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$277

+RAM
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+OS (for those who don't use Linux or pirated windows)
+Mouse
+keyboard
+monitor
and you will have a working computer equipped with i3.

All 3 versions (i3, i5, and i7) have TDP 28, which weird as the CPU benchmarks differ by more than double between i3 and i7! Can anybody with more understanding explain this?
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$277

+RAM
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+Mouse
+keyboard
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and you will have a working computer equipped with i3.

All 3 versions (i3, i5, and i7) have TDP 28, which weird as the CPU benchmarks differ by more than double between i3 and i7! Can anybody with more understanding explain this?
You can install windows 10 for free without a license. You just can't change the wallpaper, disable update, and have a watermark saying "Activate Windows"
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Damn. barebone!
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Build a mini itx for $400 easily.
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May sound crazy but I want to build a new Windows 7 box to run MCE for DVR / HTPC. Which compact hardware still supports Windows 7 as I doubt NUC is one of them.
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May sound crazy but I want to build a new Windows 7 box to run MCE for DVR / HTPC. Which compact hardware still supports Windows 7 as I doubt NUC is one of them.
To answer your question: "The system does not include an Operating System pre-installed (or hard drive or memory which you add yourself), but yes, it supports Windows 10 being installed. In fact, according to Intel's website, the only supported operating system on the NUC8i3BEK is Windows 10"

Bit off-topic but I replaced my MCE/HTPC boxes with two Nvidia Shields. Much better hardware, works with all the applications I use (Plex, Synology, HomeRun cable tuner, etc) and even does pretty well for gaming considering it has the same CPU/GPU as the Nintendo Switch. Ironically I still use a NUC8i7BEH (the i7 version of the NUC advertised here.. with the extra height for 2.5" HDD) as my Plex Server.. and host all my media files on the Synology NAS. Not the cheapest solution.. but one that has been working well and running 24/7 for over 8 years.
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Meh, paid $140 more for a 8i7hvk
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Off-topic but I replaced my MCE/HTPC with Nvidia Shields. Much better hardware, works with all the applications I use (Plex, Synology, HomeRun cable tuner, etc) and even does pretty well for gaming considering it has the same CPU/GPU as the Nintendo Switch.
I've looked for alternatives but my HD Homerun Prime box uses CableCard which has DRM for many cable channels. So I'm stuck with the current setup.
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All 3 versions (i3, i5, and i7) have TDP 28, which weird as the CPU benchmarks differ by more than double between i3 and i7! Can anybody with more understanding explain this?
It's a side effect of process variability in fabrication. The "best" chips have low leakage, which means you can run them faster at the same power envelope compared to "bad" chips that are functional but power inefficient. It's also partially due to power efficient microarchitecture, such as enabling hyperthreading and power states.
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I've looked for alternatives but my HD Homerun Prime box uses CableCard which has DRM for many cable channels. So I'm stuck with the current setup.
Yeah you are stuck with MCE then.. I dont think it works with anything newer. Have you considered switching over to streaming cable apps.. I used to love Playstation Vue and the pricing was pretty competitive but that service ended last year because it was losing money. YoutubeTV is about the best alternative (https://tv.youtube.com/).. about $65 a month but it should give you all the channels you had with the cablecard subscription.. and you will be able to watch it on many more devices with much newer/better/smaller hardware.
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Yeah you are stuck with MCE then.. I dont think it works with anything newer. Have you considered switching over to streaming cable apps.. I used to love Playstation Vue and the pricing was pretty competitive but that service ended last year because it was losing money. YoutubeTV is about the best alternative (https://tv.youtube.com/).. about $65 a month but it should give you all the channels you had with the cablecard subscription.. and you will be able to watch it on many more devices with much newer/better/smaller hardware.
Streaming tv services do not offer live 5.1 sound, unless something has changed in the last 30 days. $65/mo YTTV is likely higher than an equivalent package from cable co.
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I have the NUC8i7BEH (i7) of this. While I like the machine, the fan is quite a bit louder than the NUC5i5RYH that I had before.

I do like the warranty experience with Intel. The first unit had a defective fan, unable to find a replacement I ended up sending it in. Got a brand new unit in exchange. They first sent me the new unit while placing a charge on my credit card, and after sending back the defective unit they refunded me. I believe I was stuck with shipping, but overall it was quite fast and painless.
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It's a side effect of process variability in fabrication. The "best" chips have low leakage, which means you can run them faster at the same power envelope compared to "bad" chips that are functional but power inefficient. It's also partially due to power efficient microarchitecture, such as enabling hyperthreading and power states.
Thanks for the response, it does make sense to think that of the 3 processors, i7 is most efficient and i3 is least and that they all are expected to release same amount of heat on full load. I was under the same impression until I received a laptop equipped with i5-8250U (vivobook). A quad-core processor, with benchmark similar to another laptop (i7-3840QM, thinkpad) that I still have with me. I was surprised to see that the thinkpad was still managing to to outperform vivobook by a huge margin in multicore tasks i.e. vivobook was taking at least 1.5 times the time than thinkpad would take! Vivobook was running at ~60C and thinkpad on full load was running at 95C. I realized that vivobook's i5-8250U processor was configured at TDP - 15W and if you need more performance then yo have to increase it. Whereas thinkpad maintain its all cores at ~3.6ghz for all core tasks, the vivobook was stuck with 1.6ghz, base frequency of i5-8250U, for 4-core tasks! What I could not understand is as to why make a put a strong processor in a machine and make sure that it never uses its power? I had a i7-6600U laptop, and I could not distinguish the performance diference between them (i7-6600U vs i5-8250U). I returned i5-8250U equipped vivobook and bought something without a "U" at the tail of the name of the processor.
I feel that its again an Intel gimmick (bringing quad-core processor to mainline laptops with 8th gen processors). With all that said, it's likely that I may be wrong somewhere!
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