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Check this out! Intel's new form-factor called NUC aka Ultrabox.
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Thumbs up Check this out! Intel's new form-factor called NUC aka Ultrabox. - 12-15-2012, 15:24 | posts: 282 | Location: Northern India

Sorry if it has been posted before. Really innovative nevertheless.

http://techreport.com/review/23888/r...t-of-computing
   
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Default 12-15-2012, 16:32 | posts: 15,602 | Location: US East Coast

Looks good. Prices range $299 to $329. Add an mSATA harddrive, memory and wireless adapter....you're looking at upwards of $600 total price. Bit much for an SFF system, imho.


   
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Default 12-15-2012, 16:43 | posts: 12,031 | Location: USA

So is this supposed to be some sort of HTPC in an ultra small form factor?
   
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Default 12-15-2012, 16:49 | posts: 15,602 | Location: US East Coast

Mini computer. 4" x 4" case with an embedded i3 3217U clocked at 1.8ghz.

Newegg, Amazon and other etailers are already selling them and $299 to $329.


   
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So is this supposed to be some sort of HTPC in an ultra small form factor?
Only if ur pirate all movies... No DVD/BD...


   
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Default 12-15-2012, 16:52 | posts: 15,602 | Location: US East Coast

You can buy external optical drives....


   
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Default 12-15-2012, 16:55 | posts: 282 | Location: Northern India

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Mini computer. 4" x 4" case with an embedded i3 3217U clocked at 1.8ghz.

Newegg, Amazon and other etailers are already selling them and $299 to $329.
It'll get cheaper eventually. They always do. Although i agree that as of now, it only worth discussing. Definitely not worth purchasing. Lol.
   
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Default 12-15-2012, 17:13 | posts: 15,602 | Location: US East Coast

Need mSATA harddrive prices to come down, as well as the NUC itself...

$199 for Crucial M4 256GB mSATA harddrive is too high. $125-150 would be easier to swallow. Thinking $225-250 on the NUC itself. You also have to buy a power cord for it....which is a detractor for a lot of people.


   
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but can it run Crysis ?

Someone had to do it, sorry
   
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Looks good. Prices range $299 to $329. Add an mSATA harddrive, memory and wireless adapter....you're looking at upwards of $600 total price. Bit much for an SFF system, imho.
$300 base
$18.50 1x4Gb memory
$70 Crucial M4 64GB msata
$35 wireless adapter

= $423.50

Only if you want a bigger SSD, 8GB memory and an external hard drive do you get anywhere near $600
   
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Default 12-15-2012, 18:43 | posts: 15,602 | Location: US East Coast

Hope you don't plan on doing much with that..... Personally, I like to actually be able to use my computer.

64GB is fine if all you're going to do is browse the web.....but if you store music, movies, pictures, software, etc on your computer....you'll need quite a bit more than 64GB...


   
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Default 12-15-2012, 18:56 | posts: 795 | Location: ND - US

That's actually pretty neat looking, but yeah it'd be most useful for the general consumer as an internet box and/or movie player (with external Bluray drive, of course).

My dad has been wanting to get into computers so something like this would be good for him I think. There are just enough ports to be functional, yet not enough to the point where it confuses him like with a regular PC.

Thanks for the link! I think I may have found him a Christmas present now.
   
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I love it. Only problem i see, is no USB 3.0
I think if it had USB 3.0 it would be a whole different story, as we could use higher speed external harddrives.
64GB is enough for the US and programs, but not enough there in the way of storage.
Even if you goto 128 or 256GB internal, you're still looking at the same problem, not really suitable for storage.
An external USB 3.0 drive would have been the deal maker here, put a 1TB 2.5" drive in an enclosure and you'd be set.

All said, this will still work great if you have a NAS as your main data/movie storage that can be accessed with wifi.
I want one. Just not at those prices. Maybe if it was $150ish
   
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everyone is talking about storage. No one is mentioning cpu power. Its a bit low imo. Even smart phones are nearing the 1.8 mark. My bro has htc one s@1.7ghz cpu. Also it will run windows. Means it will be really slow, unless someone decides to use linux.
   
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I like this, can see this going in my bedroom to stream movies when I get a NAS box built. By the time I get that done though, Haswell will be around and an even better onboard GPU will be available so perhaps even a little light gaming will be good at 1080p on it.
   
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Japan will love this thing.
   
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Default 12-15-2012, 21:39 | posts: 9,516 | Location: Dundee, Scotland

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but can it run Crysis ?

Someone had to do it, sorry
Yep, of course.

Couldn't you just buy a similarly spec'd small form (11-13) laptop for around the same price though? Of course it's slightly bigger, but more useful?
   
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but can it run Crysis ?

Someone had to do it, sorry
it could compete with home consoles if it could
   
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Default 12-15-2012, 23:09 | posts: 15,602 | Location: US East Coast

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everyone is talking about storage. No one is mentioning cpu power. Its a bit low imo. Even smart phones are nearing the 1.8 mark. My bro has htc one s@1.7ghz cpu. Also it will run windows. Means it will be really slow, unless someone decides to use linux.
This isn't meant to be a power house. You also forget that operating frequency is a rather negligible measure of performance.

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Yep, of course.

Couldn't you just buy a similarly spec'd small form (11-13) laptop for around the same price though? Of course it's slightly bigger, but more useful?
laptops aren't targeted at the same market.... This thing is intended to be connected to a TV.....thus, HTPC. A laptop would be out of place in such an application.


   
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If the price falls below 200 ish mark,it is a deal.
   
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laptops aren't targeted at the same market.... This thing is intended to be connected to a TV.....thus, HTPC. A laptop would be out of place in such an application.
Sure, but just connect the laptop to the tv and it's essentially the same? But with a few extras, ie, a backup screen keyboard and mouse.
   
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Sure, but just connect the laptop to the tv and it's essentially the same? But with a few extras, ie, a backup screen keyboard and mouse.
Do they sell i3 laptops with the HD4000 in them for that price? I'm not being sarcastic I'm curious, because i think that's why this is a better buy for HTPC. The HD4000 is pretty rad for streaming everythign all the way to 4k
   
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everyone is talking about storage. No one is mentioning cpu power. Its a bit low imo. Even smart phones are nearing the 1.8 mark. My bro has htc one s@1.7ghz cpu. Also it will run windows. Means it will be really slow, unless someone decides to use linux.
Smartphone CPU's and this one aren't in the same ball park.
You're looking at the GHZ, but forgetting a few major details. Smartphones are built on the arm CPUs. Apples and oranges here.

This ultrabox, with it's current specs, would be able to play a lot of modern games, that if were ported to android would simply crawl.

I don't play WoW, but it was one of the games that came to mind, as well as many other MMOs.

When i saw it, i was wondering if these specs would be good enough for modern emulators.. It'll be able to do all the older emu's no problem, probably even the n64 emus flawlessly.
All i know, is i want one of these things, if only to mess around with it.

PS it looks like the perfect size for a carputer.
   
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PS it looks like the perfect size for a carputer.
I thought the same thing....lol


   
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I thought the same thing....lol
I seem to go on about carputers more than most. But i've been using one for a long time, first i started with an old laptop without an LCD, using an IDE to compactflash adapter for the harddrive.

Then i upgraded to a mini-ITX which was a big boost, but was still slow, at a single core intel atom.

Now a Core i3, looks like a really nice boost.
   
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