Intel’s tiny desktop PC for DIYers coming this month

Intel’s diminutive desktop is strictly for Do-it-Yourselfers. It should be priced at around $300 at retailers later this month.

Online retailers will begin selling a 4.5-inch-wide Intel-branded desktop PC for do-it-yourselfers later this month.

The product name is a mouthful — the “Next Unit of Computing,” or NUC for short.

“It’s geared more to home theater/home media center,” said Intel spokesperson Dan Snyder. One usage scenario he suggested: slap it on the back of a wide-screen display (see photo below).

But note: as Anandtech points out, it is truly a bare-bones system aimed at DIYers.

So, don’t expect to get built-in memory, storage, or even a power cord. “It is not sold as a full system, but just the board and chassis,” Snyder said.

That said, let’s look at what you do get:

  • Processor: 1.8GHz Intel Core i3 3217U power-efficient Ivy Bridge processor
  • Chipset: Intel QS77 Express Chipset
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Ports: Dual HDMI Ports, USB 2.0
  • Network: Integrated Intel 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Slots: 1 full (supporting mSATA) and 1 half-length mini-PCIe slots
  • Memory: support for Dual-channel DDR3; 1600/1333/1066 MHz.

A couple of models will be available — both offering… [Read more]

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