Best Memory Configuration for NUCs


What would be the best memory configuration for Intel NUC mini PCs?  Would it be better to have 2 x memory modules? or Would it be better to have a 1 x memory module setup and have space for future upgrades?

To give us the answers to these questions, we setup two identical configuration with the only difference in memory configuration.


Test unit is using the following

Intel NUC 11 Performance NUC11PAHi5 Kit Core i5-1135G7 Barebone Additional Components Needed

ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5inch SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive SSD ASU800SS-256G


For the first test unit

1 x Kingston 32GB DDR4 3200MHz SODIMM


For the second test unit

2 x Kingston 16GB DDR4 3200MHz SODIMM


Intel NUC11 32GB vs 32GB








Based on the benchmark results it shows that having a dual channel memory configuration has a much better performance with an average of 15% improvement from a single channel memory configuration.  The current pricing for the memories also shows that getting a single 32GB memory module is more or less the same cost as having a 32GB (2 x 16GB) memory modules.  Another advantage of having 2 x memory modules is that you can remove 1 x memory module and you can still use the unit.

The only advantage of having a single channel memory configuration is that you have an extra slot for future upgrades if needed.

In this round, it really shows that getting a dual channel memory configuration is the best recommendation.


#kingston #wiredsystems #intelnuc #ADATA #NUC11PAHi5

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