: We have two of them and they both work well. Heavy stress does not upset them. The second has better graphics being Intel 5000. Against that we just put together a budget I3-4130 with Intel 4400 graphics. It is faster & cheaper and the case is not that MUCH bigger but hardly Tiny. We would build another with the I7-4770K but the specs of the I7-4770R are much better so we will wait.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great consumer desktop 1/8/2014 6:32:19 AM

Pros: Enough power for most needs. Runs Windows 7 without a hitch. Small enough to fit in carry-on luggage or a purse for portability. Nearly silent. Installation of RAM and SSD was easy. As long as you're not gaming, the integrated graphics are probably good enough.

Cons: Only 3 USB ports (2x USB2 + 1xUSB3) means you'll probably need a USB hub, particularly since it only fits an SSD internally which means you're going to want an external drive for more serious storage needs.
WiFi adapter is not built in (although there is an antenna which can be attached to an internal PCIe adaptor) so if that's important to you, you'll need to get that separately.
Very surprised to find out it doesn't come with a power cord to go from the brick to the wall. Something like will do the trick but you need to remember to order it.

Overall Review: Once you put the whole thing together it's a bit on the expensive side for a low-power system. If you don't need the portability there are cheaper solutions out there.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good Little Box 1/3/2014 5:13:28 AM

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.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Very nice, with some issues. 9/1/2013 8:51:19 AM

Pros: Very small form factor, with good power. 16GB RAM allows for a lot of uses. In my case, I made it a home hypervisor system for testing.

vPro remote console management is a feature that should be included in all of models, it's a very useful feature.

Cons: vPro Management is overly complicated, and requires commercial software which is not included.

Inexplicably, intel does not include a power cord with this system. The power brick is included, and it has a relatively rare connector. It took some searching at several local retailers to find one available for purchase.

Newegg should bundle a power cord, or at least strongly suggest one with purchase, to account for intel's stupidity on this one.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Intel BOXDC53427HYE 8/27/2013 12:20:14 PM

Pros: Very quiet, compact, and fast.

Cons: - Doesn't include the needed power cord.
- Max memory is only 16GB, would be nice if it was 32GB for my usage.

Overall Review: I bought two of the i5 NUC's to be used in my VMware ESXi 5 home lab and they perform great. The only exception is that you need to load the correct NIC drivers into the esxi ISO file as the NIC drivers are not already included in ESXi 5.


N82E16820231582 - G.SKILL 16GB (2 x 8GB)

SanDisk Cruze Fit 8GB USB flash drive (install esxi on)

Very happy with the setup. Able to upgrade my home lab to something a bit more powerful while using very little power.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE 8/22/2013 6:06:02 PM

Pros: -A very small footprint.
-Intel's 3rd Generation Core i5 processor 3427U and QS77 Express chipset.
-USB 3.0 x1
-USB 2.0 x2
-HDMI 1.4a x1
-Mini-Displayport 1.1a x2
-Supporting triple independent display capability.

Cons: None from what I've seen so far.

Overall Review: Wow! This thing is small. And the components that go in it are unbelievably small. Really, I've seen packs of gum that were larger than the mSATA SSD or the wireless card!

Just like the previous review, I'm writing to list the parts I used in this build since they all appear to be compatible. I thoroughly read Intel's component suggestions and only deviated a little. So far everything is up and running fine. I'm writing this review from the computer.

N82E16856102035 Intel BOXDC53427HYE Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

N82E16820104358 Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model KHX16LS9P1K2/16

N82E16820167146 Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC240B301 mSATA 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

N82E16833106190 Intel 7260HMW IEEE 802.11AC, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCI Express combo Adapter - 867 Mbps+300Mbps - Internal

N82E16812200113 StarTech Model PXT101NB3S 6 ft. 3-Slot Laptop Power Cable

N82E16832116986 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

N82E16823126097 Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop

Now as mentioned in the previous review and on Intel's website, make sure you purchase a power adapter to wall cord. Even if you don't purchase the StarTech model I got, check out the picture on Newegg and make sure the one you have or get, has the "cloverleaf" connector on the end. I looked around my house before buying and found 9 computer cords but NONE of them had that end.

I saw Intel had Kingston's KVR16S11/8 listed as compatible memory. But after looking through Newegg I found Kingston's KHX16LS9P1K2/16. A very nice "matched" pair of DDR3 1600 MHz modules running on the lower 1.35V and CL9, which Intel says the board will handle.

After I loaded Win 7 on the system I noticed it didn't recognize the LAN card or the wireless adapter. It said they were there, but listed them as "Generic". Now, I know that can be typical so I used my laptop and downloaded Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for Windows 7 from Intel's website. Put it on the USB drive and loaded it on the system. As soon as I rebooted, it recognized the card and as soon as I loaded my wireless password I was up and running.

I have been adding memory, changing out hard drives, and the occasional tired PS or CD burner on my computers over the years. But I have to admit I have never assembled anything with parts quite that small. I just went about it like any other and within 30 minutes I had it all assembled. It went together much easier than I initially thought it would.

I used Daemon Tools Pro to make an ISO file of the Win 7 that I purchased. Then I used Microsoft's program (Google "Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool") to put it on a USB drive so I could boot the new system. I know there's many, many ways out there to do it. I'm just mentioning what worked for me.

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