Intel is refreshing its line of NUC mini-computers. The new Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK features an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor with Intel HD 5000 graphics, DisplayPort 1.2, and support for ultra HD displays.
There’s no word on how much the new model will cost or when it will hit the streets, but similar models with Ivy Bridge chips tend to sell for around $400 (for a barebones system without a hard drive, memory, or operating system).
The NUC D54250WYK sports an Intel Core i5-4250U processor, 2 SODIMM slots for up to 16GB of memory, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an SATA port, mini DisplayPort, mini HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, and 7.1 channel audio.
Under the hood there’s a mini PCI Express slot with mSATA support and a half-height mini PCIe slot.
The Core i5 chip that powers the new model is a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor with turbo boost support for speeds up to 2.6 GHz. It’s a 22nm chip with a TDP of 15W. Basically, it’s a chip designed for laptops, which’ll help keep the system from overheating. There’s not a lot of room inside the case: an NUC computer measures about 4.6″ x 4.4″ x 1.4″.
If those specs aren’t doing it for you, Gigabyte also recently updated its Brix line of NUC-like mini-desktops with Haswell processors.