Intel recently announced that the Intel Celeron Processor N2820 was no longer being produced and that means that the popular Intel NUC DN2820FYKH Bay Trail System is without a processor to power it. The good news is that Intel is replacing that part with the closest processor and that is the Intel Celeron Processor N2830. Both have identical tray prices ($107) and that means there will be no impact on the MSRP of the NUC sku. Intel will keep selling the N2820 version of Forest Canyon, but when they run out of those the company will move to the N2830 processor. We aren’t sure when exactly that will happen, but it might be something to keep an eye on as the N2830 does offer some performance advantages.
The Intel Celeron N2820 dual-core processor runs up to 2.40GHz dual-core and had 1MB cache with 7.5W TDP. The newer Intel Celeron N2830 processor runs slightly faster at 2.41GHz dual-core and has the same amount of cache and an identical power rating. The relatively big differences are that the N2830 supports faster DDR3L 1333MHz memory and Intel Quick Sync, which allows for faster conversion of video.This appears to be a nice improvement and for free we doubt the only people that are going to be complaining are those that already bought one based on the original N2820 processor.
It doesn’t look like Intel will be changing the model number when the N2830 based Forest Canyon NUCs begin being built, so be sure to keep an eye out for the CPU used when ordering the Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH. You’ll be able to identify the difference between them by the SA# on the label on the bottom of the chassis and the barcode label on the box.
Old N2820 version: SA H22962-100, H22962-101, and H22962-102
New N2830 version: SA H22962-103 and later
It would have been nice if Intel changed it to DN2830FYKH, but that isn’t the case. You can read the Intel product change for this here.