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Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE  2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

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.

Other Thoughts: 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.

Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE  2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Makes a nice SOHO Linux server 01/02/2014

This review is from: Intel NUC Kit DC53427HYE 2 x 204Pin Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: -- Very small footprint.
-- Silent.
-- Bare bones system.
-- Easy to build out.
-- No problems installing CentOS v 6.

I bought this because I had a hard crash on my old linux box that I was using as DNS, Mail, and Web Server for my SOHO. (Didn't have time to think, needed it ASAP. ) [Went to local store, sorry NewEgg, ]

Got the i5, 8GB memory, and 256GB mSata. (Not ideal but like I said, I was short on time.)

Put it together and booted it from a spare Centos ISO I had burned to a thumb drive. Got DNS and mail up that night.

Cons: No power cord.
(I can understand because they probably ship this around the world. )
[This is why its only 4 stars and not 5]

No i7 option.

No expandability.

Other Thoughts: Its currently sitting on a book shelf and :
"System uptime 126 days, 10 hours, 14 minutes"
Don't even know its there.

While this is a stopgap solution. It does the job and I will keep it for my secondary DNS/Mail server.

Just think. This 'toy' is doing the same work load that I had running on 3 4U servers that I had built over 15 years ago...


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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 05/25/10

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 01/02/14
  • Last Review: 01/03/14
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