Quick overview of Intel NUC

I remember when my parents bought for me the first computer in early 2000s (dot-com era). It was based on Duron 1.3 Ghz (Spitfire), 256 Mb RAM + IDE disks, of course. You may or may not be surprised that it still works properly side-by-side with Windows XP.

But technology is like a time, doesn’t want to wait.  There comes a moment in every PC’s life when it must be replaced or upgraded due to incompatibility with modern applications. For instance, Windows 8 requires SSE2 CPU instructions and even Skype won’t work without them (SSE2 is a requirement for video calls).

Therefore, we need to search for some replacement options. It may be a simple upgrade or purchasing a brand new PC.  My choice is the second, obviously. So, please welcome Intel NUC.

What’s NUC?

Intel New Unit of Computing or  more simply NUC is a 4×4-inch mini-PC (barebone) and is about 1.5-2 in. thick (thickness depends on model) with built-in CPU (from Atom/Celeron to Core i7), integrated graphics, customizable board for storage and memory.

Furthermore, almost all models also come with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth modules, card readers and even with dual microphones.

NUC is completely fanless and noiseless (except of Skull Canyon NUC series which is oriented to gamers). Some of NUC kits can also be shipped with the pre-installed SSD and memory. List of currently available kits is here .

The number following the “NUC” indicates it’s generation. The latest NUC generation is 7 for now. You need to check launch date and gen id in description of each kit before buying. Example: NUC6CAYH belongs to the Intel NUC 6th generation and launched at Q4’16

Some NUC analogs: Gigabyte BRIX , Asus VivoMini series


Well, It’s not mine anymore ‘cause I bought it to my parents Улыбка. Anyway, I spent 3 days working with NUC6CAYH and really enjoyed it. It’s definitely what I searched for.

  • VGA port is on board (monitor is good but doesn’t support DVI and etc),
  • dual array microphones (no additional costs for headphones),
  • noiseless and with the latest Apollo Lake Celeron J3455 CPU

Recommended price for this kit is just 139$. Additionally, don’t forget to count SSD (m.2 or sata) and memory.

Be aware that SSD must have up to 9.5 mm thickness and memory should be verified for compatibility at the manufacturer’s official site

I bought and installed 1 x A-Data SU800 with 3DNAND and 1 x Kingston HyperX Impact with good timings (I don’t need dual-channel yet)

So my costs totalled approximately 270$


Installation is quite simple and takes 2 minutes (use instructions that come with your NUC). Actually, you just need to unfasten 4 screws and place ssd, memory. No cables required.


NUC’s bios is not advanced and it usually does not require any configuration. Just leave default settings

TIP: NUC comes with blue indicator color for HDD activity and power leds. You can change them in bios in power section.


Install OS as usual (my NUC supports only Windows 10 x64). It took me about 5-6 minutes to get Windows 10 installed.

Then upgrade your NUC using the special bundle which is available at Intel support site in order to get the latest bios and drivers.


Test results


As you can see, it’s better than Pentium N3700 but still far from NUC Kits based on Core i3

cpu test results intel nuc

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Azure Stack Preview 3 is available

Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 is being made available as a Proof of Concept (POC). The POC is an ideal environment for learning and demonstrating Azure Stack features.

Microsoft is also announced that Azure Stack will be available via Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP) 


In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, here’s the list of new features:

  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) support provides identity options for scenarios where network connectivity is limited or intermittent.
  • You can use Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets to provide managed scale out of workloads.
  • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes for increased performance and consistency.
  • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure.
  • Marketplace Syndication allows you to use content from the Azure Marketplace and make available in Azure Stack.
  • Isolated administrator and user portals and APIs provide enhanced security.
    Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting.
  • Using the Windows Azure Pack connector, you can view and manage IaaS virtual machines that are hosted on a Cloud Platform System (CPS) stamp. For this preview release, you can try this only with a CPS environment and additional configuration is required.
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