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Intel Panther Canyon NUC coming in February, courtesy of Simply NUC

by on18 January 2021

Updated: Wide range of SKUs, new form factor with Qi charging lid

While Intel rather quietly introduced its new NUC 11 mini PCs earlier at CES 2021, and we had a chance to see some of the first details, we now have more details on the Panther Canyon Performance NUC 11 lineup, which will be available from Simply NUC in February.

In case you missed it when we wrote about it earlier, Intel's new NUC 11 mini PC lineup will be available in four different versions, covering different market segments, ranging from integrators, embedded, desktop, to gaming high-end markets. These include 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 an NUC 11 board.

As far as we can tell, there are three, or rather four, different chassis designs for Intel NUC 11 mini PCs, and all of them will be based on Tiger Lake-U CPUs.

The flagship is the Phantom Canyon NUC, a gaming/enthusiast and creative high-end mini PC equipped 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 is paired up with Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, and you can also equip it with up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory in two SODIMM slots, as well as plenty of storage options.

As we wrote earlier, both the Phantom Canyon NUC 11 and the NUC 11 Pro Tiger Canyon, which aims for the broader market, will be available in March, and SimplyNUC, which is based both in the United Kingdom and the United States of America and has a shop on each side of the pond, already have them up for pre-order.

The Phantom Canyon NUC sells for $1349, while the Tiger Canyon NUC SKUs start at $529.

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The NUC 11 Performance Panther Canyon as desktop replacement mini PC

While the Phantom Canyon NUC 11, the NUC 11 Pro Tiger Canyon, and BNUC 11 boards are listed at SimplyNUC for pre-order with shipping set for March, the missing link was the NUC 11 Performance Panther Canyon mini PC, which is described by Intel as the mini PC to "power your home productivity", or simply be a home/office desktop replacement.

The NUC 11 Panther Canyon will be available in a wide range of SKUs and come with two different chassis, with a single or M.2+2.5mm SATA for storage options. There is also a new Qi charging lid.

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As far as we could gather, the NUC 11 Panther Canyon will also support up to 64GB of RAM in two SO-DIMM slots, and be available with TDP of up to 40W, while the Tiger Canyon NUCs are limited to 28W TDP, leaving it with fewer CPU choices.

We had a chance to dig around and it appears that the NUC 11 Performance Panther Canyon mini PC SKUs are first to ship in February, and we expect them to be listed pretty soon, starting at $544 for the Core i3 version with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, which is not half bad for a mini PC that can attach to a monitor with VESA mount and come with 11th gen Core CPU.

Hopefully, we will have more details soon and we'll update the article accordingly. 


Simply NUC has updated its page with the Intel NUC 11 Performance Panther Canyon lineup. These start at $544 for the fully configured Core i3-11115G4 one with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, and up to $854 for the Core i7 1165G7 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, and including the Q Wireless charging lid.

Of course, all SKUs are configurable, so you can equip them with up to 64GB of RAM, various storage options with up to 8TB SSD in M.2 slot and up 8TB in the secondary 2.5-inch slot, and more. 

You can check out the full lineup over at the Simply NUC site


Last modified on 20 January 2021
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