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Installation & Test Setup

Even though the Shuttle XPC Nano NC01U5 barebones is pretty damn small, it doesn’t mean that gaining access to the internal components is a chore. Access is very simple; at each of the corners there are 4 divots with 4 x Phillips screws. Once these are removed, it gives access to the hardware slots in which you can put in your own compatible memory or 2.5” storage drive.

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With the NC01U5 coming with no storage drive and memory modules, we obviously knew that these components would be needed to test the PC properly. We installed an ADATA 128GB SP900 SSD which fits, but you could of course use a 2.5” conventional hard drive; be warned that using a regular drive can add extra and unwanted heat into the chassis, so we recommend an SSD personally to avoid this happening.

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Behind a small protective flap, the memory slots in the same way it would within a notebook or laptop; not surprising given that it’s the exact same memory that’s compatible with the NC01U5. This particular model only supports up to 16GB in total which means no modules above 8GB in size. Only memory with speeds of up to 1600MHz are supported and 1.35v DDR3L; this means for example that a 1.35v kit of 1866MHz DDR3L will only run at 1600MHz.

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Test Setup

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 5200U
  • RAM: Crucial 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz 1.35v DDR3L
  • SSD: ADATA SP900 128GB
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Professional 64 bit
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