Intel NUC - HTPC (Haswell Late 2013 edition)

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(Yesterday 19:09)elim Wrote:  can anyone tell me if the i3 nuc is quiet?

i will be sitting around 2m from it and it will be under my tv

will be used for flash streams, xbmc, and web browsing thanks

Quiet is relative but from my perspective if all it's doing is running XBMC under OE and doing hardware decode of video it is virtually silent.

By comparison the "quiet" mini ITX I had prior was quite loud compared to this.
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(Yesterday 19:35)voip-ninja Wrote:  
(Yesterday 19:09)elim Wrote:  can anyone tell me if the i3 nuc is quiet?

i will be sitting around 2m from it and it will be under my tv

will be used for flash streams, xbmc, and web browsing thanks

Quiet is relative but from my perspective if all it's doing is running XBMC under OE and doing hardware decode of video it is virtually silent.

By comparison the "quiet" mini ITX I had prior was quite loud compared to this.

well i will be 2m away from it so if its loud enough that i can clearly hear it then it could be a problem, i dont mind a gentle hum
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Id say it is quiet enough, quieter than any other small HTPC ive ever had... Only you can make the judgement for yourself though, you might have particularly sensitive ears or whatever. If it really came to it, you could get a fanless case for it if you weren't happy
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(Today 00:19)elim Wrote:  
(Yesterday 19:35)voip-ninja Wrote:  
(Yesterday 19:09)elim Wrote:  can anyone tell me if the i3 nuc is quiet?

i will be sitting around 2m from it and it will be under my tv

will be used for flash streams, xbmc, and web browsing thanks

Quiet is relative but from my perspective if all it's doing is running XBMC under OE and doing hardware decode of video it is virtually silent.

By comparison the "quiet" mini ITX I had prior was quite loud compared to this.

well i will be 2m away from it so if its loud enough that i can clearly hear it then it could be a problem, i dont mind a gentle hum

As I said, where I have it installed (about 3m away inside of an entertainment hutch) it is more or less completely silent... by comparison my previous PC was fairly quiet but I could definitely hear it when it was running.

As someone else points out, only you can truly be the judge. I would say that during media playback of any kind you are very unlikely to be able to hear it. If it's a meter away from your head when you are sleeping maybe it would bother you.

The good news is that if the noise becomes a problem you can buy a completely passive case/cooling-solution for it that should take care of things for you.
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(Today 00:36)voip-ninja Wrote:  
(Today 00:19)elim Wrote:  
(Yesterday 19:35)voip-ninja Wrote:  Quiet is relative but from my perspective if all it's doing is running XBMC under OE and doing hardware decode of video it is virtually silent.

By comparison the "quiet" mini ITX I had prior was quite loud compared to this.

well i will be 2m away from it so if its loud enough that i can clearly hear it then it could be a problem, i dont mind a gentle hum

As I said, where I have it installed (about 3m away inside of an entertainment hutch) it is more or less completely silent... by comparison my previous PC was fairly quiet but I could definitely hear it when it was running.

As someone else points out, only you can truly be the judge. I would say that during media playback of any kind you are very unlikely to be able to hear it. If it's a meter away from your head when you are sleeping maybe it would bother you.

The good news is that if the noise becomes a problem you can buy a completely passive case/cooling-solution for it that should take care of things for you.

thanks for your help

also found this from someone on the forums "tip to make the nuc quiet"

https://communities.intel.com/thread/53372
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(Today 00:40)elim Wrote:  
(Today 00:36)voip-ninja Wrote:  
(Today 00:19)elim Wrote:  well i will be 2m away from it so if its loud enough that i can clearly hear it then it could be a problem, i dont mind a gentle hum

As I said, where I have it installed (about 3m away inside of an entertainment hutch) it is more or less completely silent... by comparison my previous PC was fairly quiet but I could definitely hear it when it was running.

As someone else points out, only you can truly be the judge. I would say that during media playback of any kind you are very unlikely to be able to hear it. If it's a meter away from your head when you are sleeping maybe it would bother you.

The good news is that if the noise becomes a problem you can buy a completely passive case/cooling-solution for it that should take care of things for you.

thanks for your help

also found this from someone on the forums "tip to make the nuc quiet"

https://communities.intel.com/thread/53372

Well, I just did the "ear test" and while I can hear the NUC (very soft whirring noise) from 30-40cm away, the noise level doesn't change whatsoever by pressing on the top or putting an object on top.

Just my .02. I think the best thing is you hope for the best and worst case you buy a new enclosure for $100 or so.
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