Something powerful, small, quiet - Intel NUC?

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Something powerful, small, quiet - Intel NUC?

Still working on my stone age Dell XPS 15 Laptop. It is a 2011 model with a 2nd gen Intel i7 quad CPU (i7-2720QM) and 8GB ram, and a 512GB SSD.

The system is still quite OK for everyday tasks. I only wish for snappier 4k performance (external monitor) and an overall quieter operation. The CPU fan runs often.

I searched around. Since I do not really need another laptop, I was hoping by ditching the "mobile" aspect, I could get a huge performance boost over my current laptop for a bargain. I mean, it is 7 years later now.

But it seems any decently spec'ed Intel NUC easily costs >1000$ and will not even double CPU performance, according to several benchmarks.

That's a little disappointing.

Or am I wrong?

What would be the best bang for the buck, with an emphasis on quiet operation and small form factor?

Regards,

Medon

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