Next week I will get a new Nuc11 pro with preinstalled win10. I want to upgrade RAM to dual channel mode (2x8gb modules) and also to add 512gb NVMe SSD.
Regarding upgrade I have questions:
- is it better to install new memory modules (2x8gb) and additional ssd before initial startup?
- is it somehow possible, or is it neccessary, to get win10 installation on faster NVMe ssd?
As I assume, preinstalled are single Kingston KVR32S22DR8/16 so-dimm and a Transcend TS512GMTS430S ssd. Right?
Thank you and kind regards.
I believe performance is better with two sticks of memory versus one. I also used an NVMe Gen4 for storage.
My Components on an 11TNKi7
- Kingston ValueRAM KVR32S22S6/8-8GB 3200MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL22 SODIMM 1Rx16
- SAMSUNG 980 PRO 250GB PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 (MZ-V8P250B)
You definitely want to have two (matched) SODIMMs in order to take advantage of the improved performance from dual-channel modes.
The M.2 socket is supported using PCIe Gen4 lanes, so a NVMe SSD drive with PCIe Gen4 support will maximize disk throughput.
Please do not purchase a M.2 SATA SSD; that's simply a waste of a good M.2 socket.
Thank you guys....
One thing what I do not understand is why Intel (and online shops, too) is advertising that 2x8gb ram (dual channel mode) and m2 NVMe SSD are preinstalled, but reviewers are saying that one 16gb ram module (single channel mode) and m2 SATA SSD are preinstalled?
That is really confusing.
Regarding memory, I have seen that some retailers will market, for example, a16GB memory module that is actually comprised of two 8GB memory modules. Yes, the whole SATA, vs NVMe (then throw in PCIe Gen 3 vs PCIe Gen4) issue can be a bit confusing since the NUC's M.2 slot(s) can accommodate a variety of storage devices.
There are some good NUC related videos on YouTube (Robtech has some good NUC videos). I watched one video that emphasized the performance benefit of two memory sticks versus one AND also demonstrated that so-called "fancy" performance RAM (in excess of 3200MHz) does not yield a significant performance increase for the significant increased price (for most situations).
That is why I prefer to purchase a bare bones NUC and install my own RAM and storage so I can ensure I am maximizing performance for my needs.
I agree with you guys.
During this week or maybe next week, I will get my new NUC and then I will inform you about specs.
I am also owner of NUC7i7 and I like it, so I hope the same will be with 11th gen too.
Thank you guys... and as soon as I get it I will write to you.