If you are not yet convinced that a tiny computer can satisfy all your needs just like a full-size, fifth-WALNUT The chip giant might do the job
After an unusual period of industrial silence, it seems that Intel is almost ready to pick up gear and return to our lives with new processor families - this time for the masses, And not just players and professionals with deep pockets. we are talking about The Kaby Lake וApollo Lake Of course, they are supposed to win official performances over the next two months, and in the meantime are starring in a number of very interesting slides At the fanlesstech.com site, As those who will launch a new generation of Compact NUC Computers.
The new generation will continue to provide us with portable dual-core Core i processors, with low-profile models that will be based on SSDs only with an M.2 connection and higher models that will also contain one 3-inch SATA 2.5 drive slot, with a choice of Core series processor i3 in the base models, Core i5 processor in the mid-range models - and also a very intriguing Core i7 processor with a built-in graphics core from the Iris family of Intel And with an enlarged thermal envelope of 28 watts in the upper model.
TheCore The new ones will offer a combined aluminum and plastic shell in black or dark gray - which looks much better than the silver of the models from previous years, in our opinion
Some NUC core models (named after Baby Canyon) will include one type USB Type C connection with support for Thunderbolt 3 technology for transmitting data up to 40 GbpsAnd support for connecting external video card stands, as you will recall), And all models will also offer a pair of grooves for memories DDR4 Up to 32 GB and output HDMI 2.0, to support advanced display resolutions of up to Ultra-HD. Not bad at all.
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At the low end, a pair of NUC models will be proposed based on the new atom processor family (one with a system Windows 10 pre-installed and the other with no operating system), high version with 2.5-inch drive and no M.2 connector, 14-inch Celeron-branded core processor, support for 3GB maximum DDR8L memory and connection HDMI 2.0 with support for Ultra-HD display, next to the old analog VGA connection.
This is another important upgrade for the NUC family, which seems to be more effective and relevant with each generation Processors New - and we are expected to meet them in stores starting in the last quarter of 2016, when we can only hope that the prices will also be more surprising and competitive than we have met in the past.
In parallel with Intel's own plans, it seems that other players in the field of hardware are already preparing products based on new generation chips, as can be seen in the documentation of this miniature motherboard from ECS (the popular manufacturer of computers from the LIVA family), which is also based on the Apollo Lake chip , From the site anandtech.com