I have long had a Boxee box as my main HTPC. It has never really been able to do everything I wanted and was never able to properly deal with my media library. I thus decided to get a Intel NUC to run OpenElec with XBMC on it, the parts I got were:
- Intel NUC D54250WYK - I5-4250U
- Intel 525 series 60GB SSD mSATA
- Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB PC12800/1600MHz CL9
The first thing I noticed after setting it up was that it was quite noisy. The
cooling section in the UEFI BIOS told me the fan was running at slightly over
3000 rpm when idle, which seemed slightly high. My solution was to simply
Minimum Duty Cycle (%) from 40 to 0. This reduced the fan speed
drastically. At times (mostly right after boot) the fan was completely turned
of, however most often when the system is idling the fan speed is between 1500
and 2300 rpm.
I'm also having problems with turning off the device. Turning the device off
via the UI or
poweroff simply reboots it (it goes through BIOS, so it is not
simply reloading XBMC as others have had issues with). Running
halt makes the
UI hang but does not power off the device.
However, if I have a keyboard plugged in, it works as expected, the device shuts off and stays off. The same is however not true for USB-keys (the only other USB-device I have tried), as that also makes the device reboot instead of shutting down.