Intel Atom Bay Trail NUC Kit On Linux
Phoronix: Intel Atom Bay Trail NUC Kit On Linux
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.
I am interested in using this for a microserver.
It is a shame that it has USB 2 though, and only one USB 3 port.
I would like to see more USB 3 ports, and one or two eSATA ports.
Cherry Trail(Airmont 14nm) will support DDR3L 1600 and have a Gen 8 GPU(same architecture as Broadwell GPU) with 4x the EU(shaders) of Bay Trail.
Last edited by GT220; 02-07-2014 at 06:00 AM.
A Kabini kit with a 2.5hdd bay, >2 USB3 and coreboot would be sweet
Bay Trail-T (Z3740 and Z3770) and Cherry Trail-T are tablet chips. Tablet and desktop/laptop BT don't support the same kind of memories.
See this for instance: http://ark.intel.com/compare/76760,79052
If Linux can be installed on the Bay Trail NUC, then this means that it has a proper 64bit UEFI implementation. Sounds good.
10 watts under load is impressive, but since a lot of people will probably buy one as a home server/media pc, a more interesting questions is how much power does it consume when it's:
Any info on that perhaps?
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.
Last edited by gururise; 02-07-2014 at 11:42 AM.
Michael, nice review. I think I want one :\
I see it as more of a tiny server box than a true media box. It could definitely have another USB 3.0 port, but the rest would be useless for a box in this price range.
Originally Posted by hajj_3