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The desktop PC isn't dead, it’s just shrinking. There’s a new breed of miniature marvels on the market, and they boast a nonexistent footprint when attached to the back of a display. Unlike some micro-size, micro-priced computers—the $35 Raspberry Pi, for example—these incredibly small machines provide more than enough processing power for all but the most strenuous computing chores.

New generations of powerful but cool-running CPUs are largely responsible for this sudden onset of wee-ness, so it makes sense that AMD and Intel would both conjure tiny PCs to demonstrate what’s possible within the confines of an ultra-small size. Intel has christened its concept the Next Unit of Computing (NUC), while AMD’s primary manufacturing partner, Sapphire Technology, has dubbed its effort the Edge VS8.

Alas, neither the NUC nor the Edge VS8 Is cheap.

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While I am all for smaller PC's, I still want to retain my ability to upgrade and customize what's on the inside. redface.gif
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While I am all for smaller PC's, I still want to retain my ability to upgrade and customize what's on the inside. redface.gif

Same with me. I want to retain the customization of my PC. I wouldn't mind a small mini-ITX based PC though, as a HTPC.
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This device was last year AMD LifeBox prototype, unfortunately it did not appear on the market but in 2013 this will go into production but now with Temash or Kabini APU underhood. smile.gif
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Is Intel still limiting Atom to those crappy HDDs and 1 GB of DDR3? My E2-1800 does exceptionally well in battery life, 6 GB of memory, an SSD, and GPU acceleration enabled on everything possible. If Atom is really bottlenecked with that crap...
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While I am all for smaller PC's, I still want to retain my ability to upgrade and customize what's on the inside. redface.gif

Agreed, there needs to be something like an external pci-e standard so that you can upgrade the graphics (audio, network, or any other add-in that uses pci-e) of any laptop or embedded system. Granted, you would probably need a separate power supply for an external gpu but that's a minor issue.
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Agreed, there needs to be something like an external pci-e standard so that you can upgrade the graphics (audio, network, or any other add-in that uses pci-e) of any laptop or embedded system. Granted, you would probably need a separate power supply for an external gpu but that's a minor issue.

Thunderbolt?
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This is really amazing
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What I found funny about it is their breakdown comparison;
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Storage Intel expects you to supply an mSATA SSD for the NUC, and that will be faster than any hard drive. The Edge VS8’s hard drive is slow, but it delivers a lot more capacity. That means the storage contest ends in a tie.

One gives you storage and the other doesn't, regardless of speed difference when you add in the msata SDD the additional cost more than negates the speed, so how does one having storage while the other doesn't end in a "tie"

I'd rather get something that I can open and swap out it's 500GB hdd for a smaller sdd, than not get a drive at all....and guess what? I get to pocket a 500GB drive. Though I wouldn't really get either but their reasoning baffles me, "storage comparison: NO storage out of the box but options vs a 5400rpm 500GB slow hdd" (with same options if you open it) = draw........ doh.gif
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Which purpose are these supposed to serve? They are pretty expensive and the Intel one is outrageous, it's entirely aimed at enthusiasts as the average person won't have a clue what to do with it.
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