I’m also curious about NUC performance. I’m in the process of building my first C3 based rig and I’m torn between a laptop, NUC, Surface Pro or a custom rack system. I’ve read that the NUCs can get hot and throttle down, and I don’t know if that has too much of a negative impact on audio. I suppose any mobile system could do that too. A custom rack system with integrated audio interface could be nice too (similar to the Seelake AudioStation).
To start, I’ll be using 2 keyboard controllers (Roland A-88 + Akai MPK261) and using Omnisphere/KeyScape, UVI library, HALion, various u-he synths, PianoTeq, Blue3, Dexed, OP-X Pro II, and several other synths and effects that I’ve been buying over the years (way more than I really need ) . I don’t know if a laptop class processor is good enough or if a desktop class processor is really needed to handle anything I might throw at it.
I was looking at a Skull Canyon NUC with 32GB RAM and a Samsung 960 PRO drive along with either a BabyFace Pro or Apollo Twin MKII Solo. I probably need some sort of a small touch screen too. I would hate to invest in all of that and it not work well because of heat issues (if any).
What would those of you that have been through this consider the ideal compact system these days?