I've been following some discussions on the forum about issues with the Skull NUC and am quite anxious about the most reliable SSD, memory, and display port on this otherwise well reviewed micro computer.
I am interested in multiple USB port usage, highspeed SSD access, single microDP display and a single fast ram stick that would insure high reliability for audio processing.
I am assuming that powering USB devices via the various ports won't be an issue. I've also seen mentions that there is a pin header for additional USB ports that can be attached to the motherboard. I doubt I will ever need to utilize it, but would be welcome of course. If anyone has any concern/issues that they have witnessed, please shout.
I am planning to run a stripped down version of Windows 10 PRO on this machine, but would be great to partition and have access to install Ubuntu as well. I am not sure if separating OSes and software is recommended and achieved well by simply partitioning a single drive, or to use separate SSD sticks / types for this. Of course I looked into NVME Intel drives (assuming they have more reliable support than Samsung) but your opinion would be much appreciated. I need fast audio file access and playback and audio DSP needs to use some storage space for caching operations.
The plan is to use an ipad screen with an interface board which requires a Display Port connection. I am quite new to this interface so I am wondering if there are issues with various standards or not. I would of course like to use a larger display monitor when working on complicated tasks and assume this is possible via mDP and HDMI running concurrently - or is it best to plan towards using a single display?
One of my main concerns are the reports of stuttering, OS locking up, wrong RAM configuration, and Intel's advice to use a single memory stick. It is a vast topic with many caveats. My initial thought was to use Micron chip based ram and avoid other manufacturers, but I've seen threads where people report lockups with Crucial ram which was recommended in other forums/threads. Of course it could be hardware issues, or maybe even heat. I would be very thankful for Intel's advice here on what sort of configuration is the most reliable.
General Skull NUC questions
I am Berlin based and I assume that any Skull NUC stock in the country is the first batch - so this would mean I would have to make my own BIOS upgrades? I've seen some threads about proper approaches here, including the steps to install and upgrade drivers - but is it really that sensitive? I guess its a bit of a stupid question.
More importantly - have there been i7KYK hardware revisions? Should I seek a particular serial number for the release?
CPU stepping - is it possible to adjust stepping on this hardware, as I want to tune the performance to avoid any performance stepping in my application. Windows and even Linux are quite touchy with things like MIDI and sound processing, but I am guessing the Skull NUC would have no issues with such operations - perhaps only in very hot conditions.
What am i doing?
My current project calls for very robust processing in relatively high ambient temperature environments. There is also a plan for a custom enclosure that includes an lcd panel. It is pretty risky, and I have seen some infrared images of the Skull NUC that show some potential difficulties with heat in low air current environments, not to mention a 9" heater in the form of an LCD.