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Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit with HDMI, Thunderbolt, Core i3-3217UDC3217BY

by Intel
63 customer reviews
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  • Ultra Small Form Factor (USFF) Computing Platform at approximately 4" x 4"
  • Smallest Thunderbolt Capable device ever!
  • Supports Display Independent Display capability using HDMI 1.4a and Thunderbolt 1.1a
  • Wifi/Bluetooth Antennae integrated into the chassis for ease of integration
  • VESA mounting bracket included
  • Intel WiDi Supported
  • Intel Anti Theft Supported
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Product Description

THINK YOU KNOW WHAT SMALL CAN DO? THINK AGAIN. It's one thing to power your digital display and transfer video blazingly fast. It's another to do all that and more with a miniscule, intelligent powerhouse of a computing device. This is why we created the Next Unit of Computing. At a diminutive 4"×4"×2" form factor and equipped with the 3rd gen-eration Intel Core i3 processor, the DC3217BY delivers stunning visuals and responsive performance from a pocket-sized solution. What's even more amazing is that such a small device can offer so much power in an expandable, customizable package. Dramatically increase data transfer rates and transform device interconnectivity with Thunderbolt technology. Get a difference in performance you can truly see and feel.

Product Information

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Processor1.8 GHz Intel Core i3
RAM0 GB DDR3 1333
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand NameIntel
Item model numberBOXDC3217BY
Hardware PlatformPC
Item Weight2 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H4.59 x 4.41 x 1.55 inches
Color Deep red
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Voltage19 volts
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
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Shipping Weight2.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableNovember 19, 2012
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Reviews

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By tiger_785 on January 2, 2014
My first review to help out other newbies wading into system building i.e. someone who hates the cable company charging ridiculous fees for a commodity cable box that they actually want to do something about it. I purchased this to build out a HTPC.

Bottom line - this is not the same as getting a box from dell. Be prepared to spend some time ironing kinks out. BUT if you are willing and able (including tolerance for the risk of not having a single vendor to go after if you have issues), this is the best small form factor system with i3 processor that you can build/find. My total cost was ~400 (NUC + SSD (60 GB) + Memory (4 gb) + thunderbolt ethernet adapter + Windows 7). You can get rid of windows 7 but note that there is a multitude of issues with cablecard/DRM that linux based solutions (Mythbuntu etc) will (probably) never support. Also you might find a Acer Revo i3 for the same price but with base windows 8 -- this requires you to spend additional $$ to upgrade to windows 8 pro + WMC if you want to use WMC with cablecard support.

As other posters have said - you need mSata (MydigitalSSD works fine), memory (kingston worked for me) to have a working system. Optional (well, not really): Wifi card or USB to ethernet (only upto 480 Mbps as this has only USB 2) or Apple thunderbolt to ethernet adapter (GigE). See links at end for exact SKUs and other helpful links. I am also assuming you have a monitor/TV, keyboard & mouse somewhere and you don't need to buy them.

Steps are as follows:
1) install memory, msata. Optional: install the wireless card. This goes below msata.
1.1) Go to intel site to request a thermal pad. This is a fix from Intel for heating issues that affect msata. I did not have any issues without the pad but ordered to be safe.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 15, 2014
I've been building computers for 25 years and something I've seen all too often, is rumors spread quickly and thoroughly. Now many reviewers mention the overheating problem and nearly all will tell you that's what they read, but their's doesn't. I spent hours researching this problem and placed my order, do the same and you will too.

$170..Intel NUC i3 with Intel flashlight/tool and $25 game coupon, Tiger D, the following here from Amazon.
$95....Crucial M500 120GB msata SSD Crucial M500 120GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive
$24....Intel 6235 wireless/Bluetooth card Intel Network 6235AN.HMWWB Centrino WiFi Card Advanced-N 6235 Dual Band Bluetooth
$55....Corsair 8GB 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24 memory kit purchased 1/13 and reused Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory
$28....Silicon Power 64 GB USB flash for mini D drive Silicon Power Ultima U05 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
$6......Belkin USB hub for 6 ports instead of 3 Belkin USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra-Mini Hub
$46....Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1 USB external sound card
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian Fisher on February 20, 2014
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worked great till updated bios

Note: The memory reference code in BIOS version 0046 was updated as a part of the changes made in the BIOS to meet Microsoft Windows 8.1 requirements. This new memory code no longer supports 1066 MHz memory modules. Please review the Release Notes for more information.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Colilla on December 5, 2013
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I am using this device as a media center and it is very, very fast. mSata of 32GB (Ubuntu just use 5GB), 8GB of RAM and a Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400.
The bad? It is true it doesnt bring the power cable (the mickey mouse or cloverleaf power cable) and the MSata drives are still expensive. But this little machine rocks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 3, 2014
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Was kind of skeptical whether I could run xbmc and plex off this unit but I was pleasantly surprised. Using xbmc and even heavy skins like aeon nox and MQ this unit plays anything I throw at it, though I haven't tried 3D content yet on the device. The xbmc gui is quite responsive and the integrated graphics help out substantially when playing high-bitrate videos.

Using it as a plex media server works as well, it can transcode 1080p videos handily but I haven't tried more than a couple streams at the same time.

Like many other people have noted you'll need to buy a couple other components to be able to use the nuc on the first day:

1. Power cord
2. Ram (at least 2gb I would recommend)
3. Storage device (mSata drive or usb stick of at least 8gb)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hakan on January 22, 2014
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This small pc is really fast. Unless you will do heavy gaming and graphics this is just perfect pc. I had a dell i7 desktop (got stolen) before and I can tell you that this pc can do most of the tasks as fast as my old $900 desktop. Even for some games it is still powerful. Again if you are not building a gaming pc or you are using big programs it requres big cpu power this is just it. It boots in seconds. I used minidisplay port to dvi cable to connect my 24 inch dell monitor. Also if you want the audio out just get a $9 usb to audio Syba SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter, C-Media Chipset, RoHS. I will receive it tomorrow. If you are using a hdmi cable it already trasfers the audio. It's just my dell monitor doesn't have speakers. I am going to connect my old speakers.
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