Intel Next Unit of Computing, the mini PC on sale

The first mini PC with Intel Core i3 processor will be available in two versions: only the motherboard and barebone chassis and power supply.


Intel officially joined the mini PC industry with the first two NUC (Next Unit of Computing), which will be on sale from next month. Both models (DC3217IYE and DC3217BY) will be available in two versions: one motherboard or barebones kit with an aluminum frame and plastic, cooling system and power supply to 19 volts, which the user will have to add RAM and mass storage. The NUC are also based on Ivy Bridge 22-nanometer and will be priced between 300 and 320 dollars. A third model (DCCP487DYE) will hit the market during the first quarter of 2013.

The NUC DC3217IYE DC3217BY and share almost all the technical features. The boards are installed in a chassis-shaped box (11.7 × 11.2 × 3.9 cm) which exhibits outside the various connection ports: three USB 2.0 (two on rear, one front) , HDMI (two for the model DC3217IYE), a Thunderbolt for DC3217BY and Gigabit Ethernet for DC3217IYE. There are also two antennas WiFi and Bluetooth.

The motherboard is based on Intel QS77 Express chipset and supports dual core ULV Core i3-3217U (1.8 GHz, TDP 17 Watt HD Graphics 4000 GPU and 350 MHz-1, 05 GHz), two slots for DDR3 memory 1066/1333/1600 MHz (up to 16GB), a mini PCIe half-length (for modules Bluetooth and WiFi) and a mini PCIe full length with mSATA support that allows you to connect a SSD. Included is provided an external 19 Volt. To assemble the mini PC you should buy then the RAM, solid state drives (SSD mSATA Intel offers the model 520 from 180 GB) and cable (Type C6) to connect the power supply to the chassis.

Intel NUC has been designed to perform various tasks, ranging from HD video to digital signage, in all areas where you need a small device, with a decent processing power and low power consumption. The cost of the hardware, the user must add also that of the operating system. Intel ensures compatibility with Windows 8, as well as previous Windows XP/Vista/7.

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