ASRock NUC BOX-1260P An Intel Core i7 NUC Alternative


ASRock NUC BOX-1260P Intel Core i7-1260P Performance

Instead of going through the entire Linux-Bench test suite, we are going to show a few performance and power numbers here to give a general sense of performance. This also gives us the opportunity to test with Linux/ Ubuntu instead of just Windows.

Python Linux 4.4.2 Kernel Compile Benchmark

This is one of the most requested benchmarks for STH over the past few years. The task was simple, we have a standard configuration file, the Linux 4.4.2 kernel from, and make the standard auto-generated configuration utilizing every thread in the system. We are expressing results in terms of compiles per hour to make the results easier to read:

Intel Core I7 1260P Linux Kernel Compile Benchmark
Intel Core I7 1260P Linux Kernel Compile Benchmark

The Intel Core i7-1260P narrowly performs below the Ryzen 7 5800U which the AMD version of this NUC uses.

7-zip Compression Performance

7-zip is a widely used compression/ decompression program that works cross-platform. We started using the program during our early days with Windows testing. It is now part of Linux-Bench.

Intel Core I7 1260P 7zip Compression Benchmark
Intel Core I7 1260P 7zip Compression Benchmark

The performance difference is quite small between the Core i7-1260P and the Ryzen 7 5800U, which makes sense due to them both having 16 threads.

OpenSSL Performance

OpenSSL is widely used to secure communications between servers. This is an important protocol in many serverĀ stacks. We first look at our sign tests:

Intel Core I7 1260P OpenSSL Sign Benchmark
Intel Core I7 1260P OpenSSL Sign Benchmark

Here are the verify results:

Intel Core I7 1260P OpenSSL Verify Benchmark
Intel Core I7 1260P OpenSSL Verify Benchmark

Overall, the Core i7-1260P was similar in performance in comparison to the Ryzen 7 5800U unit. Some may point to a small lead for AMD, but realistically these are so close it should not make a huge difference. However, a main advantage of the intel platform is the compatibility with any Intel-specific features such as QuickSync video.

GeekBench 5 Results

Since we used GeekBench 5 to demonstrate the power consumption of the system, we wanted to just show our Intel v. AMD results here:

ASRock 4x4 BOX-5800U Vs ASRock NUC BOX-1260P
ASRock 4×4 BOX-5800U Vs ASRock NUC BOX-1260P

In that test, Intel is ahead by a decent margin, but still, 7% on the multi-thread score is probably not what will make a decision one way or another. The 28% higher single-thread score may be interesting to many folks though.

Next, let us get to the power consumption and noise.


  1. I think it’s worth mentioning that one of the Type-C ports supports USB4 (and maybe also Thunderbolt), I have the i5 model and am using a 10GbE Thunderbolt NIC with it.

  2. I might be talking about a different device actually, I have an Asrock Industrial NUC BOX-1240P, the main difference being the different CPU and the “industrial” branding – however it looks exactly identical to the reviewed model.

    The datasheet says it supports USB4 on the Type C port pending certification, so not really official. I tested with two Thunderbolt devices, one of them a “Sonnet Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 SFP+” as well as an external NVMe enclosure (also TB3), it works but only on one of the Type-C ports.

  3. Nils

    I have over 100 of the Sonnet TB3 to SFP+ on my Intel NUC11 Pros and NUC13 Pros – they have been flawless and faster / more stable than the Intel and Mellanox 10GbE…

  4. Does the NUC BOX-1260P support Intel vPro ?
    It’s said on intel ark that the i7-1260p should support vPro Essential and the nics are i225-LM, but does the Bios allow it ?
    Thanks for the feedback


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