Intel NUC 11 Extreme is one of the models in which the chip giant is working to update a series of mini-PCs, which increases in level with each generation.

And of new generation we speak with the base of this Intel NUC 11 Extreme, which has appeared on the 3D Max Benchmark testing site, approaching the premiere of the eleventh generation of Core processors, Tiger Lake. Another platform, yes, adding to a really impressive catalog in number. The troublesome transition to 10nm generation processes has complicated chip development at Intel and the result is that the number of platforms available is going to accumulate. Even more.

The new NUC is enthusiastic class and is called “Phantom Canyon”. It will have a volume size of 1.3 liters and will be able to equip Core i7 or Core i5 processors, under a new architecture that combines Willow Cove CPU (10nm +) with integrated graphics based on Intel’s new Xe graphics architecture.

You will also have the option to equip dedicated graphics and the tested model includes a GeForce 1660 Ti with 6 or 8 Gbytes of dedicated memory. Although the CPU is of the series of low voltage “U”, with a TDP of 28 watts, its frequency rises to 4.4 GHz and together with the NVIDIA graphics it achieves a respectable score for what is still a mini -PC.

It will support up to 64 Gbytes of dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM and as an option you can equip Optane M10 cache memory. Although not confirmed, another notable novelty will come for storage, with the premiere of the interface PCI-Express 4.0 which until now is only available with the latest Ryzen from AMD. The support will be done through an M.2-2280 slot and will be completed with other SATA 6 Gbps.

The section of the connectivity It will also be well covered, starting with an Intel LAN Ethernet port up to 2500 Mbps. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 will not be missing, and HDMI 2.0b and Mini DisplayPort 1.4 output ports. They will also offer front and rear Thunderbolt 3 ports and a microSD card reader. We do not know price, but it will not be of economic range.

All in all, these Intel NUC 11 Extreme will not be the most powerful of the giant chip in mini-PCs for this year. This is reserved for «Ghost Canyon«, Based on Core i9 processors with up to 8 cores and 16 native processing threads under Hyper-threading and with a free PCIe x16 slot for consumers who want to mount dedicated graphics and two M.2 slots for NVMe SSD in RAID.

Another novelty will be «Quartz Canyon«, The first time Intel creates a workstation under the NUC series. They are intended for content creation, CAD, production or financial services. They will be able to equip 8-core Intel Xeon E or 9th-generation Core i7 vPro processors and will support high-end desktop graphics cards. They will have Optane memory support, ECC registered memories, double Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6 AX200 and double Ethernet connection. These «mini» computers are really impressive.


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