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#145338 15-May-2014 12:14
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I have a client who want to deploy a fairly grunty workstation, not including peripherals to some remote sites worldwide. And I mean remote, New Guinea and such places. They are an oil/oil exploration company, so the builds have to be fairly rugged. They apparently don't want laptops, and being an oil company, have tons of cash. They want fairly beefy devices, but small. I have thought about the latest Intel NUC D54250WYK, which is a core i5 and seems pretty decent although I am a bit iffy about the graphics oomph with these SoC's. Anybody had any experience with this? They won't be gaming or cadding or video transcoding, but may be using mapping software/GIS, etc. They want 128 GB ssd's and 8 gigs of RAM. OS has to be Windows. Any suggestions or input?


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  #1045523 15-May-2014 13:07
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Jenlogix might be able to help or point you in the right direction.

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  #1045525 15-May-2014 13:10
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Personally i think that any of the Intel NUC's with an i5+ for a CPU are fine. Have you thought about Gigabyte Brix? i don't know too much about them, but they seem good from what i have read too! :)


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  #1045532 15-May-2014 13:16
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Why don't they want laptops?
Surely something like the Panasonic toughpad or toughbook are going to beat out any non integrated solution?
The Windows 8 one should be a go surely.

Otherwise they also do MIL-SPEC laptops. 

You could probably get a decent small gaming case which is designed for transport and build it up from there, but the problem is screens are going to be fragile to transport.

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  #1045569 15-May-2014 14:29
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  #1045619 15-May-2014 15:43
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The Intel NUC's are great little machines.  How much graphics power do they need?  What are they running?

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  #1045944 15-May-2014 23:38
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cash to burn, rugged requirement, i'd definitely be looking at the Panasonic or Motion options above.

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  #1050882 22-May-2014 10:07
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Gotta say, pretty impressed with the NUC. Just got one of the I5 D5450WYK ones at work. Seems pretty solid and takes a full sized SSD and up to 16GB RAM. Seems fast enough. Built nicely too and feels like it could survive in a backpack. Just need to get Micro HDMI or Mini DP adaptors with it. Still depending on requirements, it may be better to get something with a shock protected mobo and designed to take a pounding and keep on trucking rather than something that just feels solid but may not live with truly rough conditions.

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