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Intel intros NUC 12 Extreme for gamers, content creators, streamers

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by Peter Krass on 02/24/2022
Blog Category: devices

The Intel NUC 12 Extreme Mini PC and NUC 12 Extreme Compute are the newest members of Intel’s NUC family. Like the line’s other Mini PCs and modular kits, the 12 Extremes are small but also powerful.

And they’re designed for high-performance applications. That includes enthusiast gaming, content creation and media streaming.

Intel NUC 12 Extreme Mini PC

Intel NUC 12 Extreme Mini PC - front & back 

Both new NUCs are powered by the latest 12th gen Intel Core processors. They also can take full-size 12-inch graphics cards, including PCIe x16 gen 5. And they offer a range of ports, including Thunderbolt 4.

Yet these NUCs are  small. The Mini PC measures approximately 7 inches high, 5 inches wide, and 14 inches deep.

Options galore

The modular Compute Element gives you the ability to customize graphics, memory, storage and OS — your choice of Windows 10, Windows Server or various Linux distros.

Both the Mini PC and Compute Element offer a choice of either a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 (up to 4.9GHz) or i9 processor (up to 5.1GHz). System memory maxes out at 64GB of dual-channel DDR4. And storage options include Intel Optane SSD and Intel Optane memory M10, H10 and H20.

Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element

Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element

Wi-Fi 6 connectivity is built in, as are 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports — one on the rear, the other on the front. There are also ports for HDMI 2.0 and Mini DisplayPort 1.4.

Shipments of the Intel NUC 12 Extreme Mini PC and Compute Element are set to begin sometime in the second quarter. Starting retail prices will range from $1,150 for a device powered by a Core i7 processor to $1,450 for one powered by a Core i9. The new devices are also backed by Intel’s 3-year warranty.

> Get more specs from the Intel NUC 12 Extreme product brief.


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