Intel's Newest NUC Kit Includes a 2.5-inch Drive Bay

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Wily_One

I really like the concept of this form factor; great for headless deployments. I just wish the price was a bit lower.

Still looking for the sweet spot of something in between a NUC and a Raspberry Pi.

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Meat_Juice

I've been thinking this could be a viable machine for streaming HD media to the bedroom. I have a Pivos Exos and a Patriot Alpine. The Exos can't do it and the Alpine doesn't do it well. I've been waiting for this generation of Intel product but based on the comments here I'm not so sure. Might be better off buying a Popcorn media player for this kind of money. Any thoughts?

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Pie Eater

I won't be getting this, the CPU is super weak. Looking at Passmark scores, this CPU has a score of 3,482, which is just barely above a Pentium G3420 score of 3,393. Glad to see this generation has a 2.5" drive, though.

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Gikero

What makes this CPU a i5 class CPU? Is it the graphics portion? I asked because its dual core, lower clock speed ( I get why), and only has 3MB of cache. Seems like it would be a i3 class CPU, unless there is more to the differentiation that I am not aware of.

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gamingwithnetbooks

The only thing that makes much of a difference is Turbo Boost. i5's get it, i3's don't.

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tony2tonez

I haven been thinking of getting one for a while. Great space saver and easy to use for my wife cs6.

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Innomasta

Intel HD5000... This is IRIS then?

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gamingwithnetbooks

Nope. There are HD Graphics 5000, Iris Graphics 5100, and Iris Pro Graphics 5200, but no Iris Graphics 5000.

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The Mac

i was under the impression all HD5000+ were Iris...

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gamingwithnetbooks

They might as well be, the only difference between the HD 5000 and the Iris 5100 is the max turbo speed. It's all marketing.

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The Mac

supposedly.

Kinda lame with a dual core 15watt TDP cpu though.