ASRock Introduces NUC Box Mini PCs With Intel Core Ultra Processors

ASRock has introduced its latest NUC Box series, revealing their newest Mini PCs. The CPU lineup for ASRock’s latest NUC Ultra 100 Box & NUCS Ultra 100 Box now features Intel’s cutting-edge Core Ultra processors based on the Meteor Lake Architecture.

ASRock is offering these Mini PCs with a choice of two processors: the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H and the Intel Core Ultra 5 125H. These new Core Ultra processors come equipped with Intel Arc graphics as the integrated GPU, alongside an upgraded compute tile containing Redwood Cove Performance Cores (P-Cores) and Crestmont Efficiency Cores (E-Cores). Detailed specifications, including core and thread counts, for these Intel Core Ultra 5/7 processors, can be found below:

Intel Core Ultra 5 155H & Intel Core Ultra 7 155H Specifications

ASRock’s new Core Ultra processors from Intel showcase several enhancements. Notably, the Intel 4 manufacturing process significantly boosts efficiency gains in this latest Intel generation. An entirely novel core type, the Low Power E-Core (LP E-core), has also been introduced.

ASRock is providing support for up to 96GB of DDR5 5600MHz in its latest Core Ultra-based Mini PCs. Four variants are set to launch, with the NUCS versions being notably smaller. Intel’s new Core Ultra processors incorporate significant AI features, marking a key aspect of this next generation.

The latest ASRock Mini PCs are equipped with Intel’s all-new neural processing unit (NPU), specifically designed for AI acceleration on PCs. ASRock claims that Intel’s inclusion of a neural processor in the Core Ultra chips could bring about “up to 20x performance per watt” enhancements.

The ‘NUCS‘ version is notably slimmer compared to the ‘NUC,’ both being compact Mini PCs. ASRock is highlighting the NUCS Ultra 100 Box as a slim-type system. In terms of connectivity, these Mini PCs offer Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

They support up to four 4K displays, equipped with ports for DisplayPort 2.1, HDMI 2.1, and additional connections. Additionally, the ASRock NUC and NUCS Ultra 100 Box Mini PCs provide Thunderbolt 4 support. As of now, details regarding pricing and availability are yet to be disclosed. Rest assured, we’ll keep you updated as soon as this information becomes available!

13th Gen Raptor Lake Compared to Intel Core Ultra CPUs

ASRock Industrial has conducted performance comparisons of its new Mini PCs using the Cinebench R23 Multi-Core test, which assesses overall CPU performance with all cores engaged. The results indicate that the previous-gen Raptor Lake architecture, represented by i5-1340P & i7-1370P, exhibits a slight lag in the benchmark.

Additionally, they conducted tests using 3DMark Time Spy, which stresses the GPU. The integration of Intel Arc graphics in these Core Ultra processors, powered by the new Meteor Lake architecture, has resulted in a substantial performance boost in this aspect.

The Intel Core Ultra 7 155H demonstrates a significant +76% performance enhancement compared to the i7-1370P processor in 3DMark Time Spy. Additionally, the multi-core scores outperform those achieved by the 13th Gen P-Series i5 & i7 processors.

What do you think about ASRock’s fresh Mini PC lineup equipped with Intel Core Ultra processors based on the Meteor Lake architecture? Share your opinions in the comments section!

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