Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is a small-form-factor personal computer designed by Intel.
Sorry, it’s too nice for Apple to offer. It needs at least 80% of its features ripped out, so that Jony Ive can design something useless to make it look cool in a product shot. For starters, it needs those cooling vents removed to look cool so it can overheat, along with screws that take a tool no one has, to screw you know who. And memory that is not soldered on? Egads!
When I find myself getting excited about a non-Apple computer, it is proof of just how sucky the range of Apple product offerings has gotten.
I’d love to have one of the Intel Core NUCs as an option for a compact little server. Alas, I don’t want to run Windows or Linux.
The latest Intel NUC offerings have everything I’d want for a mini server or a terrific ultra-compact home computer. It makes the Mac Mini look like the cheap shitty overpriced plastic toy it is.
Now imagine super-sizing this NUC into BUC (big unit of computing) and let’s call it the 2017 Mac Pro. Don’t get me started on rhyming in exasperation with either of those.
If Apple made this product, I’d call it insanely great. But Apple doesn’t, because Tim Cook probably thinks the Mac Mini is a great desktop computer because it is a shitty non-upgradeable cheap white semi-sealed plastic toy.
Seriously, if Tim Cook allowed this NUC to be made, fools like me would buy one for $500 more just to run macOS Apple Core Rot™ on it. Read it and weep.
Intel NUC7i7BNH Highlighted Features:
- 7th generation Intel Core i7-7567U Processor (3.5 GHz Dual Core, 4GHz Turbo, 4MB Cache, 28W TDP)
- Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650
- 4GB DDR4 (1.2V) 2133MHz Memory Pre-Installed, up to 32GB
- 128GB SATA or PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive (SSD) Pre-Installed, up to 1TB (64GB available Contact Sales)
- M.2 22×42/80 (Key M) slot for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD
Support for 2.5” SSD, HDD, or SSHD up to 9.5mm SATA3 (6Gbps) drives Pre-Installed up to 2TB
- Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
- Thunderbolt™ 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 via Type-C connector
- Supports USB 3.1 devices directly
- Supports external PCIe chassis
- Supports Thunderbolt DisplayPort (DP) monitors
- Supports Thunderbolt devices (some adapters may be required)**
- HDMI 2.0 supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
- DisplayPort 1.2 via USB 3.1 Type-C connector, supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
- Up to 4096×2304 (4K) monitors supported on both HDMI and DisplayPort (Type-C) Ports
- Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) (10/100/1000)
- Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2, Intel Wireless Display 6.0
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) via Type-C connector on back panel
- (2) USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, including one charging port
- (2) USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
- Intel HD Audio via Headphone / Microphone jack (3.5mm TRRS)
- Dual Array Microphones built in (front panel openings)
- Consumer infrared sensor on front panel
- Micro SDXC Slot with UHS-1 support, on side panel
- Back panel DC power connector (12V-19V)
- Kensington lock support
- Product size 4.55″ x 4.4″ x 1.85″ (2″ at rubber feet)
- VESA Mount bracket with screws included
- 65w “wall-mount” style AC/DC Power Adapter with Multi-Country AC Plugs (US, UK, EU, and AU)
- Support for user-replaceable 3rd-Party lids.
- Internal NFC and AUX_PWR headers
- Internal two USB 2.0 ports via header
- Low-acoustics active cooling design
- OS Certs Windows 10
- OS Compatibility: Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE
Extended Warranty available
The Simply NUC7i7BNH System is equipped with Intel’s newest architecture, the 7th generation Intel® Core™ i7-7567U processor. The Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650 with 4K display capabilities provides brilliant resolution for multi-monitor desktops, digital signage, gaming and home theaters. And with both HD Audio for personal audio support, and 8-Channel Digital Audio available on the HDMI and DP (Type-C) connectors supporting 7.1 Surround Sound, you can support an immersive audio experience.
Both the SATA and PCIe versions of the M.2 SSD are supported to give you a range of cost effective to extreme performance SSDs. The 2.5” 9.5mm drive bay supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) drives. Simply NUC offers high-performance choices of SSDs and HDDs up to 2TB and a 1TB SSHD. Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready.
With Thunderbolt 3, you can support external Graphics Cards (eGFX) through external expansion boxes, as well as future expansion. For those with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt devices, you may need an adapter to convert to the Type-C connector.
Designed for Windows 10, the Simply NUC7i7BNH has the performance to stream media, manage spreadsheets, or create presentations. There’s also a high-speed USB 3.0 charging port that lets you easily charge your tablet or Smartphone quickly. And for peace of mind you’ll get embedded security that helps keep threats out, user identities and credentials safe, and your data protected.
Operating Systems offered by Simply NUC have been modified for proper operation with Solid State Drives and have performance tweaks. Microsoft Windows was designed for operation with Hard Disk Drives and omitting these changes can shorten the life of the SSD significantly.
** = Refer to Intel’s Baby Canyon Support page for tested Thunderbolt devices. Thunderbolt 3 supported on Type-C connector only. Thunderbolt 2 supported through TB3 Type-C to TB2 mDP Active Adapter. Not all Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, or Thunderbolt 3 devices have been tested by Intel or Simply NUC and in some cases tested results are provided by end customers.
A reader writes:
I have a NUC running VMware ESXI at home. I had to break the Apple EULA to run OS X VM's on it, but with 500GB internal and 500GB USB3 SSD and 32GB RAM, I have four VMs running with free backup.
I could have put an old MacPro in at home, but the power usage is silly compared to the NUC. They're great little machines.
MPG: the acronyms alone make this a challenging proposition, let alone violating the EULA and dealing with the complexity and risk of future macOS breakage—but it might be worth it for some.