Next-gen Intel NUC mini-computers could have faster CPUs

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing, or NUC is a tiny desktop computer with an Intel Core i3 processor. It’s not much larger than small stack of paperback books, but packs enough power to function as a desktop PC, media center, or kiosk.

But if a Core i3 chip isn’t good enough, you might have some other option soon. A leaked product roadmap suggests Intel could soon offer models with Core i5 and Core i7 chips.

Intel NUC Horse Canyon

Computer Base.de reports that the Core i5 version is code-named “Horse Canyon,” while the Core 7 model bears the ominous name, “Skull Canyon.”

Both models use 17W processors originally designed for notebooks and ultrabooks, so they’ll use less power than typical desktop PCs (and generate less heat, which is important when your entire computer fits inside a 4.6″ x 4.4″ x 1.6″ case).

The Horse Canyon model has an Intel Core i5-3427U processor while the Skull Canyon version has a Corei7-3537U CPU.

Both feature support for mSATA drives, up to 16GB of memory, and optional WiFI and Bluetooth.

You can find more details at Computer Base.de.

This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard about NUC units featuring faster processors. Earlier this year Gigabyte announced plans to offer models with Core i5 and Core i7 chips.

via FanlessTech

  • me

    I hope the Haswell versions are passively cooled.

  • http://home.comcast.net/~tomleem BigGoofyGuy

    I think small is good when it comes to computers. It is good that small does not have to mean slow. I think with a plain box like that, it is just asking for a custom ‘skin’ that makes it unique and reflect the user.

  • loopyduck

    The Thunderbolt port seems to have disappeared.

  • Lucky

    NUC is intriguing but Intel greed is holding it back. Currently the only offerings are an overpriced i3 or an old (Sandy Bridge) slow Celeron.

    Where’s the model based on the Pentium 2117U? I’d buy one today if it was reasonably priced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Kirkness/100002254033328 Ian Kirkness

    what about the graphic card? No way i buying a computer only come with an intergrated graphic chip.. Not worth the money. Added to insult, to get 8 GB of ram, you have to pay $200 extra.

    • Dusan

      Not true. Here in Canada, Canada Computers sells DC3217IYE + 8GB RAM + 120 GB SSD for $499

  • Michael Thompson

    I’m sure they COULD do lots of stuff.

    What they WILL do will be unremarkable and overpriced I’m sure.

  • km

    The USB 3.0 is an improvement.