Monday, September 11th 2017

Intel Launches New "Dawson Canyon" NUC Chassis, Boards

Intel has launched their new NUC chassis and board alternatives for fanless systems. Previously named "Dawson Canyon", the new, revised NUCs include Intel's 7th Gen Core i3 ( 7100U, 3 MB cache, up to 2.4 GHz) or Core i5 (7300U, 3 MB cache, up to 3.5 GHz) low-power processors (15 W), and are available in chassis or board-only options. The Dawson Canyon NUC is an industrial-grade solution, offering TPM 2.0 and vPro-enabled Intel solutions.

Specifications-wise, we're looking at an UCFF board (4" x 4") with a soldered-down BGA package, up to 32 GB DDR4 2133 1.2V SO-DIMM (x2 DIMM support), up to 4 USB ports (2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0), 2x full-size HDMI 2.0. Networking is taken care off by Intel's i219-LM 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet chip as well as an Intel Wireless-AC 8265 (IEEE 802.11ac 2x2) solution. There's support for M.2 solutions (PCIe x4: M.2 22x80 [key M] slot PCIe x1: M.2 22x30 [key E] slot) as well as Intel's Optane, should you opt for increased storage amount with an HDD but with improved speeds through Intel's caching technology. Expect fanless solutions to hit the market based on this platform soon, and due to the availability of these Dawson Canyon NUCs in board-state only, expect some standalone chassis to crop up as well.

Sources: Intel NUC Kit 1, Intel NUC Kit 2, via FanlessTech, via SimplyNUC
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9 Comments on Intel Launches New "Dawson Canyon" NUC Chassis, Boards

#1
yotano211
they should have named it "Dawsons creek"
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#2
Luke51087
That one photo looks like sonic the hedgehog
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#3
birdie
They are not NUCs, they are RIP-OFFs.
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#4
bug
birdie said:
They are not NUCs, they are RIP-OFFs.
I never felt these were rip-offs, but they are price a tad higher than I'm comfortable with. Which is ok, otherwise I'd have at least a couple of these somewhere in my house.
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#5
Steevo
Overpriced crap, meant to do a lot, but not enough power to really do anything well. Specialized hardware is better.
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#6
Vayra86
Luke51087 said:
That one photo looks like sonic the hedgehog
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#7
Fx
Steevo said:
Overpriced crap, meant to do a lot, but not enough power to really do anything well. Specialized hardware is better.
They do a few things well such as streaming media. The low power envelope complements that simple task.
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#8
Steevo
Fx said:
They do a few things well such as streaming media. The low power envelope complements that simple task.
Raspberri pi 3 will do the same work for about $70 with all its accessories, less file storage, but USB drives are stupidly cheap, or even powered high density drives in an external enclosure.

$35 pi 3 board
$12 16GB ad
$20 case and PSU

Or $70 kit with pie 3, 32GB micro sd, PSU, case, HDMI cable, fan and heatsinks on Amazon.
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#9
StrayKAT
The whole "next unit" of computing thing wasn't thought out well. I'm all for small form factor, but it isn't next level without the same power and options.

If only these things could be cheaper though. They'd be cooler than raspberry pis.
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