ASRock presents NUC1200 Box mini PCs with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P
Intel is making the transition to a more robust mini PC design that allows discrete GPU compatibility for its NUC series, yet the original “4 x 4” NUC chassis are still available especially from established OEMs like ASUS and ASRock. Even though it may not support the latest higher-wattage Alder Lake mobile processors, the traditional compact NUC chassis can still provide plenty of performance and flexibility, as demonstrated by ASRock’s latest NUC 1200 Box series that supports up to a 28 W Alder Lake-P i7-1260P CPU with 12 cores and 16 threads.
ASRock is among the first to offer the Alder Lake-P processors in mini PC form-factor and the chassis of the new NUC 1200 Box series is mostly the same size from previous models, measuring 118 x 110 x 48 mm (4.6 x 4.3 x 1.9 inches). Supported processor models include the Intel Core i3-1220P, Core i5-1240P, and Core i7-1260P, which can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a storage solution supporting an M.2 slot with PCIe 4.0 X4 compatibility and a 2.5-inch drive by for SATA HDDs / SSDs.
Unfortunately, the form-factor does not allow for Thunderbolt 4 support, but the port selection is still generous, offering 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DP 1.4 capabilities, 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI 2.0b + DP 1.4a video outs, an audio jack and dual 2.5 GbE jacks. Connectivity features also include an advanced Wi-Fi 6E module with BT 5.2.
Users who would prefer a lower budget build can choose from among the different motherboard solutions that include support for Alder Lake-U processors like the i7-1265UE, i5-1245UE, i3-1215UE, i7-1255U, i5-1235U, i3-1215U and even Celeron 7305. These models come with the exact same RAM / storage / port specs as the Alder Lake-P variants.
Pricing and availability info is not yet available, since Intel is still in the process of shipping its Alder Lake mobile processors to partners, and laptops are prioritized.