Logic Supply First to Offer Core i5-based 'Rend Lake' Intel NUC Motherboard

Earlier we reported that the upcoming NUC motherboards would feature Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. Now Logic Supply has tweeted that it is the first to retail the Rend Lake NUC motherboard. This is the first Intel NUC motherboard to feature an Intel Core i5 CPU. The Core i5-3427U CPU aboard is clocked at 1.8 GHz. This NUC board goes by the model number D53427RKE.

If the upgrade to a Core i5 CPU wasn't interesting enough, external connectivity has also been revised. The board now has one front USB 3.0 port, two rear USB 2.0 ports, another two USB 2.0 ports through an internal header, an HDMI 1.4a port, two Mini-DisplayPort 1.1a ports, and lastly, Gigabit Ethernet. The board also supports up to 16 GB of DDR3 SODIMM memory. Other internal connections include a PCIe-Mini slot (half-length), as well as a full-length mSATA slot.

The board is already in stock at Logic Supply's webshop for a price of $399. Oddly enough, we haven't seen any official announcements for enclosures for the D53427RKE board, and it won't be compatible with existing enclosures because of the different rear I/O layout.

That said, we did manage to get a hold of a couple images of what appears to be Logic Supply's upcoming ML300 fanless NUC enclosure. The rear connectivity appears to still have the old layout, though from the looks of it the rear metal part of the casing can be swapped out. The enclosure also appears to be a little bigger than the standard size, and the image shows some interesting ideas for use of the cargo space. It doesn't appear to be listed on Logic Supply's website yet, however, we imagine it won't be long until it does.

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  • sna
    wrong design , the 2.5 drive bay should be below the motherboard area not beside it.

    you made it take alot surface area this way to save just 3cm hight.
  • mathew7
    Actualy it's 2x2.5" hdd. Otherwise I share your thoughts.
  • CaedenV
    I am intrigued by the NUC design. In 2-3 years when it comes time to replace my wife's tower I think I will do something with this type of form factor for her replacement. Get a good high end monitor, mount the PC to the VESA mount on the back, and get rid of the big old box that is now mostly empty... along with the cable management behind said box.