With the early Atom "Bay Trail" hardware being disastrous for Linux, when Intel recently announced their Bay Trail based NUC Kit we were anxious and decided to give this unit a go. The Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYK packs an Intel Celeron N2820 Bay Trail CPU and motherboard supporting up to 8GB of DDR3L system memory and 2.5-inch HDD/SSD in a 116 x 112 x 51 mm form-factor. In this article is a rundown of the Phoronix experience so far for this Atom NUC Kit and how well it's running with Ubuntu Linux.
Looks like a decent tiny pc. It is however has these problems:
no DDR3 1600mhz capability
no optical audio out
only 1 usb 3.0 port
The Asus chromebox has 3 x usb 3.0 ports, displayport and comes with 2 or 4gb ram (unknown speeds) for $180. It doesn't have optical audio either. It comes with 16GB nand flash, i don't think there is an internal sata port for a 2.5" hdd.
Neither of these boxes a perfect but it is a step in the right direction. I hope AMD can bring out their own NUC competitor.
Very interesting.... I just picked up an ODROID-U3 Quad Core Arm-A9 (Samsung Exynos) system for $59 (+shipping). Total cost of the odroid-U3 with WiFi + 2Gb Ram + 16GB SD + case +shipping was about $100 and it's supposed to be around 5W under load. I would be very interested in seeing what this Bay Trail Atom can do in comparison to a Quad Core A9 system and to know whether it is worth it to pay extra for the ATOM.