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Intel NUC8I5BEH3 Barebone Mini PC $379 + Delivery/C&C @ JW or Computer Alliance


Seen this at other stores as well. Heavily reduced.

I grabbed mine from Computer Alliance in Brisbane and then added in 32GB RAM and a 1TB M.2 NVME SSD from Amazon. All up under $700.

Link to Computer Alliance Product Page

Specs and details:

  • Intel Core i5 8259U 2.3GHz (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz) Quad Core CPU
  • Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 655 (low-end gaming)
  • 2 x SODIMM DDR4 (Max 32GB) Memory Slots - DDR4-2400 1.2V SO-DIMM
  • M.2 PCIe Slot and 2.5" HDD Support
  • Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 9560 module
  • VESA bracket
  • HDMI 2.0a, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) and DP 1.2 via USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, 4 x USB 3.1 (Gen2) Type A, microSDXC card slot, Supports 3 Displays
  • MicroSD port


This will support 64GB. I have it in my NUC.

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closed Comments

  • How does it compare with the brix 10210u?


    • +1

      10th gen Intel has no iris graphics.

  • Any recommendations for RAM deals at the moment? 2x8 or 2x16?

  • +2

    Good deal, ordered one. Been meaning to replace my old Asrock HTPC from 10 years ago

  • Hi all,

    Can someone please link/specify what power cord I require for this.

    Thanks heaps

    • +2

      it comes with a power supply/cable
      you need DIY RAM, SSD & OS

      • Thanks :)

      • +1

        If it truly is a "BEH3", you might need one of these, because I'm pretty sure the Aussie plug is BEH4. But the power supply is definitely fine

        • +1

          Yep saw that. Comp Alliance one definitely has an aus cord.

          Worst case I have heaps spare.

  • +1

    I've been looking into Mini PCs recently, and this is very tempting. However I've mostly been looking into the Asrock DeskMini which supports AM4 cpus.
    $249 at Scorptec. Add a Ryzen 3400g plus 16gb ram and 250gb m.2 ssd gets the total system to be around $650 when all parts ordered from scorptec. I think the Ryzen system will perform better than this NUC at similar price point and form factor.

    • For $680 I got this with 32GB Ram and a 1TB NVME SSD M.2.

    • That looks like a fun little box to built & useful for retiring older ryzen when you bought a new one. A shame it only supports 2.5" drives. I wanted to put 2 x 3.5" HDD in there and it'd have been a perfect little NAS box.

  • already cost $700, what's the benefit over a $900 lenovo laptop?

    • 32GB/1TB NVME. And $200 less.

      • +2
        • TB3. Doubt the $900 lenovo has one.
  • +4

    If you have eBay plus, use PLUSLC5 to get it $360.05 delivered from shoppingexpress eBay store:


  • Can this ouput to a ultrawide monitor or 4k?

    • Yes

    • Will support up to 4k60hz via the HDMI 2.0a port or the USB-C / TB3 port (DP 1.2)

      • Thanks

      • For future proofing, will I be able to connect 2 4k60 monitors?

        • Yep as above.

  • Will this work with

    2x Patriot Signature Series 16GB 3200MHz (PC4-25600) DDR4 CL22 SODIMM Memory Module


    WD Blue 1TB SN550 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

    Looking to buy today

    • Yes that is what I purchased above. Oops no you need 2400 memory. This:


      • +1

        Not much difference though in price for the 3200 one. So probably will just get the higher one im case i need to upgarde to a system that fully supports it later.

        As long as it is compatible. I hope it is.

    • +1

      The RAM will just run at 2400MHz on this NUC. Still compatible though. Timings will be higher unless you lower them in BIOS but I don't think it matters.

      • Thanks, as lomg as it is compatible, just wanted to get the higher one just incase will need to get another system to upgrade to that supports it fully.

        • Just keep in mind the higher clock speed ram also has higher timings. Probably won't make a difference for a simple PC like this though. Just get whatever is cheapest.

  • I think it's the same as this one for $339? On sale online only until Feb 1st
    Na I just realised this is i3, not i5

  • Ended up getting it for $369 at Umart in Brisbane.

    Just need to add a power cable which I have heaps of.

  • Picked one up yesterday, my build configuration further below.

    FYI - the i5 8259U cpu passmark is 8,356

    Plex Media Server CPU requirements: https://support.plex.tv/articles/201774043-what-kind-of-cpu-...

    RAM: HyperX Impact 32GB 2400MHz DDR SOIDIMM HX424515B/32 (~$180 Amazon)
    I went with the 1x32GB stick option to allow me to add another 32GB to expand to 64GB total down the track. This will come in handy using ESXi to run multiple VMs (UbuntuServer, PiHole, Plex Server, TrueNAS, OPNSense etc)

    Hardrive: Kingston 1TB A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD ($139 Umart)
    read/write speeds of up to 2,200/2,000MB/s1

    • Wonder if single channel will slow it down much at all?

      • +1

        I haven't heard of dual channel improving performance with Intel CPUs. I know it's a Ryzen thing. Could be wrong but I've not come across it and it is often mentioned with Ryzen reviews.

        • Just check it does support 64GB. Some say yes, officially it is no. Ignore. Just found many confirmations it works.

    • +1

      I ended up getting the 64GB Patriot Viper 32GB SODIMMs. Didn't even boot. Blue flashing light.

      Put 32GB back in.

      EDIT: Reseated the RAM after booting from one SODIMM at a time and all is great! 64GB!

  • +1

    Ebay (not Plus) just gave me a $30 off code, so I grabbed one from Shopping Express Clearance for $349.


    Will replace my ever reliable NUC6CAYH.

  • So I grabbed one of these and it's a nice zippy unit. One problem is the HDMI has some sort of BIOS glitch, it goes into a deep sleep and won't wake the system, the screen just stays blank. The PC can only be accessed by restarting….
    Have searched and it's reported on many forums with no fix yet. I have resorted to using the usb-c port with a adapter to run the screen as a workaround.
    If anyone has a solution please let me know as I would like to keep the thunderbolt port free for future.

    • Have both ports working. So far ok for me.

      • It only happens after a long sleep period, like overnight. Its painful as I run some crypto staking apps 24/7 that I probably will need to migrate back to my RPI's

        • What do you mean,"after a long sleep period"? Does it only happen only after the system is put into sleep mode? Its not clear what exactly is the trigger for this issue that you're reporting as you also mentioned running some staking apps 24/7 but I don't see how you're doing that if its in sleep.

          I'm planning to run my NUC 24/7 as a server/HTPC, so I don't anticipate putting it to sleep at all, so I might not even run into this problem.

          • @Kenb0: When the monitor is attached to HDMI and it goes to sleep it will not turn back on. This is after a prolonged period of time like overnight or a few hours at least. If you search you will see that there are a number of reports even from launch of this NUC. Seems to be the chip or controller used for the HDMI. I haven't had the issue since changing to use the TB3 port with HDMI adaptor.

            • @mickyboy1: ah ok. So its when the monitor goes to sleep, not when the NUC goes to sleep?

    • Had this happen to me today. Very annoying.

  • How is this compared to MSI Cubi 5 https://www.pccasegear.com/products/50594/msi-cubi-5-10m-10t...? Msi has $50 gift card option, which will be $295.

  • Anyone received theirs? Can comment if noisy or about the heating?

    • Yep I have mine. A little bit of noise under load, but in normal use nice and quiet.

      • Thanks. Can I ask, which ram and ssd did you get for yours?

        • RAM: 64GB:

          Patriot Viper Steel Series DDR4 32GB 2400MHz (PC4-19200) CL15 SODIMM Single Module PC Memory - PVS432G240C5S

          m.2 NVME:

          Western Digital WDS100T2B0C Blue SN550 1TB NVMe SSD 2400MB/s 1950MB/s R/W 600TBW 410K/405K IOPS M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3 1.7M hrs MTTF 5yrs wty

          • @boxall: Nice setup. Any thoughts on the extra 2.5” drive bay?

          • @boxall: You might be interested in this, https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07RTBF1SY/

            I just ordered mine, seems like the NUC will run much cooler(and quieter) in this case. As this will be my HTPC, I didn't want to have to deal with noisy fans near my TV, and as a bonus, seems like it runs cooler too. Invariably I use these little computers for years and years(my old HTPC from 2010 is still going but getting underpowered, this will replace that) and invariably will have to replace the fans as bearings wear out, get noisier, etc, so figured this will be a nice investment for the future

            I'm waiting for amazon to get more stock of the Patriot Viper SODIMMs as well, seems like they're one of the fastest SODIMMs out there which will work well with these NUCs

          • @boxall: Hello again - can you provide the link to your ram? I can't find it on Amazon AU except for US retailer.

            Can you share the cost of the ram - I am assuming you got 32gb x 2?


            • @bluebluebird: Looks like it is out of stock as this was the link:


              Yes got 2x32.

            • +1

              @bluebluebird: Yeah that’s my fault. I was waiting for the 2 x 32gb(2400mhz) patriot viper sodimms and as soon as it appeared back in stock last week, I snapped them up. They arrived quickly and I’ve been doing memtests on them for last few days, so far it looks great.

              I don’t know what I’m going to be doing with that much RAM since it’s primarily a htpc, but I’m sure I’ll find some use for it, maybe spin up a few VMs, etc

              • +1

                @Kenb0: That's OK I do not need that much ram - so I got the 16gb x 2 and should be more than enough for my home office use.

                • +1

                  @bluebluebird: Just FYI, while I've been running the memtests, I could hear the fan spin up, enough to annoy me if it was sitting under my TV as my htpc. Now, during normal operation as htpc/sitting idle, the load on it might not even get very high that the fans need to spin up. Once i finish my tests, I'll be moving it into the Akasa turing passive cooling case I linked earlier, and supposedly that will be enough to cool it down without a fan at all, and end up being cooler overall. Just something to keep in mind.

                  • +1

                    @Kenb0: Thanks. I need to make it minimalist so I will mount it using vesa plate behind the monitor.

  • Let me say, this is an amazing MiniPC. Middish gaming performance (F1 2019 runs great for example!). Supper snappy. Very quiet (compared to my 2018 Macbook pro for example).

    For $900 all up (i5/1TB M.2/1TB SSD, 64GB of RAM) I have no complaints except I wish it drove 3 screen easily. No laptop comes close.

    Now to run up some virtual workloads in Fedora.

    • Did you try to set up with 3 screens; besides using monitors with daisychain?

  • If anyone else has issued with the HDMI port and display sleep/wake up then check your cable. I was having issues and a simple HDMI cable change fixed the issue.
    On another note I also will be selling this NUC as I had my desktop replaced under home insurance policy (lightening strike) so I don't need it anymore. I'll advertise it in the classified but it will go cheap.

  • +1

    $369 at Umart https://www.umart.com.au/Intel-NUC-BOXNUC8I5BEH-Barebone-Kit...

    Has been for about a week?

    • +1

      Yep. That is where I got mine in the end for that price. Buried above. 31/1.

    • $365 at Shopping Express is a better deal unless you are picking up. SE shipping was $11 for me to Vic.

      • Yeah I grabbed mine from SE and added a stick of 16GB RAM for $88 for a total of $467 shipped:

        Then just added a Kingston A2000 500GB from Amazon for $87.50 (probably could've had it slightly cheaper if I could be assed, but wanted it quick and no Umart in SA ;-P)

        • I'm still on the look out for memory but have a old WD SSD lying around I can use on it.

          • @Bal: Real happy with my 64GB of mem purchased. Patriot.

            • @boxall: Where did you get it from?

              • +1

                @Bal: As above. Amazon:

                RAM: 64GB:

                Patriot Viper Steel Series DDR4 32GB 2400MHz (PC4-19200) CL15 SODIMM Single Module PC Memory - PVS432G240C5S

  • Looks like this machine is highly recommended esp. noise level can be adjusted. I am just worried if I am able to hook up 3 monitors with this usb extension (8 in 1) plug to the usb C to hook up 2 monitors, and 1 via the hdmi from the machine itself.

    I am not using for gaming, just need for home office work.

    • 3 monitors won’t work that way. Your only option is to daisy chain via DisplayPort.

  • +2

    For anyone that is interested I have had my Intel NUC8I5BEH3 I5 8th gen on a smart plug with power monitor for the last 10 days, power use in total 2.1 kWh (PC only). I have slightly tweaked the CPU performance to a maximum of 85% in windows as I don't really need the full 'power' of the I5 in 95% of what I do.
    Will cost me less than $20 per year in electricity.
    Note, I ended up keeping the NUC as was getting some stupid offers (can't deal with low ballers when it is not me haha!)
    Decided to pocket the insurance money for the desktop payout.
    Also turned down the fan mode in the bios to quiet and teamed with the cpu performance limit it is very, very quiet.
    I really like this mini PC…!

  • Thanks OP, bought one from Umart for $692.00
    Intel NUC BOXNUC8I5BEH Barebone Kit - 8th Gen Core i5: $369.00
    1tb Kingston 1TB A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD: $139,
    Crucial 16GB (1x16GB) CT16G4SFS8266 2666MHz DDR4 SODIMM RAM: $92 x2

    • +1

      Nice. Amazing piece of kit for $700.

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