ASUS NUC14RVHv7 and ASRock Industrial NUC BOX-155H Review: Meteor Lake Brings Accelerated AI to UCFF PCs

Intel’s Meteor Lake series of processors has had a drawn-out launch since its details were officially presented in September 2023. The series marks Intel’s foray into the consumer market with a tile-based chiplet configuration held together with Foveros packaging. Similar to Tiger Lake, the focus of Meteor Lake has primarily been on the mobile market – ultraportables and notebooks. However, this has not prevented Intel and its partners from introducing it as a follow-up to Raptor Lake-P and Raptor Lake-H in the SFF / UCFF desktop market.

ASRock Industrial has consistently been the first to market with ultra-compact form-factor motherboards and mini-PCs, with product announcements coinciding with Intel’s launch of its latest and greatest mobile processors. Meteor Lake has not been any different, with the NUC(S) Ultra 100 BOX series launching towards the end of Q4 2023. In the meanwhile, Intel’s NUC business unit was purchased by ASUS and had its first major product announcement in the form of the Meteor Lake-based Revel Canyon NUCs at the 2024 CES.

The flagship NUC Ultra 100 BOX system is the NUC BOX-155H based on the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H. The Revel Canyon NUC lineup includes a model based on the Core Ultra 7 165H with vPro capabilities, with its claim to fame being the ability to hit 5 GHz on the performance cores. Read on for a detailed look at the features and performance profile of the ASRock Industrial NUC BOX-155H and the ASUS NUC14RVHv7. The analysis also helps in establishing the potential and benefits of Meteor Lake for the UCFF desktop market over its predecessors and the competition.

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