After Intel shut down its NUC business last year, Asus acquired a license to continue developing, marketing, and supporting NUC-branded mini PCs. And in January the company unveiled some of the first new NUC systems set to launch this year.

Now Asus has listed prices for two of those mini PCs and they’re… about what you’d expect. The cheapest model has a $394 list price, which makes it more expensive than many of the budget mini PCs that flood the market these days. But it’s pretty consistent with the sort of prices Intel had been charging. March 21, 2024 Update: The prices are the same at Amazon, where the NUC Pro 14 is now listed, but not yet in stock.

Asus NUC 14 Pro

That starting price will get you an Asus NUC 14 Pro with an Intel Core 3 100U processor, which is a 15-watt, 6-core, 8-thread Intel Core Mobile Series 1 processor based on Intel’s Raptor Lake architecture.

But Asus says the system will also be available with up to an Intel Core Ultra 7 165H chip based in Intel Meteor Lake-architecture, which means that users will get better CPU performance and much better integrated graphics performance… if they’re interested in paying extra for those features.

All models have two SODIMM slots with support for DDR5-5600 memory, support for PCIe Gen 4 storage, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 2.5 Gb Ethernet port, and support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

Asus NUC 14 Pro+

The Asus NUC 14 Pro+ will have a much higher starting price of $869, but this model ships standard with an Intel Meteor Lake processor and features Core 5 Ultra 125H, Core Ultra 7 155H, and Core Ultra 9 185H processor options.

This premium model also has an aluminum chassis and an enhanced cooling system with triple heat pipes and improved ventilation.

Asus hasn’t announced when you’ll actually be able to buy either of the new mini PCs.

Here’s an overview of key specs for the new Asus NUC 14 Pro/Pro+ mini PCs:

NUC 14 ProNUC 14 Pro+
ProcessorIntel Core Ultra 7 165H
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
Intel Core Ultra 5 135H
Intel Core Ultra 5 125H
Intel Core 3 100U
(TDP up to 40W)
Intel Core Ultra 9 185H
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
Intel Core Ultra 5 125H
(TDP up to 65W)
RAMUp to 96GB total
2 x SODIMM slots
Storage1 x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4x4
1 x M.2 2242 PCIe x4 NVMe
1 x 2.5 inch SATA support (select models)
1 x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4x4
1 x M.2 2242 PCIe x4 NVMe
WirelessIntel AX211
WiFi 6E
BT 5.3
Front I/O1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C (20 Gbps)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x Kensington lock
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C (20 Gbps)2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
Rear I/O2 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x HDMI 2.1
1 x RJ45 (Intel i226V/LM)
1 x DC power input
2 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x HDMI 2.1
1 x RJ45 (Intel i226V/LM)
1 x DC power input
1 x Kensington lock
Power Supply120W (Core Ultra 5/7)
90W (Core 3)
150W (Core Ultra 9)
120W (Core Ultra 5/7)
Dimensions117 x 112 x 54mm (tall)
117 x 112 x 37mm (short)
114 x 112 x 41mm
Weight750 grams (tall)
600 grams (short)
800 grams
Starting Price$394$869

via FanlessTech

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  1. Hi. Thanks for your report.

    I was considering the ASUS Chromebox 5.

    Your article does not indicate what OS will be installed with the ASUS NUC.

    I don’t understand.