Intel’s next generation NUC has been spotted by Legit Reviews at PAX Prime 2013. The new NUC will be powered by Intel’s Haswell CPU, the particular model that was spotted – D54250WYK – uses an Intel Core i5 4250U clocked at 1.3GHz across both cores. With turbo mode the device can reach 2.6GHz and has 3MB of smart cache. The processor, being a Core i5, supports Intel’s Hyper Threading and is 64 bit capable.
Intel have also updated the graphics part on the D54250WYK by implementing HD 5000 graphics (200-1000MHz) that has one mini DisplayPort out and another mini HDMI out to support dual independent displays. In total the Core i5 4250U has a tiny TDP of just 15W.Intel will release three other Haswell powered NUC kits later on this year including the D34010WYK and Boards D54250WYB, D34010WYKB. Apparently none of them will use a Thunderbolt solution.
In terms of additional features over current generation NUCs there are a pair of USB 3.0 ports at the front, a HD audio 3.5mm jack and an IR sensor. The original NUC had just a single USB port. The overall system footprint is smaller than the Ivy Bridge based predecessors and in total the unit is about 0.19 inches smaller in heigh or about 12% less thick. This size reduction comes despite the implementation of more copper cooling fins to prevent overheating problems that the original NUC had. The rear I/O includes Intel Gigabit LAN, mini HDMI 1.4a, mini DisplayPort 1.2 (both video outputs also support 7.1 channel audio) and the power connector which uses a 65W brick. Intel say the maximum power draw of a fully loaded Intel D54250WYK NUC system would be 64.32W.
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