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A Quick Guide to the Intel NUC

The Intel NUC, which stands for Next Unit of Computing, is a miniature personal computer with a compact, minimalistic shape suitable for holding in one hand. The Intel NUC system delivers the power of a standard PC while leaving behind a minimal footprint with few wires. Depending on the model, the Intel NUC is suitable for multimedia, internet browsing, office applications, and some limited gaming, although some models are for edge servers and workstations as well; browse the selection at eBay for the right one to meet your needs.

How do you choose the right Intel NUC computer?

There are eight generations of NUC devices generally corresponding to the generation of i3, i5, or i7 Intel processors inside, although some models, especially the early generation ones, contain a Celeron or Atom processor instead. Intel offers three types of NUCs: fully operational computers, standalone motherboards, and NUC kits without RAM, storage, and an operating system. The latter two require quite a lot of work to get them running. The Intel NUCs can vary widely in performance and feature set, but you should generally look out for the following features:

  • Maximum memory - All Intel NUC models have a maximum allowable memory, which is crucial to know if your kit does not come with RAM. Intel NUCs are compatible with SO-DIMM cards, which are for computers with small form factors.
  • Display output - The most common display outputs are HDMI, DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt. Certain models may have only one or all three. VGA is also offered on select models.
  • USB ports - The Intel NUC has up to four USB 3.0 or 3.1 ports. USB 2.0 was also an option up until the third generation.
  • Networking - The Intel NUC offers Gigabit Ethernet in all models. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also became standard starting with the fifth generation, the Intel NUC i5.
  • Internal bays - Most Intel NUC models should come with an internal 2.5-inch SATA bay for connecting a storage device. An M.2 drive became standard starting with the seventh generation.

Does the Intel NUC have an integrated or dedicated GPU?

Most NUC devices have an integrated Intel graphics processor, which is a GPU that shares RAM with the rest of the computer. These GPUs can be identified by the moniker HD Graphics, which can output or stream video in regular high-definition or UHD Graphics, which can output or stream video at ultra high-definition. Other common names for integrated GPUs include Irish Graphics, Iris Pro, or Iris Plus. Certain eighth-generation NUC models do have a dedicated graphics card instead, which is a GPU with dedicated memory. Dedicated graphics cards are suited more for gaming or professional graphics applications.

What operating system is compatible with the Intel NUC?

The Intel NUC is compatible with Microsoft Windows and most versions of Linux. It is also compatible with the VMware vSphere cloud computing virtualization platform.

Used Intel NUC computers on eBay

Customers looking for an Intel mini PC or a NUC PC on eBay can find a variety of Intel NUC used PCs for sale at different price points.

FAQs About the Intel NUC Computer

What are some common uses for Intel NUC computers?

Intel NUC computers are versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes, including home entertainment systems, media centers, gaming rigs, digital signage, small office/home office (SOHO) setups, and compact desktop workstations. Their small size and powerful performance make them suitable for a wide range of applications, from casual computing to more demanding tasks like video editing and content creation.

What are the key components and specifications of Intel NUC computers?

Intel NUC computers typically feature Intel processors, ranging from entry-level Celeron or Pentium CPUs to high-performance Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. They also include integrated Intel HD or Iris graphics, RAM slots for memory expansion, M.2 slots for SSD storage, USB ports, HDMI or DisplayPort outputs for video connectivity, and options for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. These components can vary depending on the specific model and configuration chosen.

How easy is it to upgrade or customize an Intel NUC computer?

Intel NUC computers are designed with modularity and ease of customization in mind. Users can typically upgrade components such as RAM, storage, and even the CPU (in some models) to enhance performance or meet specific requirements. Many NUC models feature tool-less access to internal components, making upgrades straightforward and hassle-free. However, it's essential to check compatibility and follow manufacturer guidelines when upgrading NUC components.

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