Excerpt: Nothing too fancy with this server, but in a good way. After popping in the RAM and hard drive, it started right up. Makes almost no noise, the lack of way-too-bright LEDs is amazing, and it takes up barely any room.
Summary: i got this from another site to replace my am2 htpc.this little nuc has surprised me so much.it's tiny,sips power like a 25w light bulb and plays any movie i throw at it without a slight hiccup on my 50"plasma. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE MICKEY MOUSE PLUG POWER CORD !!!
Pros: size 4"x4"x2" ,power consumption,overall speed.even the box plays the intel tune :)
Cons: none at all MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE MICKEY MOUSE PLUG POWER CORD !!!
Cons: Do your research first, there are only a specific set of mSATA devices this will work with. it turns out that after 30 days of on and off troubleshooting, I couldn't return an mSATA that it turns out just won't work. It runs too hot. I sucked it up and bought a new mSATA that is confirmed to work...
Summary: Got one of these to run openelc (XBMC embedded). Works perfectly. Added 2GB ram and outputs full HD flawlessly. Use it to stream live iptv via my vusolo box. No complaints. Quiet and discreet. Hidden behind the TV out of sight.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for an aging home theater PC and have been overall pleased. In terms of performance, this thing is a fine general purpose PC with enough power for general purpose tasks, as well as the ability to play 1080p movies via HDMI, my chief requirement.
Pros: Fast boot Plays HD movies Small Quit Efficient
Summary: Great little machines. They've become the standard PC for the sales and operations people at my company. Compact, quiet, and mountable to the back of most monitors so you can keep desks free of clutter.
Pros: Small, quiet.
Cons: Biggest downside is too few usb ports. The newer model NUCs have fixed this.
Summary: After the BIOS updated I mentioned in my las review, the final fix to the SSD boot / crash issue was to remove the Muskin label on the mSATA board to allow the Intel thermal pad to reduce the mSATA temperature. With the label, the mSATA board ran at 44C, after removal, it ran at 36C.
Pros: Tiny, fast, and drives two monitors. 3 USB ports and a GBE Ethernet port make it useful.
Cons: Can have intermittent boot / crash issues if not setup properly.
Summary: I installed the 0048 BIOS with no luck. Then I set Intel Dynamic Power Technology to OFF in the BIOS and that solved both the Win 7 blue screen issue and SSD boot problem. Also, for what it's worth, I set the video memory size to 64MB (it won't boot if set any higher), and I disabled legacy USB.
Pros: Tiny, fast, simple and should be reliable. Also quiet.
Cons: I had intermittent Windows 7 blue screen freezes and "no bootable device found" issues for a while. Happy that I seem to have found a fix for it (below).
Summary: This review is for the NUC DC3217IYE w/ Intel i3. Love the small form-factor. Now that we have a new replacement for the failed unit we'll put it back online and see how long it lasts this time. Hopefully the first failure was a fluke and not a design problem.
Pros: Worked great for two months, Small, silent, fast enough for our application. Love the tiny form factor.
Cons: Died after two months. Intel support web site was a huge circular navigation pain and a dead end, as it could not identify this product, so the only way to get an RMA was to do the live chat.