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#133508 24-Oct-2013 13:13
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Hi all,
For a while we have been using Dell PCs to host our software. Now considering using the Intel NUC as a platform to give to potential clients with our medical software solution preloaded so they can try it out. Long term would expect them to provide a "real" server to use (physical or virtual) in the hospital environment. 

What I'm wondering is have people seen any issues with them being left on 24/7 like a server would be? Really dont want them to overheat if its there to demonstrate our software. Performance seems great and we've been trying to thrash our test unit but it deals really well with the tasks we can throw at it. 

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  #920982 24-Oct-2013 13:27
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I haven't had any issues, though the two I'm using are in relatively cool areas (though certainly not climate controlled server environments by any stretch, just a standard office environment with some aircon controlled by the rooms occupants). I probably wouldn't sit them on top of a water heater or anything, but in general I can't see a problem.

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  #920989 24-Oct-2013 13:35
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I've been looking at NUC's for a HTPC client. The only overheating posts I've seen anywhere relate to units with wifi modules.

With it's notebook like cooling, I imagine dust is your only long term enemy.

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  #920994 24-Oct-2013 13:44
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Mine has been running 24/7 for 6 months now.
No overheating issues etc.

I did take the cover off the other day and cleaned the dust from the vents.

It is possible to set different fan profiles in the BIOS, so if you were running a application that was using a % of CPU all the time, you could set the fan profile accordingly.

The little things make the biggest difference.


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Master Geek

  #921083 24-Oct-2013 16:23
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Thanks all. 

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  #922100 26-Oct-2013 15:59
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I love the sound they make when you open the box

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  #922111 26-Oct-2013 16:29
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My Intel Nuc is on 24/7 and has been for over 2 months now. It works perfect. It is also not in the coolest of environments as its in an enclosed tv cabinet with a DVD recorder, Roku, Bluray Player and a Synology nas.

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  #922141 26-Oct-2013 18:37
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They are good as gold to be left running. I have been using them to run Unifi controllers where there isn't a suitable server to do it.
Just been using the celeron model with 4GB RAM and a small 30GB SSD. Install Debian (without a desktop) as the OS and it is solid as rock. I pretty much install them and never have to go back on site. They are an excellnt little bit of kit.

..... best bit is pulling the little sound player out and hiding them places lol.

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