Intel’s NUC (next unit of computing) ultra-compact desktop has been becoming increasingly popular, giving users the same performance of desktops that are ten times its size. Intel NUC units have been limited to Core i5 processors, but it looks like Intel will be changing that. Intel is working on a new unit that will feature a Core i7 processor based on Intel’s 5th generation “Broadwell” technology.
This new NUC model will be the “NUC5i7RYH” and will be powered by a Core i7-557U dual-core processor. This processor packs 2 cores, 4 threads, 3.40 GHz clocks, 4 MB L3, dual-channel DDR3L-1866 IMC and Intel Iris-6100 graphics. This could bring NUCs to a whole new level and bring the first Steambox-ready NUC to market. Since the chip has a TDP of 28W Intel is likely to use a fan cooling solution on this version of the NUC.