Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:40

Intel NUC gets 2.5-inch drive bay

Written by Fudzilla staff



Fatter is sometimes better

Intel’s NUC mini PCs have been around for a while, but the barebones aren’t selling all that well for a variety of reasons. First of all they don’t come cheap. Connectivity may be a problem, as most models don’t even feature USB 3.0. In addition, NUCs are limited to mSATA drives. This means you can’t reuse your old 2.5-inch HDD or SSD in a NUC.

 

However, Intel now appears to be rolling out slightly thicker NUCs that can accommodate 2.5-inch drives. According to Ars, the new NUCs are about 12.5mm taller than the original models. The extra room was put to good use, as the top of the unit now has a standard 9.5mm 2.5-inch bay. This means it can handle big 2.5-inch drives up to 1TB in capacity. You still can’t use huge 15mm drives, but there are relatively few of them on the market anyway.

Since the new 2.5-inch bay was basically added on top of the existing design, the mSATA port is still there. In other words, you can still use a small SSD as a system drive and add a 1TB or 500GB hard drive for storage. This is not the case with most nettops and mini PCs, as they tend to have a single 2.5-inch bay.

The “new” NUC also features Smart Response technology which allows you to use small SSDs as a cache drive for the HDD. Rapid Start is on board, too, and it should help the system wake up from hibernation a bit faster, provided you are using both drives.

The taller NUCs are expected to be about $10 more expensive than standard models. This is a relatively small premium all things considered. Hopefully Intel will add USB 3.0 support to all upcoming models, including entry level SKUs. This has been a problem with Intel rigs for ages and it is rather annoying. AMD added USB 3.0 support ages ago and even the cheapest Brazos-based nettops had it three years ago.

fat-intel-nuc

 

Last modified on Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:42

Fudzilla staff

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments