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[Amazon.ca] Intel NUC (Celeron J3455) Barebone Kit (NUC6CAYH) - $164.99

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[Amazon.ca] Intel NUC (Celeron J3455) Barebone Kit (NUC6CAYH) - $164.99

I noticed this deal on Amazon last night. I believe Amazon is currently out of stock, as I was given an estimated delivery date of Tuesday, February 27 - Sunday, March 11. Keep in mind this is a barebone unit without memory, hard drive, or OS.

Instead of waiting on Amazon, I ended up getting Mike's Computer Shop to price match it down to $159.99 (beat by 10% of the difference), then used coupon code 5CONFIRM100 to knock another $5 off. I received the coupon code for signing up to their mailing list, but it appears to be a generic code. They also offer free shipping.

Product link:
https://www.mikescomputershop.com/product/8133852

Mailing list link:
https://www.mikescomputershop.com/signup

My order total with tax and environmental handling fee came out $167.36 shipped ($154.99 before taxes and fees). Taxes may vary by province.

Here's a breakdown of the specs:
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Mike's always denies my price beat requests so I gave up some time ago. They actually approved yours?
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According to the data sheet yes. Although some sheets say it only supports it over displayport the Intel data sheet specifies 4k @ 60 Hz.

I bought 3 of these to use for signage TVs. I like them. IR receiver built in, takes a 2.5" ssd, and supports hdmi cec (power on/off only). Be careful though since it only accepts very specific memory modules (look at their compatibility list), otherwise you'll get an error during post at every single boot. Crucial sticks from Amazon won't work.
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delldeals8 wrote: Mike's always denies my price beat requests so I gave up some time ago. They actually approved yours?
Same here

Always deny any price match
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kronos288 wrote: According to the data sheet yes. Although some sheets say it only supports it over displayport the Intel data sheet specifies 4k @ 60 Hz.

I bought 3 of these to use for signage TVs. I like them. IR receiver built in, takes a 2.5" ssd, and supports hdmi cec (power on/off only). Be careful though since it only accepts very specific memory modules (look at their compatibility list), otherwise you'll get an error during post at every single boot. Crucial sticks from Amazon won't work.
Probably DDR3L instead of DDR3.
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fudge_u wrote: Probably DDR3L instead of DDR3.
Yes but it's not enough. It spits out a memory density error if you have memory modules where the memory chips are not manufactured in a certain way. Never seen such an issue before - totally interrupts post. Otherwise the NUC is cool for powering up and down with the TV power.
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kronos288 wrote: Yes but it's not enough. It spits out a memory density error if you have memory modules where the memory chips are not manufactured in a certain way. Never seen such an issue before - totally interrupts post. Otherwise the NUC is cool for powering up and down with the TV power.
It might just need a BIOS update to fix the issue. Kind difficult to do if you don't have a working SODIMM though.
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fudge_u wrote: It might just need a BIOS update to fix the issue. Kind difficult to do if you don't have a working SODIMM though.
No unfortunately a bios update didn't do the trick. It's a known compatibility issue (designed purposefully) with the Intel NUCs. I ended up having to order 2 Kingston DDR3L dimms from Intels list to make the error go away.

I've never had a ram selection issue in my life that's similar until this particular NUC.
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Does this device work with a windows 7 install? Any driver issues?
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fudge_u wrote: It should work in Windows 7, but Windows 10 would probably work better and perform quicker.
How well does this NUC work with kodi on 4K/60 decoding ?
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fudge_u wrote: It should work in Windows 7, but Windows 10 would probably work better and perform quicker.
Only reason for Windows 7 is because I was hoping to use this as a replacement for my aging Win 7 HTPC I use for the Media Centre option. I currently use a Zotac mini PC with Celeron 3150 but I find that it's a bit sluggish sometimes navigating around the desktop. Would this one make any big differences?
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Good deal but if you're not in a hurry it's better to wait and see how much the new version will cost.
The new June Canyon NUC features Celeron and Pentium processors based on Intel’s Gemini Lake design, which means you should see about a 10 percent performance boost over previous-gen models with “Apollo Lake” chips and support for new features including native support for HDMI 2.0.
https://liliputing.com/2018/01/intel-ju ... -news.html
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If I mainly uses my computer for movies/tv shows on streaming websites, would this be sufficient? I have a ATX size computer but I am planning to move the tv into my bedroom and would prefer a smaller size. I considered getting an Itx board for my cpt (have a case from old build that got sold off) but this might work fine as well
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hkhorace wrote: If I mainly uses my computer for movies/tv shows on streaming websites, would this be sufficient? I have a ATX size computer but I am planning to move the tv into my bedroom and would prefer a smaller size. I considered getting an Itx board for my cpt (have a case from old build that got sold off) but this might work fine as well
Definitely adequate. The 3 I ordered also came with Vesa adapters you can use to mount to the back of certain TVs or monitors.
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I have a PC with the J3455, I would personally pass.

You don't have to spend much more to get something that isn't Atom based, like the Shuttle NC02U with a Skylake Celeron.
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kronos288 wrote: No unfortunately a bios update didn't do the trick. It's a known compatibility issue (designed purposefully) with the Intel NUCs. I ended up having to order 2 Kingston DDR3L dimms from Intels list to make the error go away.

I've never had a ram selection issue in my life that's similar until this particular NUC.
Was this the issue?
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en ... -kits.html
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The description on Amazon is conflicting. The product description says the basic barebones kit comes with 2GB ram and 32GB onboard storage and then upgradeable. Is this true? Does it come with those 2 things already?

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