October 24, 2023

What is a NUC?


What is a NUC?

The Next Unit of Computing or NUC (rhymes with "luck”) is an extensive portfolio of compact mini-PCs, adaptable barebones kits, and versatile elements crafted to meet the computing needs of a wide range of users. From dynamic commercial and industrial settings to extreme gaming setups, NUC systems are meticulously designed to thrive in a multitude of environments. 

Why NUC?

The NUC stands out with its compact size and potent performance, driven by latest Intel® Core™ processors. Its unique appeal lies in its customization options, allowing users to tailor configurations with preferred memory, storage, and graphics cards, making it versatile across areas such as gaming, commercial, and industrial. Additionally, NUC systems prioritize environmental sustainability by being eco-friendly, thanks to their upgradeable, repairable, and reusable nature.

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NUC for Gaming

NUC mini-PCs and kits offer the ultimate gaming experience without the bulk. These compact powerhouses allow you to build your own mini gaming PC tailored to your preferences. NUCs for gaming feature Intel® Core™ processors, delivering top-tier performance and incredible experiences in a small form factor. Gaming NUCs rival standard-size PCs, supporting 4K monitors, multiple peripherals, and seamless gameplay – all with a modular design. 

Highlight: NUC 13 Extreme

The NUC 13 Extreme, driven by 13th Gen Intel Core processors, is an innovative gaming powerhouse that offers robust graphics card support, fast memory, and the latest Wi-Fi technology. The system's advanced chassis design ensures cool temperatures and minimal noise while its cable-less setup and lightning-speed graphics capabilities make it a top choice for gaming, streaming, and eSports.


NUC for Business

NUC also redefines business computing by packing immense power within palm-sized devices. With Intel® Core™ processors and an array of I/O options, NUC caters to a myriad of commercial environments, including graphics-intensive workstations, conference rooms, educational settings, and government institutions. These reliable systems optimize office space, support multiple 4K displays, and streamline operations, making them indispensable for diverse business needs. NUC mini-PCs and elements for enterprise use ensure commercial-grade reliability, versatility, manageability, and security.  

Highlight: NUC 13 Pro 

NUC 13 Pro mini-PCs, kits, and motherboards are equipped with the latest 13th Gen Intel Core processors. These compact 4x4 form factor systems offer advanced memory support for the most demanding tasks. With features like power control and cloud-based manageability, these eco-friendly, upgradable systems are ideal for 24x7 operation, providing a reliable enterprise-grade solution. Moreover, the NUC Pro Software Suite (NPSS) guarantees uninterrupted digital signage applications.

ASUS NUC Creative

NUC for Industry

NUC offers robust edge computing solutions for industry and IoT applications. From ready-to-use options to customizable kits and boards, NUC empowers users to create tailored embedded digital devices. With high performance industrial applications, NUC can be incorporated in a range of areas, such as manufacturing lines, transportation systems, and robotics. Its ability to be seamlessly integrated into applications like Smart Healthcare, Smart Retail, and Smart Manufacturing make it the top choice for AIoT uses.  

Highlight: NUC 13 Compute Element:

The NUC 13 Compute Element offers a compact, ready-to-use solution with components like CPU, RAM, and Wi-Fi in a single module. It enables cost-effective build or updating of edge solutions with diverse processing power, robust I/O, and flexible form factors. Easy integration and compatibility with various components make it ideal for applications like retail kiosks, hospital patient monitors, as well as factory HMI and control panels.

ASUS NUC for Manufacturing

From Intel to ASUS: NUC Forward

This September, a new era of NUC began when ASUS officially took over the manufacture and sale of Intel NUC 10th to 13th generation product lines. ASUS has not only licensed both hardware system designs and software from Intel, but will also develop future NUC systems.

Our rich legacy of delivering ultra-compact and powerful ASUS mini-PCs, coupled with an unwavering commitment to innovation, uniquely position ASUS to take over Intel’s NUC product lines and take the NUC systems forward.

Related Reading: ASUS Officially Takes Over Intel NUC Product Lines at Signing Ceremony

The new generation of ASUS NUC products will embody design thinking, boasting enhanced capabilities, an array of solutions, top-notch product quality, and a strong commitment to sustainability. We are poised to revolutionize the landscape of small form factor solutions, catering to diverse needs such as gaming, business, edge computing, and AIoT applications. Get ready to embrace a new era of compact computing excellence with ASUS NUC! 

For more information on the ASUS NUC please visit the NUC Overview page.

NUC 13 Extreme Kit
NUC 13 Extreme Kit
NUC 13 Extreme Kit
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  • 125W 13th Gen Intel  Core i9/i7/i5 processors
  • PCle x16 Gen5 slot supports triple-slot 12" (313mm) graphics cards, up to ~450W
  • Up to 64GB dual-channel DDR5-4800 memory
  • 2x Thunderbolt™ 4/ USB Type-C ports, Connect up to three 4K displays
  • Intel  2.5GbE (i226-V)/10GbE (AQC113) LAN and Intel  Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i
  • Fully modular 750W 80+ Gold SFX12VO internal power
NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element
NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element
NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element
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  • Dual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMM slots, 1.2V, 64GB max
  • PCIe 5.0 x16 Gold Finger
  • 3x M.2 key M slots:
    - 1x 80 CPU-attached PCIe x4 Gen4 NVMe
    - 2x 42/80 PCH-attached PCIe x4 Gen4 NVMe or SATA3 SSD
    - RAID-0 and RAID-1 capable
  • Intel® Optane™ SSD and Intel® Optane™ Memory M10, H10, and H20 ready
  • HDMI 2.1 TMDS Compatible connector (up to 4K60), 2x Thunderbolt™ 4 ports, supports Three 4K displays
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211"