The GMK NucBox2 is now shipping with an Intel Core i5-8259U for US$489.99
In January, GMK announced the successor to the NucBox, its miniature mini-PC that we reviewed last year. The NucBox2 remains small at 127 x 127 x 53.1 mm, but not to the same extent as the NucBox is. However, the NucBox2 is considerably more powerful than its predecessor, which explains GMK's decision to build its latest machine in a larger chassis.
Currently, the NucBox2 is available to order from GMK or via retailers like Geekbuying. The latter prices the machine at US$489.99 and is shipping from its Chinese or German warehouses now. By contrast, GMK sells the NucBox2 on its website for US$499, although it is running a US$50 'Welcome50' coupon on the machine. Hence, you could pick the NucBox2 up for as little as US$449, but GMK has not committed to a shipment date beyond 'mid-March'.
The machine itself has a Core i5-8259U processor, which is from Intel's Coffee Lake family. The CPU has four cores, eight threads and a 3.8 GHz boost clock that it achieves on a 28 W TDP. GMK pre-installs 8 GB of RAM, but there are two SO-DIMM slots should you wish to add more. Additionally, the company includes a replaceable 256 GB NVMe SSD and has left space for adding a 2.5-inch drive.
Meanwhile, the NucBox2 has four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB 3.0 Gen2 Type-C port and dual HDMI ports that support 4K/60 FPS. The Iris Plus Graphics 655 integrated on the Core i5-8259U can utilise these HDMI ports simultaneously, for reference. Moreover, the NucBox2 supports Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and Gigabit Ethernet.