This year Intel will launch its first NUC mini-desktop computer to feature an Intel Core i7 processor.
The NUC line of computers are tiny desktop PCs with Intel chips. They’ve been around for a few years, but up until now you haven’t been able to find one with anything more powerful than a Core i5 chip.
Intel recently updated its NUC website with a few details about the upcoming NUC5i7RYH. It’ll be available in the second quarter of 2015 and the system will feature a 5th-gen Intel Core i7 “Broadwell” chip.
FanlessTech reports that chip will probably be a Core i7-5557U processor with Intel Iris 6100 graphics.
That’s a laptop-class processor rather than a more power-hungry desktop chip. But it’s still fast enough to make the new NUC one of the most powerful to date.
Intel unveiled new designs for its NUC computers at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. There’s a slim model featuring an M.2 solid state drive slot and a slightly larger version with room for a 2.5 inch hard drive. Both feature HDMI and mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and four USB ports.
The new Core i7 model will be one of the larger systems with a hard drive bay.
While this will be the first Intel NUC system to feature a Core i7 chip, it’s not the first tiny desktop to sport one. A few years ago Gigabyte launched its own BRIX line of mini-computers with support for up to a Core i7 chip.