ROCK runs on a lot of hardware on top of NUCs we recommend. We call those non-recommended ROCK setups "MOCK"s. I forget who came up with that name but it was one of the people on this forum and it stuck because it is clever.
If you can make a MOCK that works, great. But we can not support it. For example, let’s say your MOCK uses an ethernet driver we added but don’t use. Later, if we remove or break that ethernet driver, as long as it is not in our supported hardware list, we are not under any obligation to fix it.
Additionally, if your MOCK is having issues that are clearly related to the OS and/or hardware, we can not offer support for it.
Right now, the new NUCs are MOCKs. Once I get some in-home and add support, they will become sanctioned ROCK installs. I like the idea of the NUC7i7DN* a lot… I just need them to have some more availability.
Thanks for the replies Danny. I was wondering if the heat management for ROCK is controlled at the OS level or in the bios?
I am glad to hear that the NUC7i7DN* NUCS plan to be supported in the future. Audiophiles are, by nature, probably more likely to be tinkerers than most. The big gain of the new hardware appears to be a jump from dual core to quad core in the i7 nucs, but also a simultaneous drop in power requirements from 28W to 15W tdp, which means lower operating costs, less heat, and greater support of outboard power supplies and fan-less chassis.
I just ordered a fanless 7i7BNF system from simplynuc.com, so I guess I will be giving it a shot to displace my old HTPC built in a full size Home Theatre case. If I can’t get ROCK to work, I can always try linux or windoze. Although I ordered with 256Mb and 8Gb of Ram, I may add a larger SSD drive to house my music collection…but I’ll probably just start with it on the existing music storage drive out my HTPC in an external case.
I have tested the NUC7i7DNH and it seems to work, but my testing was not exhaustive yet. I haven’t done good testing to see if both HDMI ports work well for multichannel audio, but it works for the basics.
i built up a Dawsoncanyon NUC7i7DNH yesterday for ROCK.
had no problems while installing, it works fine now, and reacts very quick.
the fan mode in bios is set to “quiet”, i hear the fan a bit beside the NUC (while roon is still analysing files in the background now with all 4 cores).
Cause i am sitting not direct beside the NUC that is not a problem for me and my NUC is not in the living room.