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The Simply NUC Onyx line of mini PCs are small, but powerful, computers with support for up to an Intel Core i9-13900H processor. Up until recently, the company only offered models with integrated graphics, but now Simply NUC has launched a new Onyx Pro computer with a slightly larger chassis support for an optional discrete GPU.

Simply NUC’s Onyx Pro is available for pre-order for $1,199 and up.

What you get for the starting price is a 196 x 189 x 48mm (7.7″ x 7.4″ x 1.9″) computer with a 45-watt Intel Core i9-13900H processor featuring 14 cores, 20 threads, and Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 8GB of DDR5-5600 memory, and a 256GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD.

But you can upgrade the computer with up to 96GB of dual-channel memory, up to three SSDs (there’s a single M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 slot and two M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3 slots), and a PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for discrete graphics. Simply NUC offers three GPU options:

  • Intel Arc A40
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX3200
  • NVIDIA T1000

All models also feature two 10 GbE SFP+ fiber ports and two 2.5 GbE LAN ports, a MediaTek MT7922 wireless card with support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and an HDMI 2.0 port, as well as seven USB ports:

  • 2 x USB4 Type-C (with DisplayPort Alt Mode)
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A

There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack on the front of the system, and a power jack on the back. The computer comes with a 19V/180W power supply.

Meanwhile, folk who don’t need discrete graphics or 10 GbE SFP+ cages might be able to save a few bucks by opting for one of the other members of the Simply NUC Onyx family: pries start at about $699 for a model with an Intel Core i5-13500H processor.

Update: As Korey points out, the Onyx Pro looks virtually identical to the MINISFORUM MS-01 mini PC that launched in December, and which is a heck of a lot cheaper than the Onyx Pro.

Prices for an MS-01 with an Intel Core i9-13900H processor currently start at $679 for a barebones model without any discrete GPU (allowing customers to bring their own memory, storage, graphics card, and operating system).

The MINISFORUM model also comes with Intel Core i9-12900H and Core i5-12450H processor options, with prices currently starting at $549 and $419 for barebones configurations, respectively.

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  1. Can you have one 3.5″ hard drive in there? That would be a great small nas backup with 10gb Ethernet, nvme for cache drives, and second nvme for boot.

    1. It’s smaller than an HP Elitedesk 800 G1, and even if you yanked the CD drive and drilled holes in the side of the case, you’d still have a collision with a heat sink.
      Sticking a 4X4 box on a USB enclosure would probably be a better choice as long as it’s USB 3.2 and up. And then after that, it’s better to just build in a proper NAS case or desktop case that allows for easy hard drive access. You’ll always want more disks.