Intel has gone a step ahead with the launch of its NUC mini-PC. The new product is supposed to be different from it’s desktop and server boards.
The mini computer is powered with a 17-watt Core i3-3217U processor that is attached to the board and clocked it at 1.8Ghz. The machine has a dual-core and has been Hyper-Threaded Ivy Bridge. The unavailability of Turbo Boost might be a concern though.
Yet this is considered to be better than the Atom processor which were found in other mini computer boards. This mini-PC offer support up to 16GB of RAM on two SO-DIMM slots. It comes with a mSATA slot for storage and a mini PCI-E slot for other purposes. It’s 3 USB 2.0 slots enables external peripherals to be connected to it.
There are two options available for its Video output and wired networking options : (i) a board that is equipped with two
HDMI ports and an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet socket while , (ii) offers one HDMI port and one Thunderbolt port.
The company also plans to release the same product with upgrades to Core i5 and i7 processors, and USB 3 port.
Despite the bonzai size, Intel has managed to keep its prices low and is estimated to be available at £250 exclusive of taxes. Though the official launch date in the UK is yet unclear.