The ASUS ROG NUC is the first Mini-PC NUC announced after ASUS took over Intel’s iconic high-performance compact PCs. With its official announcement, we now know that the legacy of Intel NUCs will continue, as we are looking at highly competitive systems.
We are dealing with a device that boasts of being very powerful and compact. To achieve this, it uses the new Intel Core Ultra processors. Considering its size, it would be logical to assume that the GPUs are their Laptop variants. That is, for laptops. Thus, we could say that it is a high-performance gaming laptop assembled in a Mini-PC.
Here’s what we know about the new ASUS ROG NUC
With dimensions of 144 x 112 x 41 mm thick (2.5 liters) and weighing 800 grams, the ASUS ROG NUC Mini-PCs can be chosen with Intel Core Ultra 7 155H and Intel Core Ultra 9 185H processors. Both processors offer the same configuration of cores and graphics, with the only difference being the speed of the cores, which does not vary too much.
We are talking about processors with 16 cores and 22 processing threads. To be precise, 6x of these cores are high-performance (P-Core), while 8x cores are low-power (E-Core) and 2x cores are very efficient (LP-E Core). Both share the same powerful integrated Intel Arc Xe-LPG graphics. These are capable of outperforming an AMD Radeon 780M or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. Additionally, we have an NPU to accelerate AI-related workloads.
Despite these integrated graphics, these ASUS ROG NUCs come with a dedicated GPU to choose from an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 or RTX 4060. The hardware is completed with the option to choose up to 64 GB of DDR5 RAM at 5,600 MHz, along with three NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 SSD storage units.
Other known information
Ending with the specifications, these ASUS ROG NUCs offer an Intel LAN Ethernet connectivity of 2.5 Gbps. It continues with an Intel Killer module that provides Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, along with the Realtek ALC256 audio codec.
When it comes to ports, these Mini-PCs are quite complete. They offer 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, 1x Thunderbolt 4 / USB4, 2x USB 2.0, three video outputs in the form of 2x DisplayPort 1.4 and 1x HDMI 2.1a, a headphone connector, and an SD Express 8.0 (UHS-I) card reader.
The ASUS ROG NUC can be placed horizontally or vertically (stand included). It also features a ROG logo with customizable LED RGB lighting via software, and comes with Windows 11 preinstalled. As expected, ASUS did not announce the availability or price of these NUC devices, which are the first after acquiring the Intel NUC business. It will be interesting to know the prices of these systems and see if they are more or affordable compared to the solutions that Intel offered.
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