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The GMK NucBox G1 is a compact desktop computer with a 15-watt Intel Processor N95 quad-core chip based on Intel’s Alder Lake-N architecture. It also features a 2.5 GbE Ethernet port, and support for up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to a 2TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD.
Prices starting at $240 for a model with 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage, but GMK is offering 10% off to customers who pre-order one now. The NucBox G1 should begin shipping by the end of April.
The little computer measures 114 x 106 x 42mm (4.5″ x 4.2″ x 1.7″) and weighs 360 grams (about 13 ounces), making it small enough that it won’t take up much space on a desk or TV stand. It can also be mounted to the back of a display.
It’s an actively-cooled device with a fan inside the chassis and vents on three sides.
- 2 x HDMI (4K/60Hz)
- 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
- 1 x 3.5mm audio
- 1 x DC power input (12V/4A)
Under the hood there’s a single SODIMM slot for DDR4-3200 memory and a single M.2 2280 slot for storage. GMK is selling models with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $240 or 16GB/1TB models for $280, but the company says users can upgrade either model on their own to with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.
There’s also a wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
The NucBox G1 is the latest in a line of mini PCs from GMK, and the company’s first with an Alder Lake-N processor, which should bring a significant boost in CPU and graphics performance over models with previous-gen chips based on Intel’s Jasper Lake architecture.
But it’s not exactly the most powerful or versatile Alder Lake-N mini PC around. Other models have features like faster chips, USB-C ports, or multiple Ethernet jacks.
Still, I’m not going to complain about having more choices.
This article was first published April 7, 2023 and most recently updated April 12, 2023 to reflect that GMK has reduced the starting price while doubling the amount of storage included with entry-level configurations.