[clug] Small format Intel boxes. Any war stories or recommendations?

Boyd W boydwilding at gmail.com
Sat Jul 26 04:42:28 MDT 2014

There are too many compromises in a NUC box. Go for micro-ATX and give yourself some flexibility, as well as an optical drive.

You'll spend the same amount (or more) on a complete high spec NUC, as you will on a complete 3d-equipped and bluray optical-drive-capable micro ATX system. Bitfenix is a good example of a micro ATX case as a reference point for size, and I think you also avoid the power brick.

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From: steve jenkin 
Date:26/07/2014 17:34 (GMT+10:00) 
To: CLUG List 
Subject: [clug] Small format Intel boxes. Any war stories or recommendations? 

Anyone give me advice on alternatives in the itsy bitsy PC box market?

My cousin bought a Gigabyte BRIX for his sister, sent me this 8min Youtube video:

here’s a random website with a few models. Never bought from them, No idea of what they’re like.

They are ‘barebones’, so need DRAM and disk, adds to price.

The price range on that site, plus $45 shipping, is $180 to $1100, but quite a range in capability as well.

Higher cost models have ‘mini displayport’, which some writers call “Thunderbolt”.
Same connector and compatible adaptor & cables, but different things.
I don’t believe you can connect peripherals like Disks to “Displayport”.
While Gigabyte do seem to sell Thunderbolt motherboards, I couldn’t unpick what the BRIX provided.

I’m not a fan of yet another power brick, but that’s how they do it :(

Steve Jenkin, IT Systems and Design 
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