Summary: I loaded Win 7 x64-SP1 and all the drivers from Intel's website. Make sure you update the Bios also. Works great and is smaller than I thought it would be...about 3 iphones stacked on top of each other. However, it took me a while to get the OS loaded because the SATA power connector on this board did not have enough power to run my sata dvd drive (wouldn't open the drive door) and I tried 2 different drives.
Summary: I love this thing ! It's blazing fast, ultra compact and decoding video is suberb. Only reasons I didnt give it 5 stars is that Intel needs to add a power-on via keyboard option (you can only wake it from sleep, not power on via keyboard) and that it's still actively cooled (I always prefer passive cooling, although I must say the noise the cooler makes is very faint).
Summary: I guess the latest processor justifies the high price. This unit's video is wonderful. It is very fast running Windows. I added an 8-port USB hub to attach all my stuff, all of which works fine. Recommended, especially if space is tight.
Summary: I successfully installed the 8gb single ddr3 ram (will eventually add another 8gb in the future), the m-sata 240gb, and the ac7260 wifi + bluetooth. The biggest challenge for me was trying to attach the two grey and black antenna wires onto the chip. I was eventually able to get it in. Using this as a HTPC. On first boot set up, I forgot to make changes to BIOS but it didn't seem to matter as it was able to successfully install and boot into windows 8.1 anyways.
Summary: I setup my NUC with 16GB of PC3-12800 Crucial Ballistix RAM, a Muskin Atlas mSATA SSD, an Air Live X.USB-3 wifi adapter and installed Fedora 20 Linux. All the hardware was correctly detected and pretty much worked upon first boot. In addition, I installed windows 7 inside Oracle Virtualbox and had no hardware issues with this either. Finally, I booted with a Clonezilla live CD for full disk backup imaging and again had zero hardware detection problems.
Excerpt: HTPC (and more) Great size Powerful plenty. Not as easy to setup as Intel would like you to think (and I am a tech). Read the specs online or the little brochure that comes with it and make sure you stick to the specs (memory, 1.35 only, don't try 1.5; video hookup, got the mini DisplayPort working, the HDMI, tried several cables and adapters without much success, I know others did better). Stick with mainstream vendors for Memory, mSATA (Intel, Crucial, etc.
Don't forget to buy RAM and SSD to even power this up. Quiet but audible fan noise.
Amazon Customer "Tony", Amazon
23 November 2013
Summary: Performance is decent, fan noise is audible, but not too annoying. So do note this is NOT a fanless case. There is a fan going on constantly. When you buy this, and find out it doens't boot, you know why? Because it comes with zero RAM, and zero HDD. It's the zero ram that causes no display output. You'll see your power light flash 3 times ... that means no RAM.