Intel’s first Bay Trail-powered mini-PC launches for about $140

Chip maker Intel has been selling a line of tiny desktop computers for the past few years. The NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is designed to showcase how much power can fit in a tiny package, and there are models with Intel Haswell processors and Intel HD 5000 series graphics.

Now Intel is offering its first model with a low-power, Bay Trail processor.

The Intel DN2820FYK NUC is available for around $140.

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What you get for $140 is a tiny, 2.2 desktop computer with a 2.4 GHz Intel Celeron N2820 dual-core processor with a TDP of 7.5 watts and an Intel SDP of 4.5 watts.

The PC measures 4.6″ x 4.4″ x 2″ and includes 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, aduio, and Ethernet jacks. The system also has 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 built in. The whole thing is powered by a 36W wall-mount AC adapter.

Not included in the base price is memory, storage, or an operating system. The system can support up to 8GB of RAM and has a single DDR3 memory slot and a 2.5 inch drive bay.

If you’re looking for a model that comes with memory and storage, The Book PC is selling the new Bay Trail NUC with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive for $239. Adding a Windows license will set you back an extra $99. You can also opt for up to 8GB of RAM, a larger hard drive, or a faster SSD if you’ve got more money to burn.

via FanlessTech

  • CheapMonk

    And passive cooling of course …

    • Dan

      Actually it looks like this is active cooling.. ie a fan

      • Kobaljov

        From the source: “This looks like the actively cooled version (that can easily be silenced with a passive case) but an Intel-branded fanless SKU is rumored to be coming soon.”

      • Jeff

        I wonder how much extra the fanless version will cost.

      • FanlessTech

        I don’t think Intel will take the expensive route of a 1kg rugged case. A sizable aluminum heat sink (think ECS Bay Trail boards) in a case with air vents on top will be just fine 😉

      • earthzero

        All reports so far say that the fan is truly inaudible.

  • ed

    I’m a bit sad they only went with a 3gb/s SATA, considering I bought a 6gb/s SATA SSD recently, even if the real world benefits would’ve been minimal. And also that they shoved this out the door with a fan when it could’ve easily been passive.

    Still, the price is very compelling.

    • ed

      Apparently, the Bay Trail NUCs also don’t come with Windows 7 support, which is a rather major oversight.

      Good going, Intel.

      • Jerome

        Probably Microsoft’s idea.
        OEMs would love to sell W7 again (see recent HP announcement and Dell’s introduction of a W7 downgrade option); W8 is killing their sales.

  • Randy

    I was going to buy this yesterday, but couldn’t find it on Amazon.Then today, Liliputing to the rescue.
    This has been the NUC I have been waiting for ever since I heard about the haswell update back in November.
    I am not sure what I want to do with it. For now I am just going to install Linux on a USB 3.0 flash drive for testing and benchmarking. Also I am glad Intel put this version into the case with the 2.5″ drive slot. (The older Celeron NUC did not have USB 3.0, which is a deal breaker.)

  • d katoola

    2 years ago i would have a boner for one of these. Thats before i started tinkering with ARM Rockchip SOCs. My RK3066 stick runs a 9TB DLNA server, samba server, nzb/usenet fetcher, rsyslogd server and serves as a gcc development platform to compile crap, running ubuntu. I paid like 40$ for it and it runs on less than 2W of power (without the usb disks). It invokes the phrase “FUCKING AWESOME” everytime i ssh into it, its exciting. I am glad Intel is going in this direction but they lost the battle in this area, they need to innovate and cut costs lower on this and the galileo.

  • ChicagoBob

    I have been looking at this and the MSI Launching J1800I Mini ITX or ECS BAT-I etc but really find myself
    really disappointed. Not dual band Wifi? Why are these all SODIMM talk about expensive. If you build a system the power supply is huge I cant figure that out especially since I have been running a PI and Android ARM that uses a PHONE charger for goodness sakes. I love that Intel is trying BUT they look WAY out of control expensive.