Intel is adding a few new low-power models to its NUC line of tiny desktop computers. The new models feature 6 watt processors based on Intel Braswell architecture and price tags starting at around $140 or less for a barebones model.

Update: Amazon is now selling the system for about $129.

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The Intel NUC5CPYH features a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor while the NUC5PPYH has a 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium N3700 quad-core chip.

Both processors are 14nm, 64-bit chips with support for up to 8GB of RAM. They’re low power processors based on the same architecture as the latest Intel Atom chips, but they consume a bit more power and should offer better performance.

The Pentium chip has Intel HD graphics with a base clock speed of 400 MHz and burst speeds up to 700 MHz, while the Celeron model has less powerful Intel HD graphic with a clock speed of 320 MHz and burst speeds up to 600 MHz.

Intel’s NUC5CPYH mini PC should be available soon for around $140 or less, and a few stores including MacMall, ShopBLT, and PC Connection are already taking orders.

MacMall is also taking orders for the NUC5PPYH for about $180.

Both NUC mini PC kits feature are basically small desktop computers that measure about 4″ x 4″ and which come with a motherboard, processor, and other core features, but no memory, storage or operating system.

Under the hood there’s support for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD, support for a laptop-sized DDR3L memory stick, an M.2 card slot with an 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 wireless module, and a small fan to keep things cool (sorry, this is not a fanless system).

Around the sides of the case you’ll find four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, audio jacks, Gigabit Ethernet jacks and an SD card reader.

These won’t be the only mini PCs with Intel Braswell chips launching this summer. the ASRock Beebox line of mini-desktops are also small desktop computers with support for Intel’s latest low-power chips.

via Fanless Tech

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12 replies on “Intel NUC mini PCs with Braswell chips priced at $140 and up”

  1. Hello.. This is a good Intel NUC.. and Good
    Article, as I also looking for this product. However, I want to ask whether the
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    Is good enough or not ? please kindly advice me,
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  2. Really annoyed it can only push single HD display, compared to the Asrock Braswell based Mini PC which can push 3.

    1. You could always add a USB 3.0 display port adapter for an additional display or two…

  3. why don’t they have a m.2 with a 3.5 hdd version make a great clean media player

    1. 3.5″ is too big for these size systems, and the market has pushed 2.5″ to dominate, but you could have a M.2 card with 2.5″ HDD set up…

  4. Would these processors be good for basic video editing? I have a bunch of videotapes and laserdiscs to rip, and I just want to trim them down.

    1. Well, these are pretty low end… Braswell is mainly an updated version of the previous Bay Trail ATOM SoCs for the Celeron/Pentium range that mainly brings improvement to the graphical performance that makes them great at handling media playing of up to 4K videos but you need CPU performance for most video editing tasks and that’s still pretty limited…

      They can handle basic video editing, especially if the software supports Quick Sync for a little hardware acceleration assistance, and is best if you keep the videos at 720P or less, which should be fine for old VHS (360P or less) and Laser disc (HD), but if you have a lot of videos to edit then it can still be time consuming…

      These are mainly if you are under a strict budget and don’t mind the process taking time… Of course the quad core will offer a little more performance than the dual core…

  5. Great value if you want something for 4K video playback (below 30fps). The Braswell chips are supposed to have hardware decoding support for HEVC (h265) video. Up until recently, you needed a desktop i5 (or a laptop i7) to decode high bitrate h265 4K video.

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