After the recent launch Intel NUC 11 Extreme Edition (Beast Canyon), it is reported that Intel is developing its next NUC.A sort of Weibo users Shared the so-called specifications of NUC 12 enthusiasts, which may compete for a position on the list The best gaming computer.
The leaked slides were cut before the NUC 12 enthusiast’s code name appeared. From what we can see, it seems to say snakes, so NUC may be called Snake Canyon internally, but we are not sure. The information clearly states that the Federal Communications Commission has not yet signed NUC 12 Enthusiast, so the final design and specifications may be different. In fact, the Intel documentation does not even specify the size of the system.
The most interesting thing is that Intel may use its upcoming Xe-HPG DG2 discrete graphics card for NUC 12 Enthusiast. This document lists the Core i5 and two Core i7 with graphics cards with 8GB, 12GB and 16GB GDDR6 memory respectively.Memory configuration and Rumored specifications of DG2.
The specification sheet shared via Weibo points to information about DG2 not yet shared: the design of the display output. According to the slide, DG2 will provide HDMI 2.0 port, full-size DisplayPort 2.0 output and Mini DisplayPort. Neither AMD nor Nvidia graphics cards are equipped with DisplayPort 2.0 output, which further supports our theory that the mysterious graphics card is actually Xe HPG DG2.
In addition, the slide points to NUC 12 enthusiasts using next-generation Intel processors, we assume it is the 12th generation Alder Lake Hybrid chips. As always, Intel seems to offer different CPU options for NUC, including Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs. Surprisingly, there is no mention of Core i9 replacements.
According to reports, Alder Lake supports both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM. It seems that Intel will choose the former in NUC 12 Enthusiast. The device is equipped with two SO-DIMM DDR4 memory slots, which can support up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory at 1.2V. The storage options look good too.Obviously, there are two PCIe 4.0 x4 and 1 PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280 slot. It also provides support for Optane memory M10 and H10.
According to reports, NUC 12 Enthusiast will also provide a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet network, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5 connections, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports and six standard USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports.
We expect Intel to launch Alder Lake later this year or early 2022. In either case, we expect that NUC 12 Enthusiast will be launched at the same time as the 12th generation chip or soon.