would do a great little HTPC. Note that intel quotes the price of the processor alone to ~$280...
posted: Dec. 11, 2013 @ 1:52p
Accidentally purchased 1.5V DDR3 memory for this. Edited title to note that this is NOT compatible - use 1.35V memory (has 2x204 pin slots).
Also, grabbed Intel 525 Series Lincoln Crest SSDMCEAC060B301 mSATA 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for $79.99 at Link from Newegg - seems like a good price.
I have a call in to find out with Newegg what the available power cord options mean. Amazon typically ships this item for $299 and it does not include a power cord.
Comparison vs. 2012 NUC: (my selling point was the built in IR receiver)
How much of an improvement is it?
i3 Ivy Bridge CPU
i3 Haswell CPU
Should yield some performance improvement, although the original was fast enough that it may not be noticeable.
3 USB 2.0 ports
4 USB 3.0 ports
BIG improvement. Faster and more is always nice.
2 standard HDMI
1 mini-HDMI and one Displayport
Kind of a 6-of-1, half-dozen of the other thing for me as I don't have multiple monitors. It will require different cables or at minimum an HDMI to mini-HDMI adapter. Not a biggie.
No headphone jack
This is huge. It may seem minor but if you're using the NUC as a PC replacement this expands your options for audio many times over.
Built-in IR receiver
This is big for the HTPC crowd. It saves using up one of your USB ports for an external IR receiver for your remote. Very nice
1 GB ethernet port
1 GB ethernet port
No change here. Still nice to have Ethernet when you need it, and it's not in the way if you don't.
Intel 4000 Graphics
Intel 4400 Graphics
This should be a real improvement for gaming…yes I said GAMING. Stop laughing, I'm serious. My original NUC played many modern games surprisingly well, so I'm going to try some more graphics-intensive games on this one.
If they keep making this smaller every time pretty soon we'll be able to just plug one into our brain.
Black on black finish
Brushed aluminum/black case
Purely aesthetic. Both look very cool. Some of it comes down to the use. If you have it somewhere where you want it to be noticed then the new finish is the way to go. If it's going to be mounted on the back of a monitor or tv it won't matter.
posted: Dec. 11, 2013 @ 2:09p
Gigabyte BRIX How does it compare with this one. $30 more than the Intel, but comes with its own Wireless module and full-HDMI.
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