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  3. Daniel
    April 4, 2020 @ 10:15 pm

    Yeah, no way any of these compare to actual gaming rigs so take that advertisement off. Sure the numbers might seems comparable at first but the details don’t match up. First the RAM. These NUCs have 4,6,8, even 16 GB of RAM which definitely does seen competitive. However, the fastest I saw was 1600 Mhz RAM and its DDR3L! Also, the processors, oh my god the processors. The best one on here had 3.1/3.4 Ghz clock speeds but most of them hand around the 1.6-2.8 Ghz range and none of them are larger than dual core. Also the graphics! The only ones with dedicated graphics are the Asus NUCS with decent Nvidia cards although some of the integrated graphics here are also decent. The only thing I can really appreciate is the port as they have a variety and multiple of them. I can respect the statements that they can replace your desktop for regular web browsing and streaming because of their small form factor, the fact their quiet, and they can remain cool. However, the statement that these NUCs can replace your PC for gaming is false. These NUCs are on Chromebook level, and little bit higher for the $500-$600 ones, meaning that the best they can do is run some games on coolmathgames. Anything more and the CPU will start lagging behind, along with the RAM and graphics. And then their main appeal of being quiet and cool and have no use anymore as their lack of fans raise the CPU temperatures to heights it shouldn’t reach.

    Overall: Only get a NUC if you’re looking to get rid of your outdated and/or lacking PC and it better be for light workloads like web browsing, streaming, and maybe a power point. Don’t get if you just want a cheaper Gaming PC alternative especially when you can build a great mini ATX or mini ITX gaming PC yourself for the around the $400-$700 range depending on specs. (I myself have a mini ATX with an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 Ghz CPU, 8 GB of 2400 Mhz DDR4 RAM, 500 GB SSD, 250 GB M.2 SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. Although I did splurge a bit as I spent just over $700 on it)


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