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A CLOSER LOOK
Intel offers the package as a barebones with case, CPU-embedded motherboard
and PSU. It comes in a small retail box. An AC cord is not provided, presumably
because of the hassles of matching the AC plug for all the various places in
the world where this product will be sold. The AC interface is a 3-plug C6 or
The Intel NUC DC3217BY package: Case, motherboard inside it,
19V 65W notebook adapter, pictorial assembly sheet. Not shown, oacked
under the case, is a metal VESA adapter plate which allows the NUC to
be mounted on the back of a monitor. The half-size mini-PCIe wireless
card and full mini-PCIe mSATA SSDs pictured above are not standard but
provided as part of the review kit.
Here is the backside: AC input, two USB 2.0 ports. HDMI and Thunderbolt.
The latter combines combines the functionality of mini-DisplayPort for
video and PCI Express for other data. Note the small exhaust vents along
the top edge of the back panel.
The underside of the case has a grid of slots which acts as an intake
vent for the internal CPU cooler fan. The two open screw holes are for
VESA mounting, and very intelligently, the screws in the rubber feet are
captive so you can't lose them.
The 19V 65W adapter is an FSP brand, with "V" level efficiency,
the highest category at this time.
INSIDE THE NUC
Removing the four external screws allows the bottom panel to be removed. Here's
the view which greets you.
The NUC case open: Two SO DIMM RAM slots, two stacked mini-PCIe slots,
and connectors for the case-embedded antenna.
A couple of small internal screws need to be removed to get the motherboard
out. The notebook style blower fan is on the flip side, along with a heatsink
that has a cardboard shroud to help direct airflow out. The CMOS battery
dongles and is affixed with double-sided tape.
Closer look at heatsink, shroud, fan.
Here's how the two mini-PCIe slot cards stack, half-size card on bottom,
full-size one on top.
Our sample system with two 4GB sticks of 133MHz RAM. The mSATA SSD provided
by Intel is a model 525, 180GB,SATA 6GB/s MLC, pricing for which could
not be found anywhere on the web at time of writing.
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