Minisforum releases ultra-thin mini PCs based on Intel NUC X15

Minisforum is a name associated with mini PCs with modern processors. But as it seems, the name will now also be introduced in a new category as the company enters a new market with its new ultra-thin desktop PC which is based on the design of a laptop.

Both the NUC X15 and X17 systems ship with Intel’s 11th generation Core Tiger Lake CPUs. As the name of the products suggests, it seems clear that both systems will also include Intel’s X15 Laptop Kit. The laptop kit, codenamed King County, was introduced by Intel last year. These are the company’s reference systems that come with a motherboard, discrete GPU, and CPU. The GPU can be an RTX 3060 or RTX 3070.

It is mainly the OEMs who use Intel’s NUC laptop kits. It is because they would rather spend more on marketing the laptops rather than designing them from scratch. Minisforum’s design is somewhere in the middle; it has the inside of the NUC X15 series, but on the outside a custom ultra-thin chassis that is 39.4 cm long.

The NUC X15 and X17 come with an 8-core Core i7-11800H CPU or a 6-core Core i5-11400H. Though slightly older now, these two are the most popular CPU options for gaming laptops. As of now, however, Intel’s Alder Lake series seems to somehow outperform it with its higher core count.

The prices of the systems have not yet been disclosed by Minisforum. Gamers looking to purchase the desktop PC can choose between GeForce RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 discrete graphics.

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