Intel refreshes NUC with Haswell
Given that companies such as Gigabyte have recently launched ultra compact desktops (Brix) with Intel's Haswell processors inside, it comes as little surprise that Intel has brought the benefits of its latest generation of Core i processors to the NUC kits with the D54250WYK.
This latest iteration in the NUC line features very significant upgrades in both the Core i5 4250U processor with Turbo Boost 2.0, and (perhaps more significantly) the Intel HD 5000 graphics. Other features include space for up to 16 GB RAM, a 4K capable DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI port, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a SATA port, and an IR receptor.
Unlike its predecessors, the D54250WYK should be able to handle some fairly decent games or other graphic intensive tasks, which is certainly an accomplishment given the NUC's small footprint. The inclusion of an IR receptor also makes the system ideal for someone looking for a multimedia hub to hook up to a TV.
As with all bare bones systems, the user has to supply their own RAM, internal storage, and OS. Price and availability haven't been announced yet, though Intel has indicated the new NUC will come with a 3-year warranty.