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Does the m.2 bus not support faster speeds on this unit?
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Does the m.2 bus not support faster apples on this unit?
Assuming that apples is an autocorrect error, it does appear that it supports NVMe drives; however, the included SSD is SATA III.

However, what use would you be putting an entry-level i3 computer to, where SATA III speeds aren't fast enough? You should be able to get at least 600MB/sec read and write
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CPU should be i3-8109U
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Assuming that apples is an autocorrect error, it does appear that it supports NVMe drives; however, the included SSD is SATA III.

However, what use would you be putting an entry-level i3 computer to, where SATA III speeds aren't fast enough? You should be able to get at least 600MB/sec read and write
Yes, swiping without editing.

I've seen a huge jump in speeds for menial tasks on nvme vs sata3.
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Assuming that apples is an autocorrect error, it does appear that it supports NVMe drives; however, the included SSD is SATA III.

However, what use would you be putting an entry-level i3 computer to, where SATA III speeds aren't fast enough? You should be able to get at least 600MB/sec read and write
I would have gotten more enjoyment out of the OP if he left 'apples' Smilie

You make some good points, although I can't get much above 560-ish MB/Sec even with a Samsung on a SATA III connection.
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Maybe a dumb question here, buy why wouldn't someone just buy one of the cheap laptops that have either a i5 or Ryzen 5 for around the same price and hook that up to an external monitor?
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Maybe a dumb question here, buy why wouldn't someone just buy one of the cheap laptops that have either a i5 or Ryzen 5 for around the same price and hook that up to an external monitor?
Not a bad idea if you can find one with the same specs at this price. The advantage of the NUC is that you can attach it to the back of a monitor; also it has a wired ethernet connection which many modern laptops lack (however, it doesn't appear to have built-in wifi). Also, a laptop in this price range may not be as reliable as this.
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If you can make your own pc with powerful cpu, you can do it around $500
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I would have gotten more enjoyment out of the OP if he left 'apples' https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...lies/smile.gif

You make some good points, although I can't get much above 560-ish MB/Sec even with a Samsung on a SATA III connection.
SATA3 has a theoretical max of 600. 560 is pretty much the real-world cap for any SATA SSD because of overhead.
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Maybe a dumb question here, buy why wouldn't someone just buy one of the cheap laptops that have either a i5 or Ryzen 5 for around the same price and hook that up to an external monitor?
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Not a bad idea if you can find one with the same specs at this price. The advantage of the NUC is that you can attach it to the back of a monitor; also it has a wired ethernet connection which many modern laptops lack (however, it doesn't appear to have built-in wifi). Also, a laptop in this price range may not be as reliable as this.
For one, I'm pretty sure this is the cheapest way to get Thunderbolt support. If you already have something like a spare GTX1060 lying around, you can throw it into an eGPU and game on this.
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SATA3 has a theoretical max of 600. 560 is pretty much the real-world cap for any SATA SSD because of overhead.
You are correct, but as I stated above, for most users of a computer like this (i.e. you're not going to be editing 4K movies), it should be fine.
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8th generation NUCs have 28W CPU and a tb3 port, way powerful than later 15W models
I missed last year's i5 model (NUC8i5BEK) deal which was at same $300.
https://slickdeals.net/f/12321643-intel-i5-8259u-graphics-655-nuc-mini-barebone-system-black-300-more-free-s-h?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1
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Is power consumption an issue with these? Only listed at 90w.

I am tempted by these things, I got an unused touchscreen monitor and am between buying a used optiplex, a nuc, or a cheap Chinese windows mini pc. Mostly want to build a cheap emulator box, and I feel like a used optiplex plus 1030 gpu would be a better performance and less expensive than this without a gpu (eGPU case is cost prohibitive).
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Maybe a dumb question here, buy why wouldn't someone just buy one of the cheap laptops that have either a i5 or Ryzen 5 for around the same price and hook that up to an external monitor?
you can use nuc as a mini home server (e.g. NAS, streaming box, voip box, vpn box). While you can use a laptop for such purpose but nuc best fit for this.
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