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BIOS Setup

Understanding and adjusting the BIOS settings can significantly reduce your node's energy consumption. The correct OS can enhance speed and processing.

Please note that your BIOS might have another layout or settings regarding performance and energy consumption. Settings differences are entirely normal and change with the CPU you have installed on your device.

1.2.1 Enter BIOS

Connect your machine to power and attach a keyboard and monitor.

  1. Connect your Bootbable USB device to the node
  2. Turn on the node using the power button
  3. Press F2 on your keyboard during boot to enter the BIOS setup

1.2.2 Power Settings

Ensure that NUC auto starts after power failure.

  1. Go to Power -> Secondary Power Settings
  2. Set After Power Failure to Power One
  3. Set Wake on LAN from S4/S5 to Power On - Normal Boot

1.2.3 CPU Settings

Adjust Cooling for fanless housing

  1. Go to Cooling
  2. Set Fan Control Mode to Fanless
  3. Go to Performance -> Processor
  4. Set Hyper-Threading to Enabled
  5. Enable Intel Turbo Boost Technlogy
  6. Set Active Processor Cores to All
  7. Enable Real-Time Performance Tuning

Adjust performance for the server's energy efficiency

  1. Go to Power
  2. Enable Max Performance Enabled
  3. Set Intel Dynamic Power Technology to Energy Efficient Performance
  4. Set Package Power Limit 1 (Sustained) to 25
  5. Set Package Power Limit 2 (Burst Mode) to 25
  6. Set Package Power Time Window (Tau) to 0

1.2.4 LED Settings

Turn off status LED signatures for server use

  1. Go to Power -> Secondary Power Settings
  2. Set S0 Indicator Brightness (%) to 0
  3. Set Modern Standby Indicator Brightness (%) to 0
  4. Set RGB LED -> Brightness (%) to 0
  5. Set HDD LED -> Brightness (%) to 0

1.2.5 Boot Order

  1. Go to Boot -> Boot Priority
  2. Set Boot Option #1 to your USB device
  3. Set Boot Option #2 to your internal SSD

1.2.6 Operating System Startup

Now that we have configured the BIOS correctly, we can exit and start the node from the defined boot device.

  1. Press F10 to save changes and exit BIOS
  2. Wait for the stick to boot up
  3. Choose Try or Install Ubuntu Server
  4. Let the installation setup run through