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.
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.
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