Intel markets a wide range of NUC compact desktop PCs each year. It even offers larger, “extreme” NUCs geared toward gamers. Intel laptops are much rarer, and a dedicated gaming laptop was unheard of , beyond the reference prototyping for its partners that we have seen as launching of certain platforms.
Intel NUC X15 “King County” is beyond the general standard of the mini-PC format where the NUC have become a market reference because it is something else: an Intel own gaming laptop . And quite powerful. It has a 15.6-inch screen with a 240Hz refresh rate with FHD resolution or 144Hz in the case of a 2K panel.
The company will offer it in at least two versions depending on the processor it includes. Both are the latest generation 45-watt Tiger Lake H , Core i7-11800H models (8 cores and 16 threads clocked from 1.9 GHz to 4.9 GHz with Turbo Boost) or Core i5-11400H (6 cores and 12 threads). clocked from 2.2 GHz to 4.5 GHz with Turbo Boost).
The graphics subsystem is also well covered, but until Intel Arc arrives , the giant must rely on third-party solutions and specifically NVIDIA’s dedicated graphics , with the possibility of installing the RTX 3060 or RTX 3070. It has two DDR4 SODIMM slots and supports up to 64 Gbytes per slot. There’s also room for two M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSDs and state-of-the-art connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and USB 3.2 ports with Thunderbolt 4, Display Port, HDMI, and a backlit keyboard.
The Intel NUC X15 will be offered to “white label” manufacturers to base themselves on, customize, add memory, storage, and operating system, and sell it under their brand names.
Perhaps the most interesting thing is that it will also be sold directly to consumers in a barebone format . We do not know in the regions where it will be sold in retail, date of availability or price, but it may be of interest to certain users who want to provide the RAM, their SSD and install the supported systems, Windows or Linux on their own.