I’d like to know if I can use NUC7i5DNKE with ROCK?
I read on the KB
“The models we support are:
So I assume this would include NUC7i5DNKE, (despite having 4 letters after NUC7i5XXXX).
However I cant see any reference to anyone ever having used this one. Would it work OK? Anything I should be aware of, apart from the fact that it doesn’t support an internal Internal 2.5 SATA which doesn’t concern me. Thanks. WA
You are right I just had a quick look before and did not notice these differences. the S7 case won’t work here but I think Akasa offers a compatible case for this. As for ROCK, the CPU and the rest is the same so it should work.
I have the NUC connected directly to my Orbi wi-fi router and use an OPPO UDP 205 for my main system playback. I do not use HDMI audio out, so I can’t speak to that.
It has incredibly fast and reliable response and streams TIDAL beautifully. It is also working extremely well through wi-fi with Windows PCs, iPad, and iPhones. Bluetooth through an iPhone is a great workaround for products like my Como Amico that does not yet have ROON ready capability.
I have the NUC set to Intel’s “quiet” fan settings, it’s placed about three feet from my desk, and I never hear the fan when using it in my office. I believe the newer generation i7 chip might contribute to why the fans don’t have to run as fast or frequently.
Hope this helps anyone thinking of purchasing a NUC7i7DNH.
For i7, get the newer NUC7i7DNHE.
For i5, get the older NUC7i5BNH.
It seems that Dawson Canyon NUC7i5DNHE is more expensive and has a marginally faster (but cheaper) CPU with a smaller cache. Unless I get the facts wrong, the older and cheaper NUC7i5BNH (with a more expensive CPU) is probably a better purchase.
i built up Rock on a NUC7i7DNH too, and can confirm Marks impressions completely.
The fan in quiet mode is very silent and i do not need a fanless case for the NUC
The quad CPU runs at just 1,9MHz and uses turbo boost if needed. So sitting beside the NUC with Rock running (and playing) it is not disturbing.
and roon reacts very fast
Just a quick update. I went ahead & bought the NUC7i5DNKE today as I was offered it for a bargain price NUC+8GB+120GB SSD. Installed and running fine as expected. Happy Chap! Bit early to report on performance. But it seems very snappy even though it is still analysing my library. Also I’m a first time user so still in the learning zone…
Great news that you’re planning to support NUC7iXDNX variants. I like it too.
It’s working great and also very quietly. With my current setup, I see no need for a fanless case and will probably keep it remote from my audio equipment in another room anyway, since I’m not connecting directly, just over the network. This removes possibility of fan noise, conducted electrical noise and RFI noise. But if others were to require a fanless case the Akasa Newton S7D fits the bill,