Intel Fixes Overheating Problem on NUCs
Intel released their new Next Unit of Computing (NUC) not long ago. The NUC is a very small form factor PC housed in a 4" by 4" by 2" chassis. Intel hopes that these measurements will become the standard for miniature PCs. The NUC has a 1.8 GHz dual core, Hyper-Threaded Core i3 processor, two SO-DIMM RAM slots, a mSATA SSD slot, and a built-in WiFi card. There is a downside to cramming so much hardware into such a small case though.
Many of the early adopters of the NUC have been experiencing overheating problems, but Intel has been quick to address this problem, and has now come up with a simple solution. It appears that all that was needed was a small 9.5 mm thermal pad on the bottom cover that allows more heat to be transferred to the case, which in turn will help keep the temperature down.
I have not been able to find out whether the owners of the first NUCs can have it exchanged or fixed, but hopefully Intel will send out the thermal pads to vendors, so they can fix the problems of the overheating NUCs.