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Only two components needed to be mounted:
Windows 7 Ultimate was installed from a USB 3.0 key in well under half an hour.
No photos of the other side of the board are shown because the cooling system
is exactly the same as in the previous NUC sample. (See
this page for details.) It uses a notebook style blower fan and heatsink
with an airflow shroud.
Software and Measurement/Analysis Tools:
If available, the latest BIOS is installed prior to testing.
Our NUC was updated to BIOS WY0022.BIO dated 11/21/2013.
Certain Windows 7 services/features like Indexing, Superfetch,
System Restore, and Windows Defender are disabled to prevent them from causing
spikes in CPU/HDD usage. We also make note if energy saving features like
Cool'n'Quiet/SpeedStep or S3 suspend-to-RAM do not function properly.
Our tests determine the overall AC power consumption, noise
level, and heat output of the product at various states. To stress the CPU,
we use either Prime95 (large FFTs setting) or CPUBurn depending on which
produces higher system power consumption. To stress the GPU, we use FurMark,
an OpenGL benchmarking and stability testing utility. Video encoding and
HD video playback isalso tested for usability, power, noise and thermal
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