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Intel to release more affordable NUCs in next month

by on28 May 2015

Dem bones, dem bones. Dem barebones

Intel's website has a new spec sheet up which claims that it is planning to release a new new line of NUC (Next Unit of Computing) PCs releasing this June.

So far this has only been hinted, but is now at least official. The NUC's will come with Braswell chips which are the next evolution in the company's line of Bay Trail CPUs designed for ultra-mobile applications.

The chips are low-power, low-heat processors made with the express purpose of fitting as much capability as possible in tight spaces that don't have much extra room to spare.

The NUC5CPYH will feature a 1.6GHz Celeron N3050 dual-core processor, while the NUC5PPYH will stock itself with a 1.6 GHz Pentium N3700 quad-core.
Intel NUC Board NUC5CPYB has a soldered-down System-on-a-Chip (SoC), which consists of a dual-core Intel Celeron processor N3050 with up to 6 W TDP. This has integrated graphics and memory controller. The PCH Intel NUC Board NUC5PPYB has a soldered-down System-on-a-Chip (SoC), which consists of a quad-core Intel Pentium processor N3700 with up to 6 W TDP.

Its 64-bit processors use Intel's 14nm fabrication process, both support 8GB of RAM. Display capabilities will be handled by Intel HD graphics. The graphics are 320MHz on the Celeron but the Pentium will go to 400MHz with urst speeds of 700MHz.

Unlike the Core-powered NUCs the new systems won't do 4K for love nor money.

The NUCs will have 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out, audio out, an RJ45 Ethernet port, and an SD card reader. You will have to buy and install your own SSD, which is a bit of an arse.

The base Celeron model will retail starting at just $140, while the Pentium version will set you back $180 when they go on sale next month.

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