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Intel's NUC, and other devices like it, are the future of desktop PCs


I've had the new Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK for around a week or so now, and I'm utterly head-over-heels in love with it. It has become my new desktop/work machine, and has enough power to compete with my much-faster Core i7-4770K desktop machine.

 

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This is all thanks to the improvements made in hardware over the years, as well the introduction of SSDs. Of course, over the years technology has been scaled down, shrunk down, all with lower power consumption and less heat output. This results in Intel pushing the Next Unit of Computing, or NUC. The kit I have is the D54250WYK, which features a fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4250U processor.

 

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G.Skill provided us with some slick RipJaws memory, a 16GB kit of 1600MHz in something this small is impressive. USB 3.0 ports all-round, miniDisplayPort which easily pumps out 2560x1440 to each of my ASUS PB278Q displays and microHDMI, too. The biggest inclusion on the new NUC Kit is the Gigabit Ethernet port, which is something I truly tip my hat at Intel for - thanks, guys!

 

I notice no difference when I'm using it for everyday work, which involves Chrome (and many tabs), YouTube videos, VLC use, and that's about it. It cranks along, and never slows down with everything I've thrown at it. My full review will be released next week, so tune back to TweakTown soon!

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