LOOK OUT Raspberry Pi – Meet Shark’s Cove(Microsoft)

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Microsoft is getting in on the DIY-PC WORLD with (SHARK’S COVE)

Meet Shark’s Cove:

Shark’s Cove runs Windows 8.1 with an Intel Atom Processor, with the same memory as the iPhone 5S…

The Shark’s Cove is Priced at $299 and is going to be available for pre-order around August 7, 2014…

Although higher priced than the Raspberry Pi $35 unit, it is going to turn heads said “Microsoft”…..

More to report as more information becomes available…

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  1. Jeff Newman July 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Consider as an alternative the dual-core Intel Celeron NUC with a 4GB or 8GB stick of RAM and the OS of your choice. The NUC is a machine with two USB 2 ports, 1 USB 3 port, gigabit Ethernet and an HDMI video port.

    Cost:
    $135 at Newegg (recently seen discounted to $121) and about $72 for an 8GB SO-DIMM.

    Higher-end NUC versions are available, as is a similar device called the Brix from Gigabyte.

    I have a Celeron NUC running Windows Server 2012 R2, and it’s perfect as a very low powered single-purpose CrashPlan backup server.

    • Martin Lehner August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I’ve wondered about how a Celeron NUC would perform in the server environment. Have you used it at all in a test or production setting ? Do you find things lagging considerably when you start using actual applications ?

      • Jeff Newman August 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        Martin:

        The NUC is on my home network. It’s performing perfectly well, doing its one task.

        I though it was pretty laggy while building it, but I am used to sitting in front of a Core i7 PC with RAIDed SSDs. Running, the dual-core NUC seems just fine.

        For me, the trade off between performance and low power usage was acceptable. The NUC uses watts in the single-digit range.

        Server 2012 R2 is a pig and is probably 20% slower in many aspects than 2008 R2. (2003 was a comparative speed demon.)

        My NUC has 8GB in it (that’s the max) and Server 2012 R2 and CrashPlan together use about half that, so there’s lots of headroom for other apps. I wouldn’t encourage running enough load to encourage frequent paging to the 2.5″ laptop hard drive, if it can be avoided.

        By the way, I neglected to include the cost of a hard drive in my original comment. It slipped my mind as I used a drive I had on hand.

        Try the NUC, it’s too cheap not to buy it and spend a few fun hours building and configuring it. If you’re still unsure, Amazon offers return with no restocking fee. All you have to do is say it performed poorly.

        • Martin Lehner August 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

          I have lots of experience using the Core i3 NUC, but never the Celeron. The hard drive transfer speeds are awesome with the mSATA SSDs 🙂

          I will definitely give it a try !

  2. Ed Woolstenhulme August 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Martin Never tried it, looking forward to trying this new one from Microsoft once it comes out….

    • Martin Lehner August 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      I’m definitely interested in this Windows running piece of hardware too. I’ve got a Pi boards laying around, but honestly, can’t do too much with them at the moment.

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