intel NUC i3 and Gaming — Fortnite and Surviving Mars
This tiny palm sized box can actually run games.
This last week, I have been using the i3 for my tutoring work. It’s surprisingly powerful considering it’s a 10th gen edition, and its a tiny PC. Of course, I have added 32 GB of RAM and a super fast M2 SSD. These things are definitely helping.
Yet, I am constantly reminded that this is an i3 computer in a tiny enclosure, no larger than my wallet. I am very impressed. Then, I figured, why not run a few basic games.
For this purpose, I decided to go with two games.
Obviously, we are using an onboard GPU here. and there is no dedicated video memory. I decided to put the resolution at 1080p, which is my current monitor. My 2K monitor is still in storage.
I tweaked around the settings for the both the game, and, it’s playable. I played one match on Fortnite. And I played for a few minutes with Surviving Mars. There are dropped frames, and anti aliasing has to be reduced or turned off.
Yet, it was good enough. I still have my Xbox and god willing, my RTX will be back to normal after repairs, but meanwhile, I can use this i3 for some emergency gaming, no problem.