ASRock NUC BOX-1165G7 Barebones Mini PC (Intel Tiger Lake + Iris Xe Graphics) Review 12

ASRock NUC BOX-1165G7 Barebones Mini PC (Intel Tiger Lake + Iris Xe Graphics) Review

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A big thank you to ASRock for providing the review sample and Kingston for providing the system memory and SSD.

ASRock has become a significant provider of motherboards and graphics cards since its formation in 2002. The company has stuck to their 3C design concept of "Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness," which has taken them from humble beginnings to enthusiast favorite. Over time, their product portfolio has also expanded from simple motherboards to high-end offerings, alongside graphics cards, routers, components, mini-PCs, and industrial systems.

Today, I look at the ASRock NUC BOX-1165G7 barebones system with an Intel i7-1165G7 at its core. The processor is an Intel 10 nm 4-core, 8-thread Tiger Lake offering with the company's Iris Xe Graphics, which has 96 execution units. Overall, the CPU has a maximum turbo frequency of 4.7 GHz with a base clock of 2.8 GHz. Meanwhile, it can support up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200. To test the system, Kingston provided both 16 GB (2x 8 GB) and 32 GB (2x 16 GB) kits of DDR4 3200 MHz memory, which retail for $80 and $160 respectively as I am writing this, along with a 500 GB KC2500 M.2 NVMe SSD, which retails for $107. To be thorough, I have tested both sets of memory to see if going big has any tangible benefits.

Model:ASRock NUC BOX-1165G7
Processor:Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7
Clock Speed: 2.8 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo)
Integrated Graphics:Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory:2x 16 GB @ 3200 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM (not included)
2x 8 GB @ 3200 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM (not included)
Provided by Kingston
Storage:500 GB Kingston KC2500 M.2 SSD (not included)
SSD Provided by Kingston
(supports 1x M.2 SSD and 1x 2.5 in. SATA drive)
Optical Drive:None
Audio:Realtek ALC233 high definition audio controller
Connectivity:1x HDMI 2.0a
1x DisplayPort 1.4
1x 1 GbE LAN
1x 2.5 GbE LAN
2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C w/DisplayPort 1.4 support
1x Audio combo jack
Communications:Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2x2 802.11ax
Bluetooth 5.1
1x Intel I225LM 2.5 GbE LAN
1x Intel I219V 1 GbE LAN w/DASH
Cooling:Active cooling (heatsink/fan)
Operating System:OS tested: Windows 10
OS included: none
Warranty:1 year
$787 & $867 (as tested)
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