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Graphics Cards in Intel NUC units: Comparison with a gaming laptop (Asus G750JS)

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In looking for a replacement for my dead gaming laptop (Asus G750JS), I've been looking at the Intel NUC mini-computers (not the fanless ones), as well as PC towers. One of the considerations was to have a GPU/CPU system that would be good enough for some gaming e.g Supertuxkart, Roblox, as well as the usual day-to-day admin tasks.

To enable comparisons, I used  then checked costs at  and presented the data as a spreadsheet table.  I thought I'd post my finds here, as they might be useful for anyone considering the GPU & gaming capabilities of some of the Intel NUC units that are available at the present time.

In the link below, graphics cards are arranged in order, performance decreasing as you read across the table from left to right. Unfortunately, the benchmark website didn't have any data for the Intel Iris Plus 655 graphics card - I assume this is because it's very new on the market. I've included details of my dead Asus gaming laptop for a direct comparison:
Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 01:17:13 PM by m654321
64bit OS (32-bit on Samsung netbook) installed in Legacy mode on MBR-formatted SSDs (except pi which uses a micro SDHC card):
2017 - Raspberry pi 3B (4cores) ~ Arm710@1.2GHz - LibreElec, used for upgrading our Samsung TV (excellent for the task)  
2012 - Lenovo G580 2689 (2cores; 4threads] ~ i3-3110M@2.4GHz - LL3.8/Win8.1 dual-boot (LL working smoothly)
2011 - Samsung NP-N145 Plus (1core; 2threads) ~ Intel Atom N455@1.66GHz - LL 3.8 32-bit (64-bit too 'laggy')
2008 - Asus X71Q (2cores) ~ Intel T3200@2.0GHz - LL4.6/Win8.1 dual-boot, LL works fine with kernel 4.15
2007 - Dell Latitude D630 (2cores) ~ Intel T7100@1.8GHz - LL4.6, works well with kernel 4.4; 4.15 doesn't work


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