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Intel announces new NUC 11 mini PCs

by on15 January 2021

Coming in four versions this time

Intel has rather quietly introduced the new NUC 11 mini PCs, which will now be available in four different versions, covering a couple of market segments, ranging from integrators, embedded, desktop, to gaming high-end markets.

Intel spread its NUC 11 series into four different versions, or rather four different market segments including, The Intel NUC 11 Performance Panther Canyon, which is a desktop-replacement NUC, Intel NUC 11 Enthusiast Phantom Canyon, a gaming and creative high-end beast, Intel NUC 11 Pro Tiger Canyon for embedded systems market, and the Intel NUC 11 Compute Element, which is pretty much a NUC 11 board.

The entire lineup is based on Tiger Lake-U series CPUs, and there are now three different chassis designs.

Phantom Canyon gaming NUC is a beast

The flagship Phantom Canyon NUC is rather a beast on its own, coming with Intel's 11th gen Core i7 CPU, namely the Core i7-1165G7, which is a 28W quad-core/eight-thread CPU ticking at 2.8GHz base and 4.7GHz Turbo clock and coming with Iris Xe G7 graphics.

The CPU will be paired up with Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory in two SODIMM slots, as well as plenty of storage and connectivity options.

When it comes to storage options, as far as we can tell, you get two M.2 PCIe 4 Gen3 slots, so the sky is the limit.

On the connectivity side, the Phantom Canyon NUC features Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, WiFi 6 AX201, Bluetooth 5, HDMI 2.0b, mini DisplayPort 1.4 port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, six USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, microSD, integrated beam-forming quad-mic array, IR port, and more. It actually supports up to 4 monitors.

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Of course, the Phantom Canyon NUC comes in a recognizable chassis with RGB backlit to lid skull logo with a replaceable mask, and has a 150W TDP, which is not a big surprise considering it comes with Geforce RTX 2060 GPU.

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The NUC 11 Performance Panther Canyon and NUC 11 Pro Tiger Canyon for the broader market

The NUC 11 Performance Panther Canyon mini PCs are meant as desktop replacements for standard and high-end usage, and these will be available in a couple of different chassis designs, depending on the actual kit, as well as a wide range of Intel's 11th gen CPUs, from Core i3-1115G4, up to Core i7-1165G7.

The Panther Canyon lineup will have support for single M.2 or M.2+2.5mm SATA for storage, also come with two SODIMM memory slots, and have a TDP of up to 40W.

The NUC 11 Pro Tiger Canyon mini PCs are sticking to the lower 28W TDP, so expect fewer choices on the CPU side, ranging up to Core i7-1185G7.

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Coming in Q1 2021, most likely in March

The entire Intel NUC 11 lineup will apparently be available in Q1 2021, according to Intel, but so far we can't find them shipping before March.

Thankfully, SimplyNUC has them listed, and all options, including plenty of Tiger Canyon mini PCs kits, and the Phantom Canyon NUC beast, are listed as shipping in March. The Phantom Canyon NUC starts at $1349, while the Tiger Canyon NUCs start at $529.



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