Intel's Bay Trail NUC is available online

Remember that Bay Trail-powered NUC we told you about in September? The system has appeared on Intel's website, and AVA Direct has started selling it online. Better yet, the asking price for the barebones configuration is only $145.

The DN2820FYKH barebones kit is based on a tiny NUC chassis that measures just 4.6" x 4.4" x 2" (117 x 112 x 52 mm). Inside sits a Celeron N2820 processor with dual Silvermont cores clocked at 2.4GHz. That frequency matches the top speed of the Atom Z3770, which is the fastest Bay Trail implementation we've seen, but the Z3770 has twice as many cores. At least the Celeron runs at 2.4GHz all the time. It also has a higher maximum graphics clock: 756MHz versus 667MHz for the Atom.

Users can add up to 8GB of DDR3 memory via the motherboard's SO-DIMM slot. The board also has a Mini PCIe slot dedicated to the system's wireless card, which supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel's Wireless Display tech. A single 3Gbps SATA port is provided for the chassis' 2.5" drive bay. That bay surely supports standard 9.5-mm drives, but it's unclear whether fatter 12.5- and 15-mm models will fit. It would be nice to be able to stuff one of these 2TB drives into the thing.

On the outside, the Bay Trail NUC is reasonably well equipped. An IR sensor and USB 3.0 port share the front face, while the back panel hosts two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4a video out, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and an analog headset jack.

For $145, that's a pretty sweet package. The kit even includes a VESA adapter that lets you affix the NUC to the back of a monitor or anywhere else you can drive a few screws. If only it were a full-fat Bay Trail implementation. Perhaps a quad-core version will make its way out eventually.

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