Dear Intel, please get someone other than Curly to name your systems

Subject: Systems | November 21, 2012 - 06:49 PM |
Tagged: nuc, Intel

Intel's rather poorly named Next Unit of Computing is much more impressive than it sounds.  In a 4" x 4" x 2" box is a Core i3-3217U on a QS77 Express motherboard, two DDR3 DIMMs, a mini-PCIe Intel 520 Series SSD and a WiFi card which gives you performance far above any Atom powered micro machine.  Connectivity includes Thunderbolt, HDMI and up to 5 USB 3.0 ports and it is powered by a small 65W external brick.  The Tech Report were impressed by the overall performance, especially when trying out PC Perspective's favourite shooter from 2004.  At an MSRP around $300, this is a great choice for someone who needs more power than an Atom based machine but doesn't want to pay the premium for a full laptop.

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"Intel has crammed a pretty capable PC into a box that will fit into the palm of your hand and dubbed it the "Next Unit of Computing." With its Ultrabook guts, we think it should've been called the Ultrabox. Whatever you call it, though, the NUC offers a possible glimpse at the future of desktop PCs"

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November 22, 2012 | 06:25 AM - Posted by collie (not verified)

I love this concept. Question, Does it run silent or is there some high pitched mini fan in there?

November 22, 2012 | 06:40 AM - Posted by collie (not verified)

did some research, saw the insides, active heatsink, so not silent then. Also aperently $300 does not include mem, ssd, oem-os or {and this one is kinda funny} a plug for the psu. Once you add all that up a trinity laptop or pasivley cooled mini-itx desktop looks like a lot better bang for the buck. HOWEVER this is the first generation of this mini-pc, and it is a REALLY cute form factor, so only time will tell how common these will be.

November 22, 2012 | 08:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Been using one of these for a year now as an HTPC. Same form factor (the Intel version is a blatant copy), cheaper, slower CPU but faster GPU (more important for GPU accellerated video playback these days).

So the commotion about this innovative new form factor confuses me. It's nice, but we've been able to buy this for years.

November 22, 2012 | 08:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oops, for got the link:

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