About 8 months ago when I saw the Intel NUC at local computer store, I thought maybe I could get one for my expirements/projects. One that I could just leave running (headless) on one corner and either do of the following:
- Remote SSH from a local coffee shop: download stuff, etc
- Remote development while travelling overseas where internet speed isn’t great
I did a bit of research about Intel NUC, just wanted to make sure that it will be worthy for the price that I’d be paying for. However as I dig more info about it - blogs, reviews and forums - the following tipped off the scale for NUC:
- Hardware Upgrades
The Toshiba and Western Digital SATA disks are old stuff I pulled out from an old laptop.
|ASRock Deskmini||Barebone PC||H110M-STX, 110W (Wireless version)||ASRock Website info|
|Intel G4560 Pentium||CPU||3.50GHz, 2 Cores||Intel-Pentium-G4560-vs-Intel-Core-i3-6100|
|Samsung 960 EVO||SSD||250GB, M.2, PCIe||Tom’s Hardware review on 960 EVO NVMe SSD|
|Crucial SODIMM||RAM||2x8GB, DDR4-2133||crucial info|
|TOSHIBA MQ01ABF050||SATA||500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5”||newegg.com TOSHIBA MQ01ABF050|
|Western Digital WD2500BEVT||SATA||250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5”||newegg.com Western Digital WD2500BEVT|
Here are a couple of shots of my Deskmini and its components.
It wouldn’t be an exciting stuff if there are no issues, don’t you think ?
BIOS & Kaby Lake
Once you get the build done and pushed the start button - IT WON’T BOOT THE F**K UP! why?! - Kaby Lake processor needs UEFI/BIOS version 7.0 or greater. To fix this issue you either need to do the following:
- Ask the retailers/tech guys to flash the BIOS for you - before handling over your money, this is what I did.
- Get a spare Skylake processor, boot it up on Windows and flash the BIOS with your barehand.
Obviously we want the best, fastest and the latest - so my wishlist for this box are:
- Noctua NH-L9i
- Intel Skylake Core i7 6700K 4.0Ghz 8MB LGA 1151
- Vengeance® Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 SODIMM
Overall I’m happy with this box, gets the job done. It’s been just few weeks since I built this and its current uptime is 11 days. The OS is Ubuntu Server 16.04.2 LTS + Docker version 17.03.1-ce with 3 running Docker containers for my fullstack development. Head over at the references below should you need more details.
I will have another blog for the OS and development experience so stay tuned.