Simply NUC's Ryzen-powered Sequoia doesn't have Intel inside
Intel's NUC line has completely dominated the UCFF (ultra compact form factor) market for the better part of a decade. But things may change with the recent announcement of the AMD Ryzen-powered Sequoia by UK-based Simply NUC.
The Sequoia is available in two variants, the Sequoia v6 and Sequoia v8, available for £560 and £445 respectively. Both have the same chassis and come with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 128 GB SSD. The v6 features a Ryzen Embedded V1605B SoC, with a 25W TDP and Vega 8 graphics, while the more expensive v8 uses the V1807B. Although both are 4-core 8-thread Zen 2 parts, the 1807B nets you higher CPU clockspeeds, a generous 35W TDP, and Vega 11 graphics.
Weighing in at just 0.7 kg, you'd have trouble telling the Sequoia apart from an Islay Canyon NUC.
It's by no means the first small form-factor PC built with AMD hardware, though. For instance, there is the upcoming Smach Z handheld features the Ryzen V105B SoC. What sets the Sequoia apart is that it's the first AMD-powered competitor in the Intel-dominated UCFF space.
Who is the Sequoia for, though? Simply NUC describes it as a "rugged, long-lasting unit, able to withstand ambient temperatures up to 60 degrees. It's built to power free-standing utilities, kiosks, data arrays, and digital signage, not your HTPC setup.
However, at £560, the Sequoia v8 is considerably cheaper than a specced-out Islay Canyon NUC. You get similar CPU performance, substantially faster GPU performance, and possibly better thermals, thanks to the heat resistant chassis. If you're in the market for an SFF PC, this not-quite NUC might just do the trick, at a cheaper price.
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