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Intel's new NUC mini-desktops get Kaby Lake, Optane and Thunderbolt 3

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NewsHubA lot of cool technologies are coming to Intel’s latest NUCs, which are powerful mini-desktops that now boast the company’s latest Kaby Lake chips.
A NUC packs all components tightly in a small PC that is light enough to be held in one hand. These mini-PCs are easily customizable and considered desktop replacements.
Some of the new NUCs have Thunderbolt 3 ports, Intel Iris Plus graphics for 4K video, and are ready for Intel’s superfast Optane storage.
Intel has announced three new “tall” NUCs with 7th Generation Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, and two “short” NUCs with Core i3 and i5 chips. The “tall NUCs” are slightly larger and more powerful than the short NUCs.
The primary use of the Kaby Lake NUCs is for home entertainment, video editing, mainstream gaming and as a smart home hub, an Intel spokesman said.
The NUCs with Core i3 will be available shortly after CES, while others with Core i5 and i7 will ship later in the first quarter.
The new NUCs are being announced alongside new Kaby Lake chips, which are being used in dozens of new laptops. The Kaby Lake chips are between 5 to 15 percent faster than Intel’s older chips code-named Skylake.

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