Intel has sent us a Haswell-based version of the NUC outfitted with a 1.3GHz Core i5-4250U and the HD 5000 integrated GPU, the same combination that powers the 2013 MacBook Airs and several other Ultrabooks. We'll be packing it with components, putting Windows 8.1 on it, and giving it the standard review treatment in the coming weeks. We'll focus on performance and power usage improvements over last year's Ivy Bridge NUC, but what we really want to know is what do you want to know? … [Read more...] about We have a tiny, Haswell-powered PC from Intel—what should we do with it?
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Valve and its partners took the wraps off of an impressive number of Steam Machines earlier this week at CES, and the hardware diversity of the PCs-turned-consoles was one of the most notable things about them. GPUs from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel power all of those Steam Machines, and now the publicly available SteamOS beta has added built-in driver support for AMD and Intel GPUs. An e-mail from an AMD representative indicated that SteamOS was running Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.9 drivers and that a standalone driver package would soon be available from AMD's support site. Known issues with the AMD driver as of this release "include tearing and poor overlay performance in-game," problems that will doubtlessly be ironed out in future releases. Intel GPUs are using Mesa 10.0.1, and while standalone Intel and Nvidia GPUs are supported, dual-GPU Optimus solutions still won't work. … [Read more...] about SteamOS beta picks up built-in AMD, Intel GPU support
Speaking in Japan yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the next version of Windows would arrive next year. Calling the as-yet unreleased operating system "Windows 8," he said that the next generation of Windows would be hitting the market on PCs, slates, and tablets. … [Read more...] about Windows 8 unofficially officially coming to PCs, slates, and tablets in 2012
Yesterday evening, while Googling insect references in popular culture, I discovered that a small Caribbean island helped itself to a photograph I took in 2008. My photo shows a slave-raiding ant, a fascinating species that survives as a parasite on the labor of other ants. But the image had been imprinted on the back of a commemorative one-cent piece. Perhaps symbolically, this is one cent more than I received for my part in bringing the coin to the public. … [Read more...] about Bugging out: How rampant online piracy squashed one insect photographer
Specs at a glance: Intel NUC D54250WYK1 (as reviewed) OS Ubuntu 13.10, Linux Mint 16, Fedora 20, and SteamOS Beta CPU 1.3GHz Core i5-4250U (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) RAM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (supports up to 16GB) GPU Intel HD Graphics 5000 (integrated) HDD 128GB Crucial M500 mSATA SSD Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet Ports 4x USB 3.0, 1x mini DisplayPort 1.2, 1x mini HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort, audio Size 4.6” x 4.4” x 1.4” (116.8 x 111.8 x 35.6 mm) Other perks Kensington lock Warranty 3 years Price $389.99 (barebones), $602.99 with selected components and software One of the drawbacks of buying a barebones PC like Intel’s NUC—at least if you’re a Windows user—is that it comes with no operating system. The big PC OEMs get Windows at a steep discount compared to end users, and you’ll have to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 for a full OEM Windows license (and more if you want a retail … [Read more...] about Linux on the NUC: Using Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and the SteamOS beta