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USB-C 10Gbps

We did not test the port, but some of the NUC 8 models state they have alt DP mode for the USB-C data/audio/charge from the port.

Because it has so many ports, we don’t see the need to add a USB-C dongle to gain extra HDMI or  USB-A ports.

Note there are Thunberbolt 3 models as well.

GadgetGuy’s take – a NUC for most uses is all you need

Apart from the review units non-expandable 8GB memory (it does have 2GB of dedicated GDDR video ram), it is a NUC format that I am familiar with. The Intel Core 8th generation is not so much faster but uses less energy and creates less heat.

If you want a NUC (and why not) investigate the options. It comes as a half-height (M.2 only) and full-height (M.2 and 2.5-inch HDD/SSD) as well as a gaming format with it all. Barebones mean all it lacks is an OS, and M.2 or SSD. Some have 2 x SO-DIM RAM slots as well.


As you can get Windows 10 Pro legally online for under $30, 2x8GB SO-DIM for about $120, and a Samsung EVO 970 or WD Black 1-or-2TB for about $300/650 that makes it a very attractive package. If you do not need blazing disk speed there are far lower cost options from Crucial, Seagate and others in M.2 and 2.5-inch PCI NVMe and SATA 600.

BTW you can get the barebones i5 NUC8I5BEH and i7 NUC8i7BEH with 2 x SO DIM slots and Thunderbolt 3 for around $600/$750. Check options here.

And we would be remiss not to let you know that ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo all have small format mini-PCs.

So, our rating is not for the review NUC but for the concept.


Another Intel NUC - NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC (NUC8i5INH)
Name: NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC (NUC8i5INH) Price (RRP): $approx $800 Manufacturer: Intel
All in one small form factor has so many usesFlexible - full kit or barebones
Review unit had solkdered RAM - other models have 2 x SO-DIM
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4.6Overall Score
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