Intel NUC

  • 4
  • Question
  • Updated 2 years ago
I am a OS X user (Apple/Mac) but decided I needed to move my FlexRadio operations over to a dedicated Windows box - I took the plunge and got a Tiny Intel NUC - this thing is tiny and very very quiet.  Performance wise it seems to run SDR just fine full frames - I even ran it over the built in WiFi (which is AC enabled) and that performed fine.  (I was connected at 875M).  I picked  up the i7 model NUC5I7RYH added a 250G Samsung M.2 PCI SSD and an 8G of DRAM - I loaded up Windows 10 Preview.  All told it took me about 35min to build it, and load the OS off a USB-3 Stick.  Only ran into one issue with the DAX running under windows 10 - will figure that out later.
 Here are some photos of the NUC, did I mention out tiny it is?:

NUC, Memory and SSD boxed



unboxed Intel NUC with memory and SSD



The Back of the Intel NUC, Memory and SSD



4 screws is all it take stop pop open the NUC - I added the memory
in Slot 1/A (it is the bottom one) and the Samsung M.2 SSD.




SDR running on the Intel NUC under Windows 10 Preview




Only issue I had was loading the DAX under Windows 10 - but that is because I think my other system still had it up and running.   Hard to debug or ask for help on an OS that is not released - but it is looking good!


So far a positive experience with an Intel NUC.

regards,
-David KG5EIU
Photo of kg5eiu

kg5eiu

  • 33 Posts
  • 5 Reply Likes

Posted 3 years ago

  • 4
Photo of IW7DMH, Enzo

IW7DMH, Enzo

  • 336 Posts
  • 82 Reply Likes
Hello David,

it is a great choice! I use a previous i5 model and it works very well. Your i7 will be far better :)
Another great choice is the ultrawide 21:9 LG monitor like the LG models with 2560 x 1080 Pixel resolution.
Good luck.

73' Enzo
iw7dmh

(Edited)
Photo of Steve Parker

Steve Parker

  • 40 Posts
  • 5 Reply Likes
I just bought the new i7 NUC......250 SSD .,.... 16 RAM.......LOVE IT! Runs my 6500, internet, stream live video...... No issues.
Photo of kr4k

kr4k

  • 72 Posts
  • 11 Reply Likes
I have the same i7 model NUC, 16 GB RAM, 512G M.s drive, and 256G SSD. Works really well with SmartSDR. Like that the NUC will run on 12 VDC. Drives a 36" display via HDMI.
73/gus  kr4k
Photo of Tim - W4TME

Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

  • 8517 Posts
  • 3188 Reply Likes
We are starting to use the i7 NUC for our hamfest to drive the FLEX-6000s
Photo of Robbie - KI4TTZ

Robbie - KI4TTZ

  • 473 Posts
  • 72 Reply Likes
Yep the NUC devices are very nice, especially if you don't need a lot of horsepower or just want a small computer to play around with.  I drive a 4k monitor via hdmi with mine and watch movies on it.
Photo of KD4HSO

KD4HSO

  • 52 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
Does SSDR work on an i7 NUC at 4k with four panadapters?
(Edited)
Photo of Dan -- KC4GO

Dan -- KC4GO

  • 337 Posts
  • 68 Reply Likes
@NUC users
Looks great, but here is a question. Can it drive multiple monitors? I have two Samsung 27" HD monitors I currently use now. And would not like to loose the ability to put all the third party stuff on 1 and Flex on the other. Are both ports usable? 
Photo of kr4k

kr4k

  • 72 Posts
  • 11 Reply Likes
Yes. I have tried running two HDMI monitors, one using a direct mini-HDMI cable, and the other using a mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with a regular HDMI cable.

73/gus
Photo of Tim - W4TME

Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

  • 8611 Posts
  • 3231 Reply Likes
Yes.
Photo of Lee - N2LEE

Lee - N2LEE

  • 268 Posts
  • 138 Reply Likes
Did you consider a Mac mini running with Bootcamp ?  At this way when a Mac client is finally available you can dump windows. :)
Photo of Walt - KZ1F

Walt - KZ1F

  • 3040 Posts
  • 640 Reply Likes
Or, you could wait a little bit and have a native Mac executable. Dumping Windows is an extremely praiseworthy and worthwhile goal. IMHO. Someone else's view may differ.
(Edited)
Photo of kr4k

kr4k

  • 72 Posts
  • 11 Reply Likes
Yes, have two MacMinis (mid 2010 and mid 2012) running BootCamp Win7. Have tried using them, and they perform OK. Noticed a performance improvement with the NUC.

73/gus
Photo of Asher - K0AU

Asher - K0AU

  • 167 Posts
  • 19 Reply Likes
Glad to hear it works!  I used an i7 NUC with earlier versions of SSDR and it just didn't have enough GPU horsepower. Was driving two 1920x1080 screens.

May dust it off and try again with the latest version.
Photo of kg5eiu

kg5eiu

  • 33 Posts
  • 5 Reply Likes
I held out as long as I could - when the native mac SmartSDR client is here I'll have a NUC for sale ;) 
Photo of Sergey, R5AU

Sergey, R5AU

  • 795 Posts
  • 92 Reply Likes
(Edited)
Photo of Jon, EA2OT

Jon, EA2OT

  • 14 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
I use a Zbox Nano CI320 fanless and runs SmartSDR, N1MM and other stuff at the same time without any issues.

It runs an Intel Celeron N2930 (quad-core, 1.83 GHz) and 4 GB RAM.

http://www.zotac.com/en/products/mini-pcs/zbox-c-series/product/zbox-c-series/detail/zbox-ci320-nano/sort/starttime/order/DESC/amount/10/section/specifications.html

Zbox offers also big brothers with Intel I5 and I7 with same sizes.

Very nice options.
(Edited)
Photo of Bill Carnett

Bill Carnett

  • 28 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes
Took your advice and bought the intel Nuc i5 also...felt vulnerable with Windows on my iMac...yes, probably unfounded.  Though probably due to my computer illiteracy but so far (3 wks) the 6500/Nuc just doesn't run as well as the 6500/iMac.  The issues, IMO,are due to Windows 10.  Freeze up, shut down, slow downloads, graphic delays, etc.  Of course I realize the machines are different.  However in these forum, the official line if somebody has an issue with Mac seems to be "it's built for Windows."  Perhaps, but  I continue to believe Apple is a much more stable platform than PC.  Wish Flexradio was formatted to specifically run on OS X (Apple)...I think everybody would be happier.  Yeah, I know, not scientific...just an appliance operator (if you all remember that phrase).  73 & Happy New Year.  Bill, AH6FC/W7