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Intel debuts $141 power-efficient NUC mini-PC

Jan 27, 2014  |  Eric Brown
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Intel released its most affordable and power-efficient NUC mini-PC yet, equipped with a “Bay Trail” Celeron processor, starting at $141 without RAM or HDD.

Intel’s Linux-friendly (Next Unit of Computing) mini-PCs are aimed at home theater applications, as well as other general-purpose mini-PC duties. Previous models have featured Intel Core processors, including 4th Gen. “Haswell” CPUs, but for the first time, Intel has launched a NUC Kit DN2820FYKH model based on the Celeron N2820. This 2.4GHz dual-core processor shares the same 22nm “Silvermont” architecture as the Atom E3800 (Bay Trail-I).



Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH

 
Despite the quiet launch — Liliputing appears to have been first on the case — the NUC Kit DN2820FYKH is significant in that it’s both the cheapest and most power stingy NUC yet. The Celeron N2820 has a 7.5 Watt TDP, or 4.5 Watts according to Intel’s SDP (Scenario Design Power) scheme.

The $141 price is somewhat misleading, as the NUC Kit DN2820FYKH is sold as a barebones system, without RAM. There’s no flash storage, only 2.5-inch hard disk drives. TheBookPC.com sells the system with a base-level of 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 250GB HDD for $239. Windows costs at least $99 more, but you can always load your own Linux build, and presumably, Android as well. The system ships with Intel Visual Boot Manager, which lets you “easily manage your boot choices between two or more OS installations,” according to Intel.

The Intel Celeron N2820 arrived in the fourth quarter, and offers a more affordable, dual-core alternative to the originally announced quad-core “Bay Trail” versions of the Celeron: the 2GHz, 10W TDP Celeron J1900 and 1.86GHz, 7.5W Celeron N2920. The new 2.4GHz N2820 offers a 1MB cache and provides Intel HD Graphics.



NUC Kit DN2820FYKH port detail
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The 4.6 x 4.4 x 2.0-inch NUC Kit DN2820FYKH is equipped with an HDMI port, a gigabit Ethernet port, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 via Intel’s Wireless-N 7260BN module. A USB 3.0 port and dual USB 2.0 ports are also provided, along with audio I/O and an IR sensor.

The VESA-mountable computer runs on 12V, 36W power, and ships with a wall-mountable AC adapter. The “low-acoustics” active cooling design supports temperatures ranging from 0 to 50° C, says Intel.

Specifications listed for the Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH include:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron N2820 (2x “Bay-Trail-I” cores @ 2.4GHz); 1MB cache; Intel HD Graphics (756MHz); Intel Visual BIOS and boot manager
  • Memory — supports up to 8GB DDR3L 1333/1600MHz (down-clocked to 1066MHz) via 1x SODIMM
  • Storage — 2.5-inch HDD or SDD bay
  • Display — HDMI 1.4, with 7.1 surround audio
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 (includes antennas) via half-length Mini-PCIe based Intel Wireless-N 7260BN module
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 (front-facing)
    • 2x USB 2.0
    • Audio headphone and mic jack
  • Other features — IR sensor; VESA mounting; supports Kensington lock
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 50° C
  • Power — 12V, 36W DC with wall-mount AC adapter with multi-country AC plugs
  • Dimensions — 117 x 112 x 52mm (4.6 x 4.4 x 2.0 inches)
  • Operating system — Windows versions available; also supports Linux

 
Further information

The NUC Kit DN2820FYKH is available starting at $141 to $144 barebones (about $239 minimally configured) at various locations including Tranquil PC, Amazon.com, and TheBookPC.com. More information may be found at Intel’s NUC Kit DN2820FYKH product page.
 

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5 Responses to “Intel debuts $141 power-efficient NUC mini-PC”

  1. AC says:

    No VGA-out = useless.

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