Intel crams its freshly baked seventh-gen CPUs into five new NUC mini PCs

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Now that Intel’s second-wave “Kaby Lake” CPU assault is officially out of the bag, the company has introduced new miniature PCs based on those freshly baked seventh-generation processors. There are five units in all, two of which rely on a Core i3 processor, two that use a Core i5 processor, and one containing a Core i7 chip. Even more, the i5 and i7 models include Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, whereas the i3 models provide a USB 3.1 Type-C port.

With the Core i3 and i5 models, the only difference between the two “BNK” and “BNH” models is that the latter unit is slightly larger to include an additional SATA 3 port for a 2.5-inch hard drive or solid state drive measuring up to 9.5 mm thick. By default, both the BNK and BNH units provide an M.2 SSD slot for SATA 3 or PCIe x4 Gen 3 NVMe or AHCI SSDs that play host to the operating system installed by the user. The Core i7 unit automatically comes with both storage connections.

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For starters, this model packs an Intel Core i3-7100U with a base clock speed of 2.40GHz. It relies on Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 620 component, which is capable of cranking out a 3840 x 2160 resolution through its HDMI 2.0 or USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Other notable features include a handful of USB 3.0 ports, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, wired gigabit networking, and 7.1 Surround Sound capabilities.

NUC7i3BNK / NUC7i3BNH
Processor: Intel Core i3-7100U (dual-core)
Processor speed: 2.40GHz
Memory: Dual-channel, DDR4 @ 2,133MHz
32GB maximum
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: 1x M.2 SSD slot (SATA3 or PCIe)
1x SATA 3 port for 2.5” drives (BNH model only)
Ports (front): 2x USB 3.0 (one charges)
1x Infrared port
1x Headphone/microphone jack
1x Micro SD card slot
Ports (back): 1x HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60Hz)
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0 (internal)
1x Combo speaker/TOSLINK optical jack
1x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio: 7.1 Surround via HDMI or DisplayPort
Dual array microphones (front)
Connectivity: Wireless AC (2×2)
Bluetooth 4.2
Power: 19 volt, 65-watt wall-mount adapter
Enclosure: Aluminum and plastic with replaceable lid
Size: 4.52 x 4.37 x 1.37 inches (BNK model)
4.52 x 4.37 x 2.00 inches (BNH model)
Other features: Supports third-party lids
Fan sensor inputs for monitoring fan activity
ACPI-compliant power management control
HDD and Power LEDs
Multi-color selectable front panel LED ring
Kensington lock with base security
Three-year warranty
Supports VESA mounting
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