Intel is refreshing its NUC line of tiny desktop computers with new models featuring Intel Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake chips. The new versions should offer better CPU and graphics performance than their predecessors, and Intel has also given them a slight makeover with a darker case and a power button that’s been moved from the top to the front.

Earlier this month an Intel NUC with a Celeron J3455 Apollo Lake CPU went on sale for about $230.

Now you can buy more powerful models with Core i3 Kaby Lake chips. Prices start at about $295.

That’s how much Amazon is charging for either the BOXNUC7I3BNH NUC Kit or the BOXNUC7I3BNK NUC Kit.

Both versions feature a 15 watt Intel Core i3-7100U dual core processor with Intel HD 620 graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and, four USB 3.0 ports, and a USB Type-C port (which can be used as a second display output, among other things, thanks to DisplayPort 1.2 support).

The difference is that the BNH model has room for both an M.2 solid state drive and a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD, while the BNK version is a shorter, more compact PC that only has the M.2 slot.

Note that Amazon is showing the wrong images for the new mini computers, but Newegg has the right pictures (and is charging $315 for the short and tall versions of the new Core i3 NUC).

Both ship without storage, memory, or an operating system and support up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 RAM.

Later this year Intel will also launch models with Core i5 and Core i7 Kaby lake chips, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and Intel Iris Plus graphics. Some models will also support Intel Optane storage.

via NUC Blog

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