Intel details upcoming Apollo Lake-equipped NUCs

Shawn Knight

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Intel has published the technical product specifications for its upcoming “Arches Canyon” NUCs powered by its own Celeron J3455 CPU, a 10W chip with integrated HD Graphics 500 that’s soldered to the motherboard.

Intel will offer two variations of the NUC – one with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage and Windows 10 installed (model NUC6CAYS) and a barebones kit (NUC6CAYH) in which the buyer must supply their own RAM, storage and operating system. Those that opt for the barebones configuration should know that the system supports a maximum of only 8GB of 1600/1866 MHz memory.

Elsewhere, you’ll find two USB 3.0 ports up front (one with fast charging) and two on the rear (sorry, no USB Type-C), a single 2.5-inch slot for a SATA SSD or HDD, an SDXC card reader, a full-size HDMI 2.0 port with CEC that supports up to 4K/60fps, a VGA connector that’s capable of 1,920 x 1,200 resolution at 60Hz, a front-mounted 3.5mm audio jack, a rear-mounted mini-TOSLink connector, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, dual-band 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as an infrared receiver up front.

The specifications match up perfectly to what was listed on the consumer NUC roadmap that leaked online over the summer.

No word yet on pricing nor do we know when exactly Intel plans to launch their Apollo Lake NUCs. With CES now less than a month away, I suspect we’ll hear more about Intel’s plans in early January (if not sooner).

Lead image courtesy Bill Roberson, Digital Trends

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2gb to run Windows 10?

Depends on the version. Like Windows 7, 32-bit Windows 10 only needs 1GB of RAM to run, with 2GB being the "midrange" amount for a decent experience (& you can only go to 4GB anyway). 64-bit Windows 10 technically only needs 2GB to just won't run as well as, say, with 4GB (the "recommended" amount for smooth sailing) or 8GB (mostly what you need if you're going to game).


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For such a low end system. Price is the main determining factor.. and that's an unknown.