Amazon.co.uk - Intel NUC DN2820FYKH Barebone Desktop (Celeron N2820 2.39GHz, HD Graphics, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0) - CONFIRMED WITH UPGRADE TO CELERON N2830 CPU - £92.98 delivered
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Amazon.co.uk - Intel NUC DN2820FYKH Barebone Desktop (Celeron N2820 2.39GHz, HD Graphics, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0) - CONFIRMED WITH UPGRADE TO CELERON N2830 CPU - £92.98 delivered

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Found 7th Oct 2014
Hi all. I know this has been posted before at this price (3 months ago) but I have confirmed with Amazon Customer Services before ordering that their stock has the Baytrail Celeron processor upgrade from N2820 to N2830. I'll put a few useful links in the next couple of posts, but as many who have considered buying this will know around April Intel announced it was upgrading the CPU due to issues with the N2820; however, there would be no change in model number and the old stock would have to be sold by retailers until stocks were exhausted. New stock has the following codes either on the box or inside SA# H22962-103 or AA# H24582-203. I got this response the other day when I made an enquiry:

"Hello,

Greetings from Amazon.co.uk.

I’m writing about your pre order.

We just received an update from our fulfilment centre with the following information:

"That the inventory is SA# H22962-103"

Should you require any additional information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us."

It is the same price at Ebuyer just now - has actually been less £88.98 and I made and enquiry when it was that price, but they just got back to me confirming their stock is H22962-102.

So I thought I'd post just in case anyone was unsure about this as Amazon have not changed the product description (I don't think they will either as Intel are not making a song and dance about it). I will update when it arrives to make sure its the upgrade, but obviously Amazon customer services being as good as they are, I can return free of charge if its not.

I already have an i3 NUC, but I wanted another at low cost so this will be ideal.

Cheers!

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Original Poster

How will this compare to the i3 you have?

Thanks, I've been waiting to see how the 2830 fares once released.... hoping it'll be powerful enough for full HD netflix and other streaming duties while bolted behind my TV.

Have the N2820 version and almost sent t back as it wouldn't seem to handle anything streaming-wise at full screen (with ssd and 4GB RAM). However, once I made a few changes it plays anything I throw at it (although I haven't got Netflix).

- update bios to latest
- increase video RAM to max (512) - default is 64 - massice improevement after this
- Use the Palemoon 64 browser (uses H/W acceleration by default)
- If you use VLC enable H/W acceleration under settings/codecs/inputs
- Try SMPlayer (gui for mplayer) - less resource hungry than VLC (64 works best for me with Windows 8.1 64)

Mine is AOK now and I love it - if these newer ones have a better cpu it can only be an impovement.

Original Poster

EpiKz

How will this compare to the i3 you have?



I got the i3 DC3217BY for £125 and to be fair I wish I'd bought a couple more - the cheapest you can get it for now is £200ish. It wasn't popular at retail because of an unusual combination of outputs so resellers cut the price to shift stock. It is superior to this one in terms of performance and I use it as my main HTPC. I actually just want this one to hook up to a monitor in my garage so I can watch videos when I'm exercising and to look up bike maintenance videos whilst I'm working on my bike so I am going for cheapness.

Help out a noob:
Am I correct in thinking that this is not a complete tower and you need to add a hard drive and ram? Do you need to buy anything else? Will these items fit inside the box?

Yes this is just the barebones and you will need a hd + memory.

myotherusernameisclean

Help out a noob:Am I correct in thinking that this is not a complete … Help out a noob:Am I correct in thinking that this is not a complete tower and you need to add a hard drive and ram? Do you need to buy anything else? Will these items fit inside the box?



Yes also, I guess you really wouldn't call this a tower as it's a tiny box in comparison to a desktop computer, it's still a desktop but very small.

does this have an external power supply or a built in one ?
thanks in advance


update:1 x Intel computing kit
Power adapter
VESA wallmount adapter
Edited by: "7iain7" 7th Oct 2014

what would be decent ram for this? 4gb or 8 GB? and which type?

Ogre

what would be decent ram for this? 4gb or 8 GB? and which type?



It depends what you're gonna use it for. XBMC and browsing 2GB could be enough but 4GB is probably best.

Just ordered one I might try the hackintosh side of things and see how it runs.

fergys

Just ordered one I might try the hackintosh side of things and see how it … Just ordered one I might try the hackintosh side of things and see how it runs.



Unfortunately it wont run as there are no Mac drivers for Celeron CPU's. If you want to make a hackintosh you'll need to go for a Pentium or higher.

I've been looking around myself over the past couple of weeks for something I can use as a HTPC to replace my Apple TV 1st Gen and it's difficult to find something which ticks all the boxes.

The nice to have's included
- S/PDIF Audio out
- Very quiet, ideally fanless
- Built in Infra red

This NUC is great but is missing a couple of the features I would like. I've been looking at the Zotac CI320 myself which has the same CPU, is more expensive but does have everything I want.

How quiet is the NUC? I could get a HDMI to S/PDIF converter.

Any thoughts on a Steam streaming box? Tested with a Surface pro 1 and seemed to work ok (once I worked out you need to leave a mouse plugged into the source/workhorse PC, doh!). Would like something neat to sit behind TV though.

will this play downloaded movies on windows 7? via HDMI?

will this usb3 my Bluetooth iso?

I have the Celeron N2820 version, after an intial BIOS update, it works great for me (120GB SSD (Kingston), 4GB DDR3L RAM) using Windows 8.1 64-bit and XBMC/Kodi. Plays everything I've thrown at it, but not tried 3D yet. Better CPU one, I'd recommend it!

owens2000

I've been looking around myself over the past couple of weeks for … I've been looking around myself over the past couple of weeks for something I can use as a HTPC to replace my Apple TV 1st Gen and it's difficult to find something which ticks all the boxes.The nice to have's included - S/PDIF Audio out- Very quiet, ideally fanless- Built in Infra redThis NUC is great but is missing a couple of the features I would like. I've been looking at the Zotac CI320 myself which has the same CPU, is more expensive but does have everything I want.How quiet is the NUC? I could get a HDMI to S/PDIF converter.



Very quiet if you have an SSD inside. Noise any HTPC makes bugs me too, and was hesitant with this, but can say it's perfect

blacklion1725

Have the N2820 version and almost sent t back as it wouldn't seem to … Have the N2820 version and almost sent t back as it wouldn't seem to handle anything streaming-wise at full screen (with ssd and 4GB RAM). However, once I made a few changes it plays anything I throw at it (although I haven't got Netflix).- increase video RAM to max (512) - default is 64 - massice improevement after thisMine is AOK now and I love it - if these newer ones have a better cpu it can only be an impovement.



Been running a couple of these for almost a year now with XBMC handled everything (apart from 4K) but i have not increased video RAM to max 512 is this a hack? I thought you could only expect that with 8GB of ram (i have 4) could only be an improvement any chance you could shed some light?

Would this handle streaming sports on XBMC ok?
Edited by: "peddy" 8th Oct 2014

Has anyone used this with Plex? Can it handle 1080p files?

Also trying to decide if to get this or wait and get the i3. I only need this for streaming content either via Plex or XBMC from my NAS Server.

Burbidge

Been running a couple of these for almost a year now with XBMC handled … Been running a couple of these for almost a year now with XBMC handled everything (apart from 4K) but i have not increased video RAM to max 512 is this a hack? I thought you could only expect that with 8GB of ram (i have 4) could only be an improvement any chance you could shed some light?



Its not a hack - just a bios setting,

- At startup press F2 to access setup
- Its a graphical bios and you can use the mouse
- Select Advanced
- Select Devices
- Select Video
- Adjust the graphics video up to a mak of 512MB
- Press F10, save changes and exit

Made a huge difference for me (running Windows 8.1) - but if you are runnning OK maybe no need to tinker, can't hurt to try though. I am running 4GB RAM, so have 3.5GB left for Windows - it runs absolutely AOK with the other changes I posted earlier in the thread.

graemeakajimmy

For those of you with questions about xbmc compatibility



Thanks for that link. It was very helpful. Going to take the plunge.

darrenhaken

Has anyone used this with Plex? Can it handle 1080p files?



I'm also interested in knowing what it performs like with Plex. Could it serve 1080p content to multiple users

Don't these become expensive once you've bought Windows OS(unless using Linux), RAM and SSD for it?

Be interesting as to how these compare with an Amazon Fire TV. I mean, most people seem to be using these as media players.. but it's a tad extreme for me personally to be spending £93 on barebones, then spending maybe another ~£50 on SSD & memory to play movies.

DarrylJohn

Be interesting as to how these compare with an Amazon Fire TV. I mean, … Be interesting as to how these compare with an Amazon Fire TV. I mean, most people seem to be using these as media players.. but it's a tad extreme for me personally to be spending £93 on barebones, then spending maybe another ~£50 on SSD & memory to play movies.



What would you use then? The fire tv?

darrenhaken

What would you use then? The fire tv?



For media, I don't see why not no. You can run XBMC on it, load content from an external harddrive (needs root for this), have plex.. whatever really. I got the Fire TV for £49 in the promo event last month too. Will be a very decent bit of kit for the price. It's £79 on amazon now though!

I'm not sure how silent the intel Nuc is, but the Fire TV should be near silent aswell.
Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 8th Oct 2014

DarrylJohn

For media, I don't see why not no. You can run XBMC on it, load content … For media, I don't see why not no. You can run XBMC on it, load content from an external harddrive (needs root for this), have plex.. whatever really. I got the Fire TV for £49 in the promo event last month too. Will be a very decent bit of kit for the price. It's £79 on amazon now though!I'm not sure how silent the intel Nuc is, but the Fire TV should be near silent aswell.



How does the Fire TV handle 1080p content on both Plex and XBMC?
Do you need to root it to get XBMC on it?

I didn't realise it was a contender as a media unit!

darrenhaken

How does the Fire TV handle 1080p content on both Plex and XBMC?Do you … How does the Fire TV handle 1080p content on both Plex and XBMC?Do you need to root it to get XBMC on it?I didn't realise it was a contender as a media unit!



It doesn't support gigabit by the way...

1080p blu ray xbmc no problem?
@darryljohn - how is that 1080p high quality doing on fire TV?

@ wavefront
Unfortunately it wont run as there are no Mac drivers for Celeron CPU's. If you want to make a hackintosh you'll need to go for a Pentium or higher.

I realised that just after I sent this post ah well a man can never enough toys can he.

Might try win 8.....

Wezi

I'm also interested in knowing what it performs like with Plex. Could it … I'm also interested in knowing what it performs like with Plex. Could it serve 1080p content to multiple users



I have the 2820 version and it works fine for 1080p Plex to a single user - currently to 2 users I usually have success, but occasionally have issues. For me it is rare that I have concurrent users so it is a non issue. I only have video set to 64MB (for now).

Milkfloat

I have the 2820 version and it works fine for 1080p Plex to a single user … I have the 2820 version and it works fine for 1080p Plex to a single user - currently to 2 users I usually have success, but occasionally have issues. For me it is rare that I have concurrent users so it is a non issue. I only have video set to 64MB (for now).



How do you think this compares to say building your own?

Why so many people installing Windows just for use a streaming media box? OpenElec is a lot less power hungry if your only going to use XBMC or Plex
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