Roon Labs only support Intel NUCs from the 5th generation on. No guarantees for anything else, I’m afraid. And without an ethernet port to get started on configuring ROCK via the web page, you’re probably out of luck…
Well, I run ROCK on a DC3217IYE and it runs just fine. It is a i3-3217U Processor (3M Cache, 1.80 GHz), the Ivy Bridge family. It has 8GB of RAM and a mSATA SSD, which is a 240GB Crucial drive.
Now, I don’t run any DSP, it just indexes the Library and serves it to a couple of Endpoints.
The NUC sits on my ‘backend’ network on the same switch as the NAS units, and it rescans my 75k tracks in a few seconds.
So no need to replace it, just plug in the Ethernet and let ROCK install.
Actually the more interesting question is, how do you know if the NUC hardware is suitable or powerful to run ROCK & Roon Core effectively.
Is there any sort of Roon test, workload loading to verify the operation of the Roon Core?