Intel announced five new Computer Sticks at the beginning of the year, and so far 4 have been launched, and the Intel Core m3 have been benchmarked showing about to double the performance compared to the Cherry Trail versions, but the most powerful model based on Core m5 had yet to be launched. The news is that if you have some spare cash, you can now pre-order Intel Compute Stick STK2mv64CC based on Core m5-6Y57 vPro processor for $485 on Amazon US with shipping scheduled for May 12, 2016.
That’s quite a steep price, so let’s see what you’d get for $500:
- SoC – Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro dual core/four thread processor @ 1.1 GHz/2.8GHz with Intel HD Graphics 515 @ 300MHz/900Mhz (4.5 W TDP, configurable to 3.5W and 7W)
- System Memory – 4 GB DDR3L @ 1833MHz dual channel memory
- Storage – 64 GB eMMC + micro SDXC v3.0 slot with UHS I-Support up to 128GB
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4b with multi-channel audio output
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi up to 867 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2 (via Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8260)
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, and 2x USB 3.0 ports on power adapter.
- Misc – Power button, security notch, TPM (STK2MV64CC and STK2M364CC)
- Power Supply – 5V/4A via USB type C power port
- Dimensions – 114 mm x 38 mm x 12 mm
STK2mv64CC is sold with operating system, and ships with the 5V/4A power supply (which also includes 2x USB 3.0 ports), and an HDMI extension cable. Performance appears to be only a little better compared to Core m3-6Y30 used in STK2M3W64CC (~$400 with Windows 10, ~$330 without), but the Core m5 processor supports Intel Vpro technology which makes it more suitable for the enterprise.
Thanks to Raymond for the tip.