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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    • melk
    • 5 years ago

    I really don’t know why anyone would buy this instead of the Haswell NUC?

      • vandy
      • 5 years ago

      Because the cheapest haswell nuc is more than double the price. I personally really like this because of the low power consumption and won’t break the bank leaving it on 24/7 running linux + owncloud / ftp / torrent / openvpn / ssh tunnel / pfsense etc etc etc. Throw in a 4gb stick of ram and a “old” 64gb ssd and you are good to go!

        • NeelyCam
        • 5 years ago

        Neither of them idles at power level that would break the bank. Even the old Ivy Bridge one idles at <10W.

        • Deanjo
        • 5 years ago

        [quote<] leaving it on 24/7 running linux + owncloud / ftp / torrent / openvpn / ssh tunnel / pfsense [/quote<] For pfsense, openvpn, ssh tunnel there are better options out there. What really hurts is that there is only one NIC for those purposes. AES-NI support would also be nice for those applications as well.

          • chuckula
          • 5 years ago

          [quote<]AES-NI support would also be nice for those applications as well.[/quote<] AES-NI is really only needed in these situations: 1. Encrypted filesystems that use AES ciphers (especially on a high-end storage devices with high bandwidth). 2. In very high-bandwidth server environments (like 10Gbit+ or a crapton of independent gigabit ports). In a home network environment, I've used a rather obsolete 2010-era Atom to do transfers over SSH that saturate 100Mbit and even gets a gigabit link up to ~50% utilization. Over a WAN (with the possible exception of google fiber) even that anemic Atom can easily saturate the available bandwidth. Don't get me wrong, AES-NI is very cool and useful in the right situations, but for smaller-scale systems, it just isn't necessary because something else tends to be the bottleneck.

            • Deanjo
            • 5 years ago

            Oh I agree that it’s not a necessity, it still would be a nice feature to have. My main concern would be the lack of a secondary NIC as my home connection easily saturates a USB 2 NIC dongle (which are pretty crappy as it is). I know it has one USB 3 port and USB 3 network adapters are available but I would prefer a solution that had a second nic built on (and preferably intel).

    • NeelyCam
    • 5 years ago

    Please make it all-black

      • stdRaichu
      • 5 years ago

      That would make it vulnerable to hakas.

        • Mourmain
        • 5 years ago

        These [url=http://medya.todayszaman.com/todayszaman/2009/06/04/travel01.jpg<]Hakas[/url<]?

      • Deanjo
      • 5 years ago

      Polka-dots are the new black this winter.

    • SixIron
    • 5 years ago

    I LOVE these little boxes. I bought a Gigabyte Brix Haswell Core i3 model a few days ago. It was probably overkill for its intended use and at $299 (plus ram and msata ssd), frankly, this unit probably would have fit the bill just as nicely. If I had only waited a few days, I probably would have bought this instead.

      • NeelyCam
      • 5 years ago

      You could return the Brix…

      I have one of the original Ivy Bridge based ones, and a few days ago I got supremely annoyed trying to watch NCIS off the CBS website. The stream was disgustingly choppy, with the CPU running around 80-90%.. Probably an issue with the streaming “app” not harnessing hardware decoding, and overall just being bad unoptimized software, but – damn – at that point I wished I had something a little bit more powerful inside that little box…

      I’m really waiting for Broadwell to be a magic bullet for all my needs. I know desktop folks justifiably expect little-to-zero benefit from it, but to me it represents a potential promise of a true desktop performance in a tiny form factor (like in a NUC/laptop).

    • HorseIicious
    • 5 years ago

    Too bad Windows can’t act as a Media Center Extender for other another installation. Otherwise these would be perfect little devices for set top replacements all over the house.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 5 years ago

      Why would you need a full install of Windows to act as a MCE? Just play the files over the network.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 5 years ago

    Meanwhile, a similar little box with enough power to be useful is seriously overpriced.
    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856164012[/url<]

      • NeelyCam
      • 5 years ago

      It caters to people who want to squeeze in as much performance as possible into as small a form factor as possible. If I didn’t have a NUC already, I’d be [i<]very[/i<] tempted. But I'll wait for Broadwell... or maybe even [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannonlake<]Cannonlake[/url<]

      • Kurotetsu
      • 5 years ago

      Doesn’t seem overpriced to me, given the hardware its cramming into that thing.

    • NovusBogus
    • 5 years ago

    Dual core Bay Trail with a 2.5″ drive? And some sort of new firmware multiboot system? And they only want 150 bucks for it? Shut up and take my money!

    To be fair, $180 gets you an embedded i3 with much better memory support, but slower clock speed and no 2.5″ drive.

    • shaurz
    • 5 years ago

    They should make one with 2 3.5″ bays to make a cheap custom NAS.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 5 years ago

      A 3.5″ drive is longer than any of the dimensions of this case.

        • Deanjo
        • 5 years ago

        Pffft, hacksaw and duct tape cures all.

    • christos_thski
    • 5 years ago

    So how does this compare to, say, Celeron 1007U, which has pretty much an identical performance to the Core 2 Duo E4400 of old?

    • internetsandman
    • 5 years ago

    Do any of these NUC’s support digital audio output via S/PDIF or is it just USB and HDMI?

    • jthh
    • 5 years ago

    Also. Intel’s “Recommended Customer Price” is $128.00
    [url<]http://ark.intel.com/products/78953/Intel-NUC-Kit-DN2820FYK[/url<] I'm not paying over that for this. $99.99 anyone?

    • Milo Burke
    • 5 years ago

    I wish there were two DIMMs. But it’s still an attractive product.

    Anyone have a guess how the performance would be for running Windows 8 for web surfing, music streaming, and other light duties? What about 1080p movie playback?

      • homerdog
      • 5 years ago

      The performance would be fine for all of those things.

        • demani
        • 5 years ago

        Silverlight and flash decoding at 1080p (knowing the exact codec used in the container may also matter)? HTML5 video delivery? Just wondering, as this along with a K400 would be a nice little inexpensive HTPC set up.

          • GTVic
          • 5 years ago

          Decoding the new x265?

    • jthh
    • 5 years ago

    [quote<] A single 3Gbps SATA port is provided for the chassis' 2.5" drive bay.[/quote<] Wait, it might be my illness onset taking over my brain, but is that correct? Why only 3Gbps? I might want this for a HTPC to replace my aging PS3.

      • Milo Burke
      • 5 years ago

      Because SATA II is cheaper than SATA III. But that’s still 250+ MB/s actual performance from an SSD, and you’d never notice what you’re missing on a HDD.

      • chuckula
      • 5 years ago

      [quote<]Why only 3Gbps?[/quote<] Because this thing is basically using a tablet SoC and tablets almost never use real SATA drives, so Intel threw in a lower-power smaller SATA-II controller instead.

      • mczak
      • 5 years ago

      SATA II only is a limitation of Bay Trail itself. I guess intel deemed it sufficient for the target markets.
      (Some other limitations of this box are not limitations of Bay Trail, in particular it could have two sata ii ports, and the chip even has a dual-channel memory controller hence two dimms certainly could be supported.)

    • Chaseme
    • 5 years ago

    Ordered 2 on Monday from provantage for $130ea. Still waiting for them to arrive though. Early news is these are a PITA for HTPC/XBMC/Openelec however.

      • Milo Burke
      • 5 years ago

      In what ways are they difficult/less than preferred?

        • Deanjo
        • 5 years ago

        Deinterlacing performance and video tearing are the big issues. The IR for the remote is also PITA to setup if you are not familiar with lirc. Most of that should be fixed up in future releases however with updated video drivers and patches for the remote being included in future LIRC releases.

        • Chaseme
        • 5 years ago

        Got mine yesterday. Wont boot from Openelec USB sticks at all. Wont boot from the HD pulled from my HTPC (openelec). BIOS is practically in a beta state it’s so buggy. Terribly disappointed in this thing so far.

          • Deanjo
          • 5 years ago

          Here is a trick, make sure you have CSM turned on, set the boot to legacy mode and preformat your harddrive to use MBR (don’t use GPT). It should install fine. Ironically, Intel boards for the last while are farming out the BIOS development to Phoenix. As a result the eUFI implementation is very buggy for any OS other than Windows (a trend that started with the 7 series boards).

    • smilingcrow
    • 5 years ago

    If cheap Bay Trail tablets are using a quad core CPU then why can’t these also?
    Seems the wrong way round to me!

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 5 years ago

      Those run 1.33 to 1.46 GHz with 4 cores. 2 cores always at 2.4 GHz may be faster, and the GPU certainly is.

      The faster quad-cores are Pentium branded and have much higher price tags.

        • smilingcrow
        • 5 years ago

        I’d take a CPU that can run at 1.46 with 4 cores/2.4 with 4 cores rather than one limited to just the later.

        • mczak
        • 5 years ago

        That’s not exactly true. The tablet bay trail z3740 has been shown to never lower the clock below its peak turbo of 1.86Ghz even with cpu stress tests in practice. Only if there’s also a gpu load does the clock get lowered. The z3770 though may not quite always stay at 2.4Ghz, but it should not be far below that neither (with the same exception, combined cpu+gpu load).
        Though because the TDP of these desktop/mobile chips is higher than that of the tablet versions they simply don’t have any turbo and can maintain their peak frequencies all the time.

    • sweatshopking
    • 5 years ago

    how does the gpu compare to the regular z3770?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 5 years ago

      sup? -1

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