Intel gives its tiny Compute Stick a boost with Core M processors

By Shawn Knight
Jan 8, 2016
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  1. Intel showcased its tiny Compute Stick at last year's Consumer Electronics Show. Unbeknownst at the time, the portable HDMI PC would inspire a whole new category of computers and spawn numerous me-too devices.

    The Compute Stick has returned for its second CES, this time packing much more powerful hardware that addresses one of the original's weak points - processing power.

    Two of the three new Compute Sticks are powered by Intel Core M processors. Specifically, there will be a SKU with a Core m3-6Y30 processor and one featuring a faster Core m5-6Y57 vPro processor. Both models will include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

    In addition to the HDMI connection, these new Compute Sticks will have three USB ports (last year's model offered just one USB port).

    Intel hasn't forgotten about its Atom-powered Compute Stick. The refreshed entry-level model is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad-core processor alongside 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash storage. It also packs in dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with 2x2 antennas and two USB ports.

    Intel lists the MSRP for its Core m3 and Core m5 Compute Sticks at $399 and $499, respectively. It's worth pointing out that the Core m3 model comes with Windows 10 pre-installed while the more expensive Core m5 variant doesn't include an operating system. The Atom-powered Compute Stick will run you $159 with Windows 10.

    All models are said to be in production now although an exact launch date hasn't been provided.

    Image courtesy Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

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  2. hojnikb

    hojnikb TS Enthusiast Posts: 28

    Unless this has some active cooling, it will throttle like ****.

    Even lower TDP chipsets like baytrail-t throttle like **** when there is not adequate airflow and a decent sized heatsink (like plastic case with little vent holes).
  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 475   +153

    They do, don't worry.
  4. agb81

    agb81 TS Booster Posts: 77   +38

    400 USD? I'd rather a NUC
  5. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 214   +67

    Ok, but does it run Crysis? :)
    cartera likes this.
  6. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 160   +132

    $400-$500 for a decent Compute Stick?! Ridiculous. Keep dreaming Intel!
  7. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 140   +21

    I might buy one and claim it on my tax.....
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,454   +1,759

    Tell me again, what's this thing for...? :confused:
  9. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Booster Posts: 212   +38

    The problems for the first one (atom) was much worse than 'processing power', it is utterly, laughably, junk.
    investing $500 in their latest alpha experiment is unlikely for this customer, given what they were willing to unleash the first time.

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