The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that the ultra-compact gaming PC could feature improved Intel processors and options for Nvidia GPUS when launched in 2020 or 2021.
Leaked photos found by Techpowerup suggest it might ship with a 28-watt Tiger Lake U series chipset and PCIE-Express Gen 4 technology.
Other rumours suggest it could power Intel’s 12th-generation integrated Xe graphics architecture — alongside options for the GTX 1660 TI, and the RTX 2060.
There would appear to be Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C ports, support for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and support for the newer Wi-Fi 6 standard.
There is a customised vapour chamber and support for customisable RGB lighting.
The leak suggests that Phantom Canyon could launch in late 2020 or early 2021. That means it will succeed the current Hades Canyon model as well the incoming “Ghost Canyon” for later in 2019.
An upgrade to the newer Tiger Lake U series chipset, integrated Xe graphics, or options for the RTX chipset is a change for the NUC series. It brings more general computing power for day-to-day tasks but leaves more room for gaming. With the option for RTX graphics, Phantom Canyon will be heading for Ray Tracing too.