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Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC - DC3217BY) Review - Installing the RAM, Wi-Fi card and mSATA SSD

We take Intel's super-small, super-slim Next Unit of Computing (NUC) DC3217BY for a ride and see exactly what it has to offer.

By: | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 8:26 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Intel

Installing the RAM, Wi-Fi card and mSATA SSD

 

Before installing the RAM, SSD and Wi-Fi card, I took a look at the device in more detail, snapping a few photos as I went. I used this as a bit of a build guide, as we know that everyone loves photos!

 

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The NUC, open and about to go into PC building surgery.

 

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In order to install the Wi-Fi card, you'll need to remove a screw first. Then you slot in the Wi-Fi card, and the screw gets put into the hole on the top left of the Wi-Fi card, securing it into place, as shown above.

 

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Once you've done this, you'll need to connect the two antennas to the Wi-Fi card, as shown above.

Next up, you'll have to repeat the process with the larger screw - which will be removed, getting ready for the mSATA SSD installation.

 

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Once installed, it will look like the Intel SSD 520 Series does in our unit, above.

 

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Once it's all installed, the Wi-Fi card and mSATA SSD drive sit awfully close together - but they seem snug. If there are any overheating issues, we should find out soon enough. After I completed the build of the NUC, I've run over some initial impressions in the video below.

 

 

I was quite impressed in how quickly the NUC can be built, obviously there's only the RAM, mSATA SSD and Wi-Fi card, but it was still just so easy. A complete novice could do it, without looking at the provided instructions. I have to give Intel credit here - they've taken the hard part out of building a system.

 

On the bottom of the NUC, Intel has given the PC some ventilation which should help with any heat exhaustion issues.

 

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