Intel NUC NUC6CAYH J3455 Barebone - £119.99 @ Novatech
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Intel NUC NUC6CAYH J3455 Barebone - £119.99 @ Novatech

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Edited by:"reddit"Found 13th Oct
Just upgraded my old Beebox N3150 with one of these and was well worth the expense.

Add RAM, storage and OS.

Intel Celeron J3455
HD Graphics 500
HDMI 2.0 (4k@60hz and HD audio passthrough in Windows and Linux)
2 x RAM slots (Max 8Gb DDR3L-1600/1866, 1.35 V, dual-channel. No need for 2 sticks for smooth 4k playback)
2.5″ SATA slot (up to 9.5mm)
Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)
802.11ac m.2 2230-size WiFi card preinstalled
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 3.0 x 4 (One for charging even when the NUC is switched off)
USB 2.0 x 2 headers (Internal)
VGA
Toslink 3.5mm
Headphone jack 3.5mm
HDMI CEC (Finally a low cost Intel NUC with CEC and header also supports Pulse 8 if required)
Infrared receiver
VESA Mount
AC adapter with 5 region plugs.

The MegaChips LSPCon also supports HDR too, so should give Intel an option for a software update for the HDMI 2 ports to support it.

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Original Poster

Also a good review with updates here

nucblog.net/201…ew/

"Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)"

Killed any interest from me right there.

Original Poster

runnybabbit18 m ago

"Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)"Killed any interest from me right there.


Why?

Works as well as I could expect.

runnybabbit19 m ago

"Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)"Killed any interest from me right there.


Why?

Felipe.Lopes6 m ago

Cold for me: …Cold for me: https://www.ebuyer.com/767221-intel-nuc-tall-arches-canyon-nuc6cayh-celeron-j3455-barebone-boxnuc6cayh



Eh?

Can this be left running 24/7? I need to run cctv software on an always on device.

Looks decent, I've got the 2820 version, that works as a media centre and BT Sport App TV great!

Intel already said on official forum that will not support hdr so it`s cold for me.

radium33 m ago

Can this be left running 24/7? I need to run cctv software on an always on …Can this be left running 24/7? I need to run cctv software on an always on device.


I have a NUC celeron 3700 from a generation or two back. It's been running 24/7 for coming up two years, no probs. If the new ones are like mine, it's solid.

Ruffuz1 h, 12 m ago

Eh?


2 pounds cheaper than the normal?

These have h/w support for x265 decoding?

I am curious - these are presumably designed as a HTPC? Why would you go for this over something like the nvidia Shield - which is designed for a TV screen and comes with gaming controller.

I guess if you use it as a tiny server or just a desktop then that explains those usage scenarios, but for those buying it as a HTPC I don't understand why you wouldn't go for the Shield/Android TV box.

sh206 m ago

I am curious - these are presumably designed as a HTPC? Why would you go …I am curious - these are presumably designed as a HTPC? Why would you go for this over something like the nvidia Shield - which is designed for a TV screen and comes with gaming controller.I guess if you use it as a tiny server or just a desktop then that explains those usage scenarios, but for those buying it as a HTPC I don't understand why you wouldn't go for the Shield/Android TV box.


Meh, you can use it for anything. Desktop, web server, HTPC, whatever. Don't think it's aimed at the HTPC market.

I'll be going for the i5 model over a Shield TV for example. I'll be hooking it up to my NAS, running Plex on it, then hooking a HDMI up to my TV downstairs. Why buy a Shield TV? It's way too limited in its application, same with Android TV. Much better to have the flexibility these NUCs provide as you can then use it for other applications that need to run 24/7.

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pannan43 m ago

These have h/w support for x265 decoding?


Yes, both 8 and 10 bit.

delboyd35 m ago

Meh, you can use it for anything. Desktop, web server, HTPC, whatever. …Meh, you can use it for anything. Desktop, web server, HTPC, whatever. Don't think it's aimed at the HTPC market.I'll be going for the i5 model over a Shield TV for example. I'll be hooking it up to my NAS, running Plex on it, then hooking a HDMI up to my TV downstairs. Why buy a Shield TV? It's way too limited in its application, same with Android TV. Much better to have the flexibility these NUCs provide as you can then use it for other applications that need to run 24/7.


Fair enough, it looks as though my pro is your con... I use a Shield because using a computer in the living room is awkward - I did it for ~8 years and eventually gave up. People (users) inherently want to install or use programs/internet browsers that simply don't work and are not made for a 10 foot interface. I found by switching out the PC in the living room for a shield - everything just worked, people knew it wasn't a PC so didn't try and do things that they try and do on a computer. It has everything integrated and as both HW/SW are made by the same company, nothing goes wrong with it/I don't need to troubleshoot it. Also it's completely silent which is a must for media consumption. My server is elsewhere in the house - chugging away serving files doing whatever I need it to do. The fact that the Shield is limited (not in terms of raw CPU/GPU power, it'll blow the socks off this NUC) is why I like it. And because it's so powerful it never skips a beat decoding 4K, and plays some great games (although there could be more offerings in the gaming market). Lastly, if I want to play PC games on it, I can game stream from my PC. it's also much cheaper when you add in storage, OS, RAM
Edited by: "sh20" 13th Oct

THIS LOOKS OK BUT DDR3L sodimm's are fairly expensive single 8gb stick seems to about £45+ (AFAICS)
add storage , gotta be an SSD surely, £80, os , either a £10 or more, all starts to add up..
h265 decoding built in . Flexibility is what counts
cant see that this would be much o an upgrade over a n3150, if it was a TR perhaps?
use similar with a kr400 keyboard
Edited by: "GwanGy" 13th Oct

sh201 h, 8 m ago

I am curious - these are presumably designed as a HTPC? Why would you go …I am curious - these are presumably designed as a HTPC? Why would you go for this over something like the nvidia Shield - which is designed for a TV screen and comes with gaming controller.I guess if you use it as a tiny server or just a desktop then that explains those usage scenarios, but for those buying it as a HTPC I don't understand why you wouldn't go for the Shield/Android TV box.

Full windows PC, upgradeable, support for multiple external hdd and has IR.

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sh2046 m ago

Fair enough, it looks as though my pro is your con... I use a Shield …Fair enough, it looks as though my pro is your con... I use a Shield because using a computer in the living room is awkward - I did it for ~8 years and eventually gave up. People (users) inherently want to install or use programs/internet browsers that simply don't work and are not made for a 10 foot interface. I found by switching out the PC in the living room for a shield - everything just worked, people knew it wasn't a PC so didn't try and do things that they try and do on a computer. It has everything integrated and as both HW/SW are made by the same company, nothing goes wrong with it/I don't need to troubleshoot it. Also it's completely silent which is a must for media consumption. My server is elsewhere in the house - chugging away serving files doing whatever I need it to do. The fact that the Shield is limited (not in terms of raw CPU/GPU power, it'll blow the socks off this NUC) is why I like it. And because it's so powerful it never skips a beat decoding 4K, and plays some great games (although there could be more offerings in the gaming market). Lastly, if I want to play PC games on it, I can game stream from my PC. it's also much cheaper when you add in storage, OS, RAM


In terms of raw power, this NUC actually blows the socks off the shield.

The NUC has the advantage of multi use, so can be a Media player/centre playing 4K flawlessly, a Windows PC, a Linux PC and more.

The shield is great for what it does, there is no question about that but it's in a different category.

And for most tasks, including all media playback, the NUC is about as silent as could be because it doesn't require much CPU/GPU usage to generate enough heat for the fan to cut in.

radium4 h, 25 m ago

Can this be left running 24/7? I need to run cctv software on an always on …Can this be left running 24/7? I need to run cctv software on an always on device.

For cctv I would go Synology all the time. Reliable and simple with two free licenses.

reddit46 m ago

In terms of raw power, this NUC actually blows the socks off the …In terms of raw power, this NUC actually blows the socks off the shield.The NUC has the advantage of multi use, so can be a Media player/centre playing 4K flawlessly, a Windows PC, a Linux PC and more.The shield is great for what it does, there is no question about that but it's in a different category.And for most tasks, including all media playback, the NUC is about as silent as could be because it doesn't require much CPU/GPU usage to generate enough heat for the fan to cut in.


Yes, absolutely - that's why my question was completely geared towards HTPC use.

As I understand it, the X1 is roughly 4-5x more powerful when it comes to GPU performance; whilst on a smaller die. So whilst you may be correct in terms of CPU - the Shield utilises the GPU for all of that stuff - which makes sense as it's on a TV and is playing games/watching video using HW decoding.

From reading through the hardware reviews on this, I believe that this does not support HDR and that Intel have no plans to add this to this model.

GwanGy3 h, 32 m ago

THIS LOOKS OK BUT DDR3L sodimm's are fairly expensive single 8gb stick …THIS LOOKS OK BUT DDR3L sodimm's are fairly expensive single 8gb stick seems to about £45+ (AFAICS)add storage , gotta be an SSD surely, £80, os , either a £10 or more, all starts to add up..h265 decoding built in . Flexibility is what countscant see that this would be much o an upgrade over a n3150, if it was a TR perhaps?use similar with a kr400 keyboard


As opposed to DDR4 desktop memory which is more expensive! This is a steal for those that don't want a Shield but want a Windows enviroment. Own a FireTV myself but seriously tempted by one of these as a replacement

i Woz hoping that someone would come up with a goodly priced 8gb module .. Ive been looking and its not cheap ??

eg equiv in ddr4 sodimm looks about 2/3rds the price
Edited by: "GwanGy" 13th Oct

I have just finished assembly of nuc7i3bnh which I bought from laptopdirect for my kids a great pc silent laptopsdirect.co.uk/int…BwE

I have an i3 version of the NUC. Probably the best computer product I've ever bought. Totally silent (after you slightly reduce the fan duty cycle in the bios), runs cool & uses very little power.The IR receiver on the front is great for home cinema use. I leave mine running 24/7 as it acts as a simple DNLA media server/ NAS too.

nucblog.net is a good little website for reviews & help with all things NUC.
Edited by: "captainbeaky" 13th Oct

I have run one of these for the last 2 years. Its on 24/7 and serves as my main media pc running my TV through Mediaportal, pipes 4k movies to my TV through HDMI, its a media server to other devices in the house through my network and runs my personal cloud connected to an external Raid enclosure. IT JUST WORKS and has super low power consumption. Also has loads of wireless mice, keyboard and bluetooth headphones hooked up. Runs windows 10 quickly.
Edited by: "smala01" 13th Oct

Now raised to £121.31, although Novatech still cheapest of the bunch

EDIT: Actually scratch that. New best price £116.94
Edited by: "Deal.Vulture" 22nd Oct
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