Introduction

This guide will provide information on how to disassemble an Intel NUC5i7RYH or similar.

Parts

No parts required.

    • Place the NUC upside down and start by using a Phillips head screw driver, such as the All-in-One PC Driver, to remove the lower screws on the lower case door.

    • These screws are held in with retainers, so they won't fall out when you flip the lid.

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  1. Lift the door, and keep an eye on the cables that connect to the NUC's motherboard. These cables are the power and data cables for the 2.5" hard drive bay.
    • Lift the door, and keep an eye on the cables that connect to the NUC's motherboard. These cables are the power and data cables for the 2.5" hard drive bay.

    • Carefully unplug the cables from the motherboard, and set the bracket aside.

    • In the last photo, the slot for a blade SSD is marked. This is where you would install the blade SSD, and use a screw to hold it in place.

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    • Remove the 4 silver screws that hold the hard drive in the bracket. The metal shield with thermal pad in the red box will come off: this comes in handy if you have a blade SSD installed, as it insulates it from the metal.

    • Carefully slide the 2.5" HDD or SSD out of its case.

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    • Removal of RAM on these units is just like on a standard laptop: slightly bend each arm on each side of the chip, and allow it to pop up before sliding it out of the socket.

    • If using two sticks of RAM, repeat this process for the lower stick underneath.

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    • The motherboard is held in with two black Phillips head screws, located on the left hand side.

    • Be sure to unplug the antenna cables from the wireless card before removing the motherboard.

    • Grasp the ethernet port, and lift the board out of the case.

    I’m trying to disassemble an NUC 54250WYKH (released 2013), due to a now hopelessly broken fan. Removing the mother board has been proven to be very hard.I’m suspecting that it is just “stuck” to the top or that the headphone jack/IR receiver part is stuck.

    After removing the two screws above: is it just a matter of applying a bit of force?

    Linus - Reply

    Hi Linus,

    The motherboard in my NUC lifts out without much force at all, so try and make sure none of the connectors are catching on the case.

    Jasen Friedle - Reply

    I also have the NUC 54250WYKH and I am unable to remove the motherboard. It looks like the motherboard is held in place by something in addition to the 2 screws.

    lamsan - Reply

    Does it budge at all? There’s a chance the I/O ports are catching on the case of the NUC when lifting the motherboard up.

    Jasen Friedle - Reply

    • The motherboard should lift right out of the case.

    • To remove the fan, unscrew the two Phillips head screws holding it in. It can then be unplugged from the motherboard.

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    • This unit is relatively easy to disassemble and reassemble. Good luck!

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Clear description, I used it for NUC7i7RYH, where my cpu was often 100 degrees.

I followed your instruction and cleaned the ventilator and removed dust in the ventilation channels.

Problem fixed, temp is now between 50 and 70 degrees.

rob - Reply

Congrats! Thanks for letting me know, and I’m glad to hear your machine is running cooler!

Jasen Friedle - Reply

Hello, I need an audio jack (port) fro this nuc, can’t find it anywhere, any suggestions?

model 5i5ryh

dave - Reply

hello. I need a replacement audio jack (port) for this nuc, model 5i5ryh, can’t find it anywhere, any suggestions?

dave - Reply

You can try looking on eBay for replacement audio jacks. From what I’m seeing, you could potentially use a universal one and solder a few jumper wires to their corresponding pins and make something work.

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