WHAT’S IN THE BOX
2TB SK HYNIX PLATINUM P41 PCIE 4.0 NVME M.2 2280 SSD $260
ZOTAC GAMING GEFORCE RTX 4070 TI TRINITY OC 12GB $850
We all know that essentially, this is a rebadged RTX 4080 12GB. It may not offer the best value in Nvidia’s 2023 lineup, but it’s still a powerful piece of kit.
Currently, it’s the least powerful 40 series card, sitting below the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090, but that shouldn’t take anything away from this card. It still offers great performance and this specific model only needs a 750W PSU.
The issues come down to the pricing. We’re currently in a world where a powerful GPU that doesn’t cost over $1,000 is a relative bargain, and that’s a scary state of affairs. However, if you want to get your hands on a 40-series card and its resulting power, efficiency and features, then this is the card to get.
This Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Trinity OC comes with 12GB of GDDR6X, is powered by the NVIDIA Ada Lovelace architecture, features DLSS 3.0 technology, and is great for ray-traced games. It’s also not as loud as its older competitor. It’s just about the most powerful GPU we can fit into our Intel NUC 13 Extreme—at least on the Nvidia side of things, that is! www.zotacstore.com
64GB (2x 32GB)
CORSAIR VENGEANCE SODIMM DDR54800MHZ $265
To boost overall performance and improve longevity in this machine, we’ve swapped out the 32GB of Kingston Fury Impact KF548S38IBK2-32 SODIMM RAM for 64GB of Corsair’s Vengeance SODIMM DDR5 RAM. They both boast the same 4800MHz speeds, yet we are doubling our capacity here with Corsair’s offering. We’ve become familiar with the Corsair Vengeance lineup of memory over the years and they’ve been a dependable choice for many rigs we’ve put together.
Of course, it’s not common for us to use the SODIMM format typically found in laptops, but we needed it for the Intel NUC 13 Extreme, so we looked to Corsair for a RAM kit. Out of the box, it’s tuned for maximum speed, meaning we don’t have to go into the BIOS to get the most out of our memory.
We’ve previously tried and tested the SK Hynix Platinum P41 with great success at MaximumPC as it provides reliable snappy speeds in prolonged testing. In our most recent build, we had our hands on the 1TB model, but we’re switching things up here, and like the RAM, we’re doubling our capacity—2TB should provide plenty of room for a great arsenal of games and applications.
If you’re working on large productivity-based projects, fear not, as there are two further M.2 slots in the Intel NUC 13 Extreme to expand storage. This Platinum P41 offers read and write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and 6,500MB/s, which is more than enough for file transfers and load times. Paired with the i9-13900K, this machine should be blisteringly fast in processing tasks.