Finally, a decent passive NUC case (from HDPLEX)


I just hounded HDPlex again.

This is what came back:

"I have developed a NUC kit for the next batch of H1 V3.

Here are some pictures.

The NUC kit is installed inside my H1 V3 case.

NUC kit supports the same six heatpipe heatsink system which is designed for Intel 65W TDP CPU. Therefore there should be a wide thermal margin for NUC which usually does not exceed 35W TDP.

Please note, the NUC board is installed upside down with CPU side facing top. The copper base in the NUC kit supports three point installation pattern for NUC 7th, it i also supports four point installation pattern first appear on the NUC 8th gen.

A NUC I/O shield is installed on the H1 Thin ITX backplate. Every new generation of NUC might require a new NUC I/O shield.

The NUC kit will include two I/O shield. See attached picture. One for I/O with TB3 and one HDMI, the other for two HDMI type.

There are also two USB 2.0 port on the I/O shield since NUC has two onboard USB 2.0 port. There are also two USB 3.0 side port on the H1 side plate. Those two USB 3.0 side port will be connected to NUC front USB 3.0 port.

Since H1 supports internal 80W ACDC, there is a 5.5/2.5 port on the I/O shield plate beside the NUC onboard DC input jack to support internal AC adapter for NUC board. This way, no external AC adapter is needed if customer choose to use HDPLEX 80W ACDC or 200W ACDC for their NUC.

The PCIE slot can support one PCIE1 or PCIE4 expansion card by using M.2-PCIE adapter. In this case, customer need to use SATA port for SSD since M.2 is occupied.

The new H1 V3 and NUC kit is in tooling phase. It might take a while for them to be released.

NUC kit does not work on current H1 V2."

(Mr Fix It ) #2

This is great news…Larry is a great designer. I will put money down on his products for build quality and support too. My NUC is already using his 200W LPS


I’m the happy owner of one of his bigger cases. The finish is good, and it does what it says on the box, which is great.

The tradeoff here is that it’s bigger than it could be, but that won’t necessarily be bad for the higher end of the spectrum: there’s space for both a built-in PSU and a larger drive (it’ll easily fit a 4TB 2,5" as is), possibly up to a 3,5" - 12TB if there’s a way to power it. It also means it’ll be easier to build in for those of us with butterfingers and/or diminishing eyesight (though HDPlex boxes are probably better off being treated as “nerdy neighbourhood kid” territory if you haven’t built a PC before).

According to Larry, and this matters for ROCK usage, one of the backplates it’ll ship with fits the NUC7 boards.

(Paul Whittaker) #4

I have been in contact with him myself and was going to create this very post. I was surprised to know he is aware of the Roon community so I guess hes popular on here.

(Mr Fix It ) #5

he has done roon custom logos on the big old component width chassis before but I dont think that are still available

(Paul Whittaker) #6

Would love a custom logo


There’s a multiple-box MOCK build report on his forum, so…

Well, the Salk Streamplayer looks like it’s using an H5 with a custom faceplate, so if Team Roon are cool with it, and there’s several of us…

(Mr Fix It ) #8

Larry had the Roon logo artwork last time I checked but not sure if the H5 is still available.

(Raymond Ho) #9

very interesting indeed, does anyone know which NUC generation this is for, and when is this coming out?


At least Nuc7 and Nuc8, so it’ll officially be ROCK (rather than MOCK) compatible. You need to double, triple and quadruple check, but Nuc6 might fit if you’re willing to dremel, custom make a backplate, or loose DisplayPort, Nuc5 if you’re willing to loose HDMI.