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.
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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:
You can compare both NUCs here:
And, you can compare both processors here:
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.