NUC+Kingston Memory: A Mini Game Host That Doesn’t Take Up Room

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NUC+Kingston Memory: A Mini Game Host That Doesn’t Take Up Room


Mini host is not a new concept,as HTPC became previous among enthusiasts and some IPC fields. Its features, such as its small size, high performance, low power consumption and tiny sound, attract a number of users to buy HTPC as their second standby host for use. The introduction of NUC concept by Intel highlights HTPC again. NUC, with strong performance and small size, coincide with the current trend of making a concise desktop.

  NUC + Kingston Memory   A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  In the traditional concept, NUC can only be used as an office. However, with the diversification of Intel’s NUC product portfolio, the progress of SSD, built-in process and the trend of being affordable of single GB price, NUC has become the first choice of many light game enthusiasts. In June, Intel and Kingston co-sponsored the Tencent Joy "Flash Cup" DNF competition and showcase the advantages of its memory and NVMe SSD in game performance through the stirring and popular DNF competition.

  NUC + Kingston Memory   A mini game host that doesn’t take up room
  NUC, as a quasi-system, is more simple than traditional PCS. The user does not need to consider the choice of the motherboard and CPU. After the purchase, the user disassembles the machine, installs the memory and solid-state disk, and the system can be used after the installation immediately. The semi-customization of the quasi-system also makes NUC more playable.

  NUC + Kingston Memory   A mini game host that doesn’t take up room
  NUC8 series, with a maximum memory amount of 64GB DDR4-2400,support Intel 8th generation CPU and provide a PCIe 4X3 M.2 interface and a 2.5-inch SATA interface. Due to the low threshold and flexibility of the quasi-system PC, users can choose memory and SSD products in view of their own budget. NUC8 must be with a two-channel memory if you want to give full play to the performance of Intel Lris Plus kernel display. So we chose the Hacker Module 8GX2 2400MHz memory set in the HyperX Impact DDR4 series and Kingston A2000 M.2 NVMe solid state drive.

  The reason for selecting HyperX memory and Kingston SSD is also simple. Kingston is a recommended brand on the official website of Intel NUC. After purchasing NUC and Kingston memory and SSD, there is no need to worry about incompatibility, which facilitates users and means that what users need is just install it.

  NUC + Kingston Memory   A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  As for memory, we choose SODIMM HyperX Impact DDR4 memory set which has a main frequency of 2400MHz and CAS delay of 14-14-14-35. It is compatible with AMD Ryzen and Intel XMP, has a maximum capacity of 64GB and can overclock to 3200HMz automatically. It also supports the latest CPU technology of AMD and Intel, and the low voltage of 1.2V is very suitable for mini computer system.

  NUC + Kingston Memory   A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  A2000 NVMe PCIe solid-state drive is Kingston's flagship for providing cost-effective storage. Its all-flash structure offers faster loading, lower power consumption and lower heat, making it ideal for use in highly integrated mini-computer systems. Its continuous reading and writing speed is above 2000MB/s, and its random 4K reading and writing speed is over 220000IOPS, which meets the needs of loading large applications and games.

  NUC + Kingston Memory   A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  The A2000 is regarded as a Kingston mainstream NVMe PCIe SSD, with a total write life of 1TB version of 600TBW and a 5-year warranty. The A2000 comes with TT efficient radiator fin to ensure providing sufficient cooling when SSD continuously operates.

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  It is also easy to install the HyperX Impact DDR4 memory and Kingston A2000 SSD into NUC8. You just need to remove the 4 screws at the bottom of NUC, and you will see the internal motherboard with the SO-DIMM interface and the M.2 interface. If you bought a standard NUC8 mini host, you will find a 2.5-inch SATA slot on the top, which means you can install a 2.5-inch SATA III SSD on this NUC in addition to an M.2 SSD.

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  After installing the memory and SSD, put back the back cover. And  after installation of the network cable, power supply and other interfaces, you can boot up your NUC. After startup, users can choose to install the system in a variety of ways. It is recommended to use Microsoft installation tools to install the operating system. Here is the website link://www.microsoft.com/zh-cn/software-download/windows10

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  In the frequency of DDR4 2400, the speed of memory reading, writing and copying are respectively 32847MB/s, 34666MB/s and 28407MB/s, and the delay time is 74.7ns, which meet the needs of daily work and light entertainment.
  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  For the SiSoftware Sandra test, the memory bandwidth will be first tested. In the condition of two channel memory, the memory bandwidth of HyperX Impact DDR4 laptop was 25.38GB/s. As for the memory delay test, the HyperX Impact DDR4 notebook memory sequence is 32ns delay time. The HyperX Impact DDR4 Hacker Bar 8Gx2 2400 memory set is capable of supporting some memory-intensive games.

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

 Kingston A2000 SSD is a self-encrypting hard drive that supports a complete security suite and provides users with powerful data security. The radiators that come with the product are also elaborate. Let's take a look at their actual test data of performance on the NUC.

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  In the SSD test, the SSD achieved a read speed of 1814MB/s and a write speed of 1808M/s. Crystal Crystal Disk Mark test data is closer to the official nominal data, as the reading speed reaches 2277M/s and the writing speed reaches 2105M/s. In the ATTO Disk Benchmark, Kingston A2000 SSD reads and writes at 2090 MB/s and 1970MB/s respectively.

  In the actual game testing , we selected two games, DNF and Minecraft. Sandbox games like Minecraft were chosen because they require less graphics and more memory for their implementation of algorithms.

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  The FPS frame number of DNF is basically kept above 100 throughout the whole test. DNF is only a 2D scrolling horizontal combat pass online game, but its rich copy and growth system attracted many players. The fluency of the game determines the experience of game. The combination of A2000 based on the NVMe protocol and the HyperX Impact DDR4 SODIMM 8Gx2 2400 memory set keeps the memory occupancy rate at about 39%, which can guarantee the users to get the best game experience.

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  Minecraft is a sandbox game whose core is the random map algorithm. Therefore, it does not take up much resources on the graphics card, and it is more about retrieving data from the hard disk and carrying out real-time map algorithm with large capacity of memory. The NUC we tested only used an 8Gx2 set, its entire 60 FPS frame number ensures smooth switching and playing in different maps. The memory occupancy rate is only 3%, and the memory occupancy rate of complex terrain is only 15%. NUC can also support up to 64GB of ram, which means that there's a more sufficient computing space for such sandbox games.

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  NUC + Kingston Memory  A mini game host that doesn’t take up room

  With the progress of processor technology, storage, interface card, and mini case can also be as potent as traditional desktop computer in providing office workspace and supporting some simple games. And even there are some designated mini host that can match with triple-A games. The small size does not take up much space, but allows for the same gaming experience and office productivity as a traditional PC. You can even take your NUC between the office and home every day.