Introduction

Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is a barebone mini personal computer (PC) compatible with many versions of Linux and Windows operating systems.

The early two versions of the NUC released were the DC3217IYE and the DC3217BY. The two kits come in a 4" x 4" UCFF motherboard with core i3-3217U processor at 1.80 GHz clock speed, 3MB cache and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. There are two SO-DIMM memory slots supporting upto 8 GB DDR3 1066/1333 MHz RAM each.

Intel® NUC Kit NUC5PPYH

For the DC3217BY kit, the I/O ports comprise of a power connector (65 W), an HDMI (1.4a) port, a Thunderbolt (1.1a) port, and three USB 2.0 ports (one located at the front panel). The DC3217IYE kit differs from the former in that it do not have a Thunderbolt port but instead have two HDMI ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The latest generation of NUCs are based on Intel's 6th Generation Skylake Processors. All of its models include

  • Dual-channel DDR4 RAM (2133 MHz, 1.2V SO-DIMM, 32 GB)
  • A Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, upto 867 Mbps
  • M.2 (22x42, 22×80) card supporting PCIe 2.0 (x1, x2 and x4) and SATA 6 Gbit/s
  • SDXC slot with UHS-I support
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 7.1 digital audio (via HDMI MiniDP)
  • Bluetooth 4.1 (dual-mode topology)
  • Intel Wireless Display (Intel WiDi)

A list of various Linux/Windows operating systems supported by an NUC kit can be found under the following link http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000005628.html