Conclusion: On the flip side, if you want to play games at anything but the lowest settings, you'll want something like Gigabyte's Brix Pro or the Brix gaming system, both of which have better graphics but cost substantially more. Gigabyte's higher-end models do, though, have room for a standard SATA hard drive or SSD. So you could make up some of that cost by dropping in a less expensive standard drive and foregoing the pricier mSATA solid-state drive.
Pros: Very compact, Runs quietly, Much-improved port selection
Cons: Expensive considering no memory, hard drive, or OS included, No room in this model to use the SATA port on the motherboard
Conclusion: Intel's first attempt at a truly small-form-factor PC, the NUC, left us wanting more performance and cutting-edge connectivity. The second-generation model, D54250WYK, uses a more-powerful version of the newer Haswell technology to far better effect. Now equipped with USB 3.0, HDMI and DisplayPort and housed in a chassis that's really rather good, getting the kit into full PC form takes but a minute.
Intel NUC D54250WYK SFF System Review - Haswell Update
27 September 2013
Excerpt: Just about a year ago Intel released a new product called the Next Unit of Computing, or NUC for short. The idea was to allow Intel's board and design teams to bring the efficient performance of the ultra low voltage processors to a desktop, and creative, form factor. By taking what is essentially Ultrabook hardware and putting it in a 4-in by 4-in design Intel is attempting to rethink what the "desktop" computer is and how the industry develops for it.
Summary: Last year the Intel NUC kits were impressive, but the new Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK shows you what happens when you have a more time to fine tune a design and beef it up with a new CPU architecture. Intel has a winner on their hands with the Haswell powered NUC’s!
Excerpt: The Intel NUC, or Next Unit of Computing, is the smallest computer we have ever seen. It's a remarkable 117x112x35mm, or about the size of two thick slices of toast. It also comes supplied with a VESA mount, so you can screw it to the back of your TV. These dimensions make it far smaller than even a Mini-ITX system, but everything about the NUC is custom. You can't easily buy a NUC motherboard and a case and put the two together, as with a normal PC.
Intel's small form factor NUC PC returns with a fourth-gen Core CPU and other sweet features for home use
Good Gear Guide.au
7 January 2014
Summary: Intel's NUC barebones kit is a tiny, yet powerful computer thanks to its fourth-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, and it's suitable for home users who want to build up a nice little home theater PC. It features a good selection of ports, though you might have to buy some new cables or adapters to use them.
Pros: 4th gen Core i5 CPU, Small form factor, Good selection of ports, plus infrared sensor, Easy to assemble
Cons: HDMI port not full-sized, Lacks SD card slot, RRP is a tad high