£144 Intel NUC shows company’s ambitions

Intel's "next unit of computing" initiative is a clear drive towards making any computing device as discrete as possible with a view of making computers as compact as possible. Ebuyer sells the cheapest model, the DCCP847DYE, for just under £144 with free delivery with a more powerful Core i3-3217U model available for around £200.

That computer is tiny with a 4in x 4in form factor (that's about 103cm^2), what Intel calls an Ultra Compact form factor. It runs on a dual-core Intel Celeron processor with a 17W TDP with an integrated GPU and memory controller with an Intel QS77 chipset handling all that.

It takes up to two 8GB SODIMM memory modules and offers a variety of connectors that makes it very versatile. That includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, one PCI-e half-mini card connector and a PCI-e full-mini card connector, an internal mSATA port, five USB 2.0 ports, two HDMI connectors.

Intel doesn't seem to be keen to push NUC for now perhaps because it would mean competing directly with some of its closest ally in a market that's saturated. For more, read Intel NUC DC53427HYE preview here.

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