Well, sometimes a fanless case is used in order to decrease electrical noise and reduce vibrations. Whether those can have impact on sound quality or not is another endless debate.
Good point, this is an important question! I think Rooon Team will deal with this issue, but it is better to see than hope. Good luck for the next couple of weeks to find a good NUC8 deal soon, or a confirmation about NUC10 compatibility.
Before you spend any money on the later Generations - see List Your NUC Capabilities Here for actual benchmark comparison of an NUC5i3 vs NUC8i7 involving upconverting, downsampling, Room EQ in mutli-zone playback - the NUC5i3 was able to match everything a NUC8i7 did as a Roon Server.
Also the higher clock speeds in the later Core Generations are irrelevant to a NUC, where the TDP is 15W or at most 24W, so can’t deal with the heat generated as a by-product of the higher clock speeds.
The focus in the later NUC generations has been for on-motherboard Wifi and Bluetooth, and improved GPU for 4k displays etc., which are irrelevant to a ROCK server.
Has Moore’s Law ran out for NUCs when used for an embedded OS (Lunix derived) single function processing device, just using ethernet connections, and core CPU processing?
Thanks for the link @simon_pepper (and for the work that went into it)… Not sure how I’d missed that thread in my searching!
I rarely use more than a couple of endpoints simultaneously & don’t use DSP for many of my endpoints, so it certainly seems as though I could go with a “less powerful” NUC. I was mostly looking for a little future-proofing against library size and trying to ensure snappy performance in connecting to the core & working in the UI.
so 6.5k Albums and 85k tracks, of which the majority are locally stored.
It is all snappy in terms of artist, album and track selection.
I just have a little initial delay on the NAS drives as I have set to sleep and spin down after 20 mins of inactivity.
There was a Search issue in 1.6 when ROCK had been up for over 19-20 days, but this seems to be cured in 1.7
However the search times and overall snappy-ness could also be a function of internet connectivity and latency for Tidal and Qobuz results. I am quite luckily with a cable based 500Mbps down/50Mbps up with just single digit ms latency and jitter. I have also an optimized home network both for WiFi and equipment taking data streams.
I would just go with the latest, most capable Roon approved NUC. When and if it ever proves to be inadequate, sell it and upgrade then. There will always be a new, unproven version available, but why mess with it?
Wow… Price-trend in the US looks really horrible. Just checked my neighbour country, Austria. Plenty offers are available form 500 EUR. I don’t understand neither the availability- nor the price difference.