The Intel NUC line started off as a low-power and very compact line of desktop PCs. As a result, they power everything from conference room IT, to personal desktops, to even portable proof-of-concept demos for high-end data center software. Starting from modest roots, Intel is taking the next evolution of these with the NUC 9 Pro kits codenamed “Quartz Canyon.”
Intel sent us a unit powered by an 8-core Intel Xeon E-2286M to review and when we got it, the first thing that popped into our mind was not how revolutionary it was. Instead, it was just how similar this is to another Intel product we used in 2015 that never saw public introduction. In our review, we are going to talk about the capabilities of this NUC kit, as well as give a bit of a history lesson on where this may have come from within Intel.
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