As we discovered final September, ASUS has taken over Intel’s NUC division. However, this vary of mini-computers is dropping a few of its feathers, because the model is discontinuing the NUC Extreme sequence. Due to its measurement and technical constraints, the sequence was not broadly adopted, particularly because it competes instantly with sure machines from the Taiwanese producer.
NUC Extreme: ASUS discontinues the sequence!
As a reminder, the NUC sequence is a variety of ultra-compact computer systems initially supplied by Intel. For larger efficiency, the corporate supplied the Extreme model, which got here with a big CPU and a PCIe slot for a devoted graphics card. However, this vary got here very near an ITX laptop, which is already supplied by ASUS. In its catalog, the model gives the Strix G16CHR primarily based on an i7 14700KF and an RTX 4080.
This choice to discontinue the sequence implies that the NUC 13 Extreme will stay the final mannequin within the vary. As a reminder, it supplied a big Core i9 13900K-based configuration with the choice of becoming a big graphics card.
However, upgrading this machine was no straightforward activity, since a brand new motherboard needed to be developed to accommodate a 14900K, for instance. Upgrading the graphics card would make sense, however what’s the purpose of providing a “next-generation” machine and not using a new processor?
All these technical causes led ASUS to discontinue the sequence. However, this doesn’t imply that there gained’t be a ROG mannequin sooner or later, nor a model providing a minimal of efficiency. On the opposite, at CES, ASUS unveiled its ROG NUC, a 2.5l machine outfitted with a Core Ultra 9 and a cellular RTX 4070.