When comparing Rock64 vs Intel NUC, the Slant community recommends Rock64 for most people. In the question“What are the best single-board computers?” Rock64 is ranked 11th while Intel NUC is ranked 20th.
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Pro USB 3 Bus support
Pro Can have up to 4gb of low power RAM
Pro Gigabyte ethernet
Pro Beats Raspberry Pi on price and performance
Pro Main header Pi 3 pin layout
Can use Pi shields.
Pro 4K/60h hdmi 2a
Pro Barrel power connector
More rugged connection. Less likely to be damaged.
Pro Extra Gpio pins
Pro Low TDPs
The Atom based Celeron and Pentium NUCs have a very low TDP of 10 or 15W.
Pro Intel based GPU
Almost any OS has support for the intel i9xx based GPUs.
Plenty of Operating Systems to choose.
6th gen+ models have CEC support.
Con Lack of support, Unstable USB 3,
Only Android with TV UI is available. It is almost unusable with a touchscreen display.
Community is somewhat helpful but is very small. The board developers do not participate in community discussions. No regular Android build available. Lack of accessories and project guidelines.
Con Power connector is not MicroUSB or MiniUSB
Can't use power banks as a power source because of that.
Con No on-board Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
Con Lack of accessories
Con Intel is a bitch
For an M2-port, HDR, better GPU power or more RAM support Intel wants you to buy the much higher priced iX-based models even if HDR would be possible on Atom GPU's.