Intel recently revealed that its first NUC mini computer with a Core i7 processor is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2015. But it turns out that’s not the only thing that makes the new system special.
The Intel NUC5i7RYH will also be the first member of the NUC family to feature Intel Iris graphics.
Intel’s NUC line of computers are small form-factor desktop PCs featuring the latest Intel processors and related technologies. This year’s lineup feature Intel Broadwell processors, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort output for connecting multiple displays, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and four USB 3.0 ports.
FanlessTech found a spec sheet for the Core i7 model, which shows that it’ll have a 28 watt Core i7-5557U processor with Intel Iris Graphics 6100, which means it’ll have a higher-performance GPU than the Intel HD 5500 graphics used by other Broadwell-based NUC computers.
The system has room for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD, an M.2 SSD card slot, and support for up to 16GB of RAM. Other features of this 4.5″ x 4.4″ x 1.9″ computer include 7.1 channel audio, NFC, and support for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Linux.
This won’t be the first tiny desktop computer with serious computing power. Gigabyte has been offering its own line of BRIX mini-desktops for years, including models with Core i7 chips and and models with NVIDIA graphics.