Intel Compute Stick STK2m3W64CC
A second-gen stick that shifts things into higher gear.
Now we’re talking! This is the Intel Compute Stick we were looking for! Featuring an Intel Core m3-6Y30 as the brain of the device, this provides two cores and four threads operating within a wide operating frequency band of 0.9–2.2GHz allowing the unit to adjust its thermal output between 3.8–7W dependent on workloads. This CPU selection provides the second-gen Compute Stick with some much needed computing power, resulting in an improved user experience over the first-gen offerings, especially regarding multi-threading.
Another step in the right direction was taken when the internal eMMC storage density was doubled, from 32GB to 64GB. This still isn’t a lot of space in the modern age for a system drive, but it’s an improvement.
The second-gen unit has also retained the microSD card slot with support for 128GB of SDXC v3.0 storage with UHS-I support. All up, maximum storage is close to 200GB — not bad!
A visual check of the device reveals only one mUSB 3.0 port. However, the innovative design implemented has the USB 3.0 Type-C connection that provides power to the unit via a small power pack also providing a data link to two more USB 3.0 ports. This allows for mouse and keyboard to be plugged into this hub and leaving an unused USB 3.0 port on the Compute Stick for additional USB devices such as external storage options or additional peripherals.
The first-gen Compute Stick introduced a solid idea but required further refinement. This is the Stick you want.
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