Intel NUC X15 King County: Reference gaming notebook with TGL-H45 and RTX 3000

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Intel NUC X15 King County: Reference gaming notebook with TGL-H45 and RTX 3000

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One year after the NUC M15 as the first reference notebook for the business market with Tiger Lake-U and optional Evo certification, Intel is sending a gaming offshoot: the NUC X15. Also designed for 15.6 inches, there is now a maximum of an eight-core Tiger Lake-H45 processor, accompanied by a GeForce RTX 3060/3070.

The new reference notebook from Intel is 357 mm × 235 mm × 21.65 mm in size. In the 15.6-inch version, the smallest version with Core i5 and RTX 3060 always offers a display with Full HD at 144 Hz, only with the Core i7 variants with RTX 3060 or then also RTX 3070 does the variety get bigger: Full HD with 240 Hz or QHD with 165 Hz. Intel is swimming with the masses of the gaming market, but the real high-end solutions are already on the move with 360 Hz with Full HD.

Intel NUC X15 laptop Intel NUC X15 laptop (Image: Intel)

The game continues with the selection of the CPUs. The Intel Core i7-11800H is the sensible choice for CPUs, as it already offers eight cores, but at a reasonable price and not pushed to the absolute limit of performance and consumption. The smaller Core i5-11400H only offers six cores with the same TDP of 45 watts.

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    Intel NUC X15 laptop (Image: Intel)

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    The equipment of the reference notebook is up-to-date: A PCIe 4.0 SSD can be used as well as Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1 is available for graphics output, an SDXC card reader is included, as well as the typical USB and audio ports. A 94-Whr battery should provide some runtime, although this depends heavily on the display and the applications or the game.

    It is not yet known who will be among the first partners to sell this model. Last year was one of the first donors, later followed by Adata, who made practically no changes to the device and brought it to the market almost 1: 1 only under their name.

    Intel NUC P14E laptop element

    For the business market, Intel has also launched the interesting NUC P14E, code name Camden County. The 13.9-inch notebook with a resolution of 3,000 × 2,000 pixels and a 77-Whr battery and a weight of 1.5 kilograms must be equipped with a compute element and an SSD by major customers. In addition to the CPU, the compute element has a choice of six models, including 4 to 16 GByte LPDDR4. Intel had already hoped for this type of upgradeable notebook two years ago at the launch of the first Compute Element, now it is defacto itself with a whitebook.

    Intel NUC Compute Element Intel NUC Compute Element

    Intel explicitly advertises with an upgrade opportunity to future Compute Elements. The notebook, which is state-of-the-art for all connections, can thus be upgraded and used further with minimal effort. In the end, the price should decide how sensible this venture is.

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    Intel NUC P14E (Image: Intel)

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