Intel is giving Linux some love with a new Compute Stick equipped with Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS coming out this week for $110. This new model comes with less RAM and intrernal storage along with a $40 price cut versus the previous Compute Stick (which comes with Windows 8.1 With Bing).
On the outside, the new Linux-equipped Compute Stick (STCK1A8LFC) is identical to the existing SKU (read our review here) with its flash drive form factor, Intel logo, and small vents along the top and sides. Ports on the Intel STCK1A8LFC include one HDMI, one Micro USB port for power, one Micro SD card slot for storage, and a single full size USB 2.0 port for peripherals.
The Compute Stick is powered by an Intel Z3735F processor that is actively cooled by a tiny fan. This chip is a 22nm Bay Trail part with four CPU cores and Intel HD Graphics. The CPU has a base clock of 1.33 GHz and a maximum turbo clockspeed of 1.83 GHz. This SoC is paired with 1GB of DDR3L memory and 8GB of internal flash eMMC storage. There is also an 802.11b/g/n wireless radio with Bluetooth. The table below compares these specifications to the alternative Compute Stick with Windows.
|Compute Stick (Ubuntu)||Compute Stick (Windows)|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB|
|Storage||8 GB||32 GB|
The STCK1A8LFC with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be available later this week from all the usual online retailers with an MSRP of $110.
It would have been nice to keep the 2GB of RAM even if Intel could not cut the price as much. There is always Micro SD for more stoage, but the 1GB of RAM is going to be somewhat limiting even for a Linux OS which typically can be made to run much leaner than Windows. It is nice to see Linux getting a design win and being bundled with the portable PC. If you need more RAM from your Compute Stick, you will need to buy the more expensive Windows version – at $150 – and install Linux yourself, however.
“actively cooled by a tiny
“actively cooled by a tiny fan” this was not something I understood about these devices. I thought they were fanless. So how is the sound on these tiny fans? Is it something tiny that you can hear if you put your ear to it or is it a tiny little mini spin engine high wine?
Well it is quiet enough that
Well it is quiet enough that you won't know it's there unlesss you open it up, at least that was Ryan's experience with the original model (see the second page of the review).
yea, that’s what I was
yea, that’s what I was referring to, Ryan thought it was passive, but I asume he tested it at the office where there could have been infinite psus and coolers drowning this guy out.
I wish I could just try one out, hold it to my ear, all that. I THINK this (well the $150 model)is perfect for a weird-crazy-sound obsessed friend of mine, but it would have to be nooooo sound. And he’d probably wana install win XP on it but thats a whoooooole other kettle of fish.
I said “sound obsessed” I
I said “sound obsessed” I meant “Bat shit loonie obsessed with silence”
Pi2 is better and cheaper
Pi2 is better and cheaper even with nice flic case
$40 for extra RAM and storage
$40 for extra RAM and storage isn’t bad. Install Linux on the Windows stick like Tim says and be done.
Not to be unsaid that Ubuntu
Not to be unsaid that Ubuntu will sell your information
to any body just like Microsoft will.