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NUC 8 i3 or i5 as desktop.

FOstk
Novice
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Hello, everyone,

 

I hope I'm in the right place.

 

I want to swap my old desktop PC for a NUC 8 and I'm not sure which one to take.

 

The PC is mainly used for surfing, office tasks, music and video streaming. But for this I have to unpack large files from work regularly, which should be done relatively fast.

 

I should use 16 GB Ram, a Samsung NVME and a Samsung SSD.

 

I'm hesitating between the i3 and the i5. Should I rather use the i5 for the archives or can the i3 do it easily.

 

Greetings

Frank

 

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AlHill
Super User
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Wow, there are a number of NUC8's available. Some, will not give you the memory want, like the NUC8i5INH, so be careful when selecting.

 

I personally setup a NUC8i7BEH for a friend, which has worked out quite well.

 

I am partial to the NUC8i7HNK, but that is a good bit above what you are looking for,

 

If I were you, I would try the NUC8i5BEH. However, you should look at each for memory, SSD, nvme, the 2.5" capability in the hiigh/tall models, etc.

 

This link may help you decide:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005545/intel-nuc.html

 

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FOstk
Novice
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I hesitate between NUC8I3BEH and NUC8i5BEH.

 

Should be as quiet as possible in daily operation, of course.

AlHill
Super User
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The NUC8i5BEH would be a good choice.

 

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FOstk
Novice
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Is the i3 too slow with only 2 cores?

 

What about the noise on the i5?

AlHill
Super User
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You can compare both NUCs here:

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/compare.html?productIds=126150,126148

 

And, you can compare both processors here:

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/compare.html?productIds=135935,135936

 

On the NUC8i7BEH that I did for a friend's desktop replacement, I heard no noise. Mind you now, I have a hearing problem, but I did have my hearing aids on. My friend said she heard nothing from the NUC.

 

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AlHill
Super User
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By the way, the NUC8i7BEH won the Best Compact Desktop of the year award:

https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-best-tech-products-of-2019#57

 

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FOstk
Novice
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Thank you very much, I will buy the i5 ;)

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