Intel’s Next Unit of Computing, better known as NUCs, are mini barebones PCs, ie motherboard and processor supplied containers, whereby the rest of the components can be mounted on their own. Due to the expansion of the Kaby Lake range, new versions of NUCs could also be missing.
Two Intel Core i3 processors (NUC7i3BNK and NUC7i3BNH) are launched, two on Core i5 (NUC7i5BNK and NUC7i5BNH) and one on Core i7 (NUC7i7BNH); The latter will also skirt the Skull Canyon launched in early 2016. Except the processor, the devices share much of the features from the aluminum casings.
Both NUCs with Core i3 and Core i5 will be available in two formats: a “short” (low) that can only accommodate SSD M.2 disks and a tall one that will also provide space for a 2-SATA disk , 5 “. The i7 will only be available in the tall version.
For the rest, there are two SODIMM slots for DDR4 RAM (notebook format), Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth connectivity, 4 USB 3.0 ports, headphone jack, IR receiver, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, microSD reader and USB- C with DisplayPort as well as in i5 and i7 models is compatible with Thunderbolt 3, making NUCs even more versatile, perhaps combining them with an external GPU.
Mini PC not for everyone, but definitely interesting just for the degree of freedom offered to the customer. In the US, the new Intel NUCs will arrive in the current month but there is no price news.