NUC11PAKI5 Support

I am looking to purchase NUC. Recommended/approved configurations on Roon site refer to gen 10 systems. They are still available, but for the same money (or close enough) I can get the latest gen 11 system, example NUC11PAKI5. Just launched in Australia.

Has anyone tried that hardware yet? If not, would there be a potential compatibility issue? I am not sure how deep ROCK OS ties into the BIOS and onboard hardware…


The supported hardware is listed in the ROCK Faq.

  • We have worked with Intel to support its Intel NUC line of products. They are low power high performance easy to install units that work very nicely as a Roon Core Server. The models we support are:
  1. NUC5i3xxx
  2. NUC5i5xxx
  3. NUC6i3SYx
  4. NUC6i5SYx
  5. NUC7i3BNx
  6. NUC7i5BNx
  7. NUC7i7BNx
  8. NUC7i3DNx
  9. NUC7i5DNx
  10. NUC7i7DNx
  11. NUC8i3BEx
  12. NUC8i5BEx
  13. NUC8i5BEx
  14. NUC8i7BEx
  15. NUC10i3FNx
  16. NUC10i5FNx
  17. NUC10i7FNx

Rock doesn’t yet support UEFI boot, which NUC 11 requires, though it’s apparently in the works.


It has been a long time since NUC11 is out on the market. I’d like to run Roon Rock on my NUC11 as well. So, when do you plan to serve the new version of Roon Rock that supports EFI?

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If anyone has a NUC11PAKi5 (or i3/i7), and has Linux running on it, I could use some assistance. PM me please.

@Oskar_Kemal_Gerson i have UEFI working on NUCs, but there are some kinks to work out.


Hello Danny,
My hardware is NUC11TNKV5, Kingston 16GB RAM and Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe 2TB.
I’m ruuning RoonServer app on Windows 10.
I’d like to run Roon ROCK.
So, if you have any solution, please share.

Thanks in advance.


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I have a variation of this unit (TN) and struggling to get the ethernet driver working. I have it booting, but no ethernet.

It’s the PA I don’t have.

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Wow that’s very good news. So you only need a driver for the ethernet. I hope you can get it from Intel. They should support you on this matter. Looking forward to hear the good news from you soon.

All the best

I have one from Intel, but it doesn’t work with the kernel I need to use for DSD native support.

I’ll figure it out, but I wanted to see if the PA had the same situation as the TN.

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I’m a computer engineer and I can do anything on Windows platform but when it comes to Linux I’m a rookie. I’d like to give it a try (though as I’m not very familiar with Linux.) If you can implement the driver to the Roon Rock image. Or give me the instructions, what do. No problem.

As a new member to Roon, I got a bit over my ski’s and purchased an NUC 11 PAHi7, only to find out that it wasn’t supported. I would love to hear when a fix is available. In the mean time I’m running Roon Core on a desk top. My only issue is the fan noise.

Hi Rad, there is nothing stopping you running Linux or Windows on that device.
The only thing not supported is Rock, and for many new users that is the easiest way to run Roon as simple headless and rarely need to touch system.
Hopefully Roon with have Rock 2 out in the near future, but they never give a date, only when it is ready.


Use Roon Core on Windows on the NUC11.

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Michael and wklie,

Thank you for the input. I was trying to avoid using Windows if possible. I’m in no hurry so will wait for a while to see if Danny can get an updated Roon OS. Otherwise I will take our advice and setup Win OS.

Whats “a while” for you? If you load Windows now, you can always blow it away when the UEFI enabled ROCK does appear.


It’s also a good opportunity to try a Linux build.
From memory an X86 build of DietPi that was my go-to Pi solution.
This has Roon ability via a menu install, so could be pretty easy.

I run Roon Extension manager on it and I don’t think I have touched it for two or three years. It handles the updates and everything else.
That could be worth a few hours of your time

Grab it and install Ubuntu plus roon server.

You can always change to Rock when it becomes compatible.


Windows sucks big ones.

Why the need to have the lastest gen NUC for ROCK? Is there a specific reason other than FOMO?

In the case of running ROCK, many previous gen NUCs (new or used) will be more than adequate. NUCs aren’t like cookies. They don’t go stale.

In what ways do you consider Roon on Windows “suck” compared to Roon on Linux?