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 Windows 8 compatibility -- in a few weeks on Amazon, Newegg, and other online retailers.
The DC3217BY is one model (spec'd above) that Intel will offer to online retailers this month.
Pricing is expected to be around $300.