1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Intel Unveils NUC Mini Computer

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, May 1, 2012.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,694 (11.16/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,664
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    Although at a much "smaller" scale, Raspberry Pi did to mini computers what iPad did to tablets (wake up a nearly dead product segment), and now a section of the market likes computers to be as small and potent as the ARM-driven Raspberry Pi. Although at a different end of the price and performance spectrum from the Raspberry Pi, Intel has reason to believe its NUC mini computer could achieve market success. NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is a mini box computer for the retail channel, which is roughly the size of a modern wireless router, but as powerful as a mainstream laptop.

    The NUC owes its computing power to Intel Core i3/i5 "Sandy Bridge" dual-core processors (probably in the BGA-1023 package), with Intel HD 3000 graphics, and dual-channel DDR3 memory (SO-DIMMs). The logic board measures 100 x 100 mm, and has all the essential connectivity crammed into it, including umm...10 Gb/s Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n, and HDMI with multi-channel HD audio. This board is smaller than VIA's NANO-ITX (120 x 120 mm) form-factor. The rest of the ABS plastic enclosure's volume is spent housing the cooling assembly. Informed sources predict that while the NUC won't be priced in the hundereds or thousands of Dollars, it most certainly won't be priced at $25. A starting price of $100 seems realistic.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Sources: SweClockers, ExtremeTech
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2012
    1c3d0g, Frick and hhumas say thanks.
  2. wrathchild_67

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    Messages:
    233 (0.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    32
    Do want- an Ivy Bridge version. An HD4000 would make for a potent HTPC and console emulator machine barely larger than a pack of cigarettes. Throw two 256GB mPCIe SSDs on and you've got enough space for a DVR.
     
    1c3d0g says thanks.
  3. Kantastic

    Kantastic

    Joined:
    May 12, 2009
    Messages:
    5,156 (2.59/day)
    Thanks Received:
    993
    $100 sounds like a damned good price. I'd replace my HTPC and my guest computer with these, saves power, space, and money.
     
    sno.lcn says thanks.
  4. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,694 (11.16/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,664
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    They chose Sandy Bridge probably because it's cooler. Literally cooler.
     
    NC37 and theJesus say thanks.
  5. Millennium

    Millennium New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2005
    Messages:
    610 (0.18/day)
    Thanks Received:
    76
    Location:
    London, UK
    I do want one of these if they really sell it for $100. I doubt it though!
     
  6. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,694 (11.16/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,664
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    I said it could start at $100. Don't expect all those features at $100.
     
    theJesus says thanks.
  7. Senupe

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Messages:
    61 (0.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Location:
    Santiago de Cali - Colombia
    This sound good, but no enough to replace it for a full featured PC, Thunderbolt it's not adopted massively so i see you getting problems with conectivity, but if it have more than 3 USB ports would be nice.
     
  8. MeanBruce

    MeanBruce New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Messages:
    151 (0.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    31
    That’s an administrative misnomer. Ivy only runs warmer when overclocked, at stock speeds runs cooler and draws less power than Sandy, and is the better choice for SFF, htpc, and silent rigs.:)

    I'm sure there will be an Ivy version of the NUC.
     
    1c3d0g says thanks.
  9. hhumas

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2011
    Messages:
    552 (0.45/day)
    Thanks Received:
    22
    Location:
    Islamabad
    its awesome
     
    MeanBruce says thanks.
  10. MeanBruce

    MeanBruce New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Messages:
    151 (0.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    31
    It is awesome!:D
     
  11. Steevo

    Steevo

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2005
    Messages:
    8,361 (2.55/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,216
    Where is the HDD with enough storage?
     
    10 Million points folded for TPU
  12. james888

    james888

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    4,530 (3.74/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,687
    This is cool. I think $150-$200 is more realistic. I would certainly get one for $150. Just needs a usb splitter. One of those 12 way splitters would do.
    I don't know about storage... Seems like I would want a lot for my plans.
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  13. zomg

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Messages:
    63 (0.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2
    thunderbolt works as mini-displayport too?
    wifi antenna is internal?

    price will be around price of laptops (minimal model), up to price of mac mini (with ssd and other features)
    this is crazy that you put price in this article, what you have to do - ask intel rep about it and post quote (even if they do not answer it directly), end of story
     
  14. meirb111 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Messages:
    184 (0.11/day)
    Thanks Received:
    10
    how much power does it use?
     
  15. naoan New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2009
    Messages:
    304 (0.16/day)
    Thanks Received:
    62
    When will AMD do this too with their APU?
     
  16. DaJMasta

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Messages:
    479 (0.15/day)
    Thanks Received:
    38
    Location:
    Silver Spring, MD
    In the hundreds is realistic... $100 is not. If its got laptop level hardware and the latest peripherals, it's going to be aimed at similar prices, probably as much as a current nettop for just the integrated motherboard. Then to suit the form factor you'd probably be adding a SSD - $100 probably won't be seen for years. As a low price for just the board, even with some cut down options, I wouldn't expect much under $200.

    Heck, even VIA's larger and less powerful boards with older peripherals can be $100.
     
  17. sno.lcn

    sno.lcn

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Messages:
    670 (0.23/day)
    Thanks Received:
    152
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA, USA
    I love it!
     
  18. sparkyar

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2009
    Messages:
    88 (0.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    15
    $200/$250 is more realistic, but coming from Intel it would cost more than $300
     
  19. OneCool

    OneCool

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2005
    Messages:
    844 (0.26/day)
    Thanks Received:
    66
    Location:
    Look behind you!!
    $150 would be awesome.Id pick up 2
     
  20. Galas

    Galas

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    35 (0.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7
    Agree.

    DO WANT one
     
  21. wickerman

    wickerman

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2006
    Messages:
    288 (0.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    49
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    If XBMC and Intel can work out their differences and get proper support for the SB based Intel HD graphics, then this is it really, what else do you need for an HTPC? I would like to see one of these equipped with even a lower end single core (with HT) or dual core that could be passively cooled (at least at idle) and with a low RPM fan at full load. Even if that means a slightly larger case. But I'm impressed with this, and even if it means $500 for the final price tag of a complete build, I'd have one.

    As an HTPC it would be brilliant, as a pc for my guest room it would be even better, or as a system I can bring with me on trips, or keep by as a loaner for friends and family members who may need a PC when theirs is being rebuilt/repaired I can't really imagine anything better.

    Well done Intel, get this to market soon. Don't just show this off as something you could do, make it happen! :toast:
     
  22. Jacez44 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2012
    Messages:
    35 (0.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6
    Location:
    Givatayim
    Wow..

    That thing makes my Atom 330 mITX build look like an oversized Pentium III..

    If it's 100$, I'm getting one for sure!
     
  23. NC37

    NC37

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    1,195 (0.55/day)
    Thanks Received:
    266
    I can see what this craze might start...

    "Is that a computer in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"
     
  24. n-ster

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Messages:
    8,859 (4.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,405
    If the base ones have Atoms, I can see them priced at 1XX $
     
  25. Hayder_Master

    Hayder_Master

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    5,177 (2.18/day)
    Thanks Received:
    638
    Location:
    IRAQ-Baghdad
    nice, it will be same as laptop performance
     

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page