Intel Prepares To Release a DIY Palm Sized Ivy Bridge Kit

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JeyNyce

It's nice, but way overprice. If they sold it for $200 I would definitely buy one. It may be cheaper to try and build one yourself instead of buying one

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bootz

The price of the Mac Mini, given the middling grade notebook parts inside, may be insane but the form factor is very convenient: I use one mostly running Windows every day. There is nothing comparable in the PC world available to general consumers, its either a big (mostly empty)box or an all-in-one. There is no reason a small box like this could not be sold in the Wintel world fully equipped at a sub $400 price point exchanging the SSD for a mechanical drive a la the Mac Mini.

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satrain18

Man... After reading all the comments, this makes me wanna get a Raspberry Pi instead.

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warptek2010

How much would something like this cost with an AMP APU? You'd be getting a much better graphics core and probably a much better chipset in the 990 series. And whats with the So-Dimm ram? Couldn't make a board that accepts regular DDR3?

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tomkat2

Is this a joke? This thing looks like a rip-off of the Mac Mini. Only it doesn't come with an OS.

PC makers need to stop thinking about their products as science kits and start selling complete, well-supported products. The only way this could be worse is if it came packaged with Windows 8.

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Happy

$500? The only reason it is this expensive is because if it were inexpensive then this thing would sell a lot of units. They are scared that if it sold a lot of units then it would become too popular and would eat into sales of their other products that have more expensive chips. Their greed is holding back mankind's progress.

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Mediziner

Not really, I'm pretty sure that because they manufacture this themselves, they're making moar profit this than a more expensive chip.

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Mediziner

Not really, I'm pretty sure that because they manufacture this themselves, they're making moar profit this than a more expensive chip.

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And3rs0nTX

WAY overpriced just like the rest of Intels shit.

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Mediziner

I agree with you on that it's overpriced, but the general public (and 99.9% of the people I know don't look at the specs or anything. They just look at the price and see if it's cheap enough... execpt for Apple, unfortuantely) doesn't know a thing about computers. EVERYBODY in my class says that crApple are the best computers ever. No joke. They're like "My brother has a macbook pro and it is the BEST!!!" I'm pretty sure this one guy thinks that the macbook pro can outpreform my next rig with a intel 2600K...
How in the world did this comment turn from an intel thingy into an Apple rant?

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Liseg

This seems premature and should become very enticing with the release of Haswell. Lower power, higher performing CPUs and integrated USB 3.0 will make this a strong consideration as an htpc.

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w2ed

One of the big things that dissuades me on this size is price - you can build something that's almost as fast as this, if not faster, for a cheaper price, with the only flaw being it's a little bigger. Even better, I can add options that wouldn't be available at that price, such as a decent graphics and sound card, if I want, and making it into something else - such as a server - wouldn't be difficult as it got older.

That's not to say that I wouldn't want something that size - it's almost perfect for an entertainment center rig, as I'd only need an external Blu-Rray drive for disc playback. Options and scalability are more important than size to me, and I don't think you should pay more to get less in this department simply so you could have smaller.

(I'm also not a fan of electronics I can crush with either my bare hands or my butt - and that thing could easily be in pieces in 5 seconds by me - on accident, no less.)

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vrmlbasic

I can't say that I'd feel confident about using an external BD player with this thing. Streaming BD over USB 2.0 does not sound like a solid solution IMO.

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bigrigross

You cant stream Blu-ray over USB. It wont play because of the crappy HDCP crud. I tried it myself with both USB 3.0 and 2.0 and my software refuses to play it. So unless you have the masterkey, USB is worthless for streaming video from a blu-ray player.

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satrain18

It's kinda weird that Intel want us to choose between the one with gigabit ethernet, two HDMI ports and no (almost worthless) Thunderbolt and the one with (almost worthless) Thunderbolt, no ehternet at all, and only one HDMI port (Hint: pick the ethernet model). Nevertheless, this makes for a great XBMCbuntu build.

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T3RR0RH4WK

I'd rather take the AMD unit by Zotac due to AMD's APUs being that much better in all-around HD video watching and even some other things, it seems. I've only seen one in action before, and its HD playback is pretty nice. I dunno if I'd trust Intel's pitiful HDxxxx graphics. :|

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cmasupra

HD 4000 actually beats low end video cards. It will be plenty powerful enough. However, AMD's APUs are still better at graphics, as you said.

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vrmlbasic

Define "low end video cards". The only modern discreet GPUs that HD 4000 can best are GPUs that are too underpowered to be relevant. As they say, "when you aim at the ground, it is hard to miss".

I wouldn't settle upon being locked into HD 4000 graphics, as this device would have you be.

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