Intel’s NUC line of computers are compact desktops that are powered by Intel processors… by definition. Intel has the trademark on the NUC name, so any computer that doesn’t have an Intel chip isn’t likely to be called an NUC anytime soon.

That said, there are a bunch of third-party mini PCs that look an awful lot like an NUC, and while most are powered by Intel processors, we’ve seen a few models with AMD Ryzen Embedded chips recently.

Now FanlessTech reports that a version with a non-embedded chip is on the way. The site has a pretty good track record with this sort of thing, and points out that it wouldn’t take much work for a vendor like ASRock to modify its existing Ryzen Embedded 4×4 motherboards to support a standard AMD Ryzen processor.

There’s no word yet on when we’ll see the new mini PC or how much it will cost.

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  1. I used to be of the opinion that a generic mini-ITX case and generic mini-ITX motherboard combo is a better solution than a NUC… but my NUC has been working great for years and is half the size.

    1. Yeah, NUCs serve a purpose that is more different from Mini-ITX than most people realize.

      NUCs benefit greatly from being able to be powered by a simple AC adapter. Also, their power consumption is far better than any compatible Mini-ITX solution.

      1. Almost 100% right but some thin mini-itx solutions come really close to the same power consumption especially coupled with the low-powered Pentium T-processors of the last few generations. A slightly lower voltage usually even things out completely.

        1. …I got an Asus H110T thin mini-itx mb with a undervolted Intel Pentium G4600T and a 2TB ssd running as a headless server in a small fanless AKASA case and that thing is just frugal as hell. Even compared to my three NUCs (one Celeron and two Pentiums).