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While they might have been displayed at Computex 2013 earlier this year, seems like it is only now that Intel is ready to release the Haswell-based Next Unit of Computing (NUC) into the market. For those who are not familiar with Intel NUCs, they are basically full systems (saves for several components that users to obtain themselves) with a very small footprint to the extent that they can actually fit on you hand.
Leading the list is the Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK which is equipped with a soldered down Intel Core i5-4250U dual core processor that runs at a base speed of 1.3 GHz with a Turbo Boost speed of up to 2.6 GHz. The processor also features an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 GPU with a base clock speed of 200 MHz and a maximum speed of 1 GHz.
Also available is the Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK which features an Intel Core i3-4010U dual-core processor that is also soldered down to the motherboard. With a base clock speed of 1.7 GHz, the processor doesn’t come with Intel Turbo Boost capability though. The processor is also equipped with Intel HD Graphics 4400 integrated GPU that runs at similar clock speed as per Intel HD Graphics 5000 GPU in the Intel Core i5-4250U. Both the Haswell-based Core i5 and Core i3 processors in these products support Intel Hyper-Threading technology.
Apart from their processors, other aspect of these Intel NUC Kits are rather identical: two SODIMM slots that support up to 16GB 1600/1333 MHz DD3 RAM, two mini PCI Express slot, mini DisplayPort 1.2, mini HDMI 1.4a, Intel Gigabit LAN port, four USB 3.0 ports, headphone/microphone jack and infra-red sensor on the front panel. Both kits are also available in the form of standalone NUC boards which are called Intel NUC Board D54250WYB and Intel NUC Board D34010WYB.
Since all these Intel NUC Kits and NUC Boards have yet to appear on Intel Malaysia’s website, we have no information on their local release date and pricing at the time being. We’ll keep you updated once we received any updates from the company.
Syefri “Chapree” Zulkefli is an industry mainstay that has made his bones in the eSports, gaming and tech community for almost a decade.