The Intel NUC Mini PC is getting extreme. The company recently introduced the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit and Intel NUC 11 Extreme Compute Element.
Both are powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors. And both are designed for high-performance applications, including gaming, streaming and recording.
What’s the difference between them? Well, Intel NUC kits can be customized with discrete graphics, OS, memory and storage. These kits are designed for business users, students, educators, gamers and do-it-yourselfers. And they’re backed by Intel’s 3-year warranty.
Intel NUC Elements, by contrast, let tech providers deliver custom solutions with minimal R&D time. The components are flexible and modular, yet still offer Intel’s traditionally high levels of performance and reliability.
Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit
The Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit (codenamed Beast Canyon) is a modular desktop PC with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors (your choice of i7 or i9), support for discrete graphics cards of up to 12 inches, and a full range of I/O ports.
This is Intel’s highest-performing NUC yet. Although the case is a relatively small 8 liters (approx. 7.4 x 4.3 x 14 inches), the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit is loaded with features typically found in larger gaming rigs.
These include 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports; Wi-Fi 6; a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port; 3 fans; customizable RGB “underglow” lighting; and 4 M.2 slots for additional memory and storage. And this little box can drive up to three 4K monitors.
Not included are the OS, memory and storage. For the OS, you have a choice of either Windows 10 or the various Linux distributions. For memory, you can load up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4. And storage options include Intel Optane SSD and Intel Optane Memory.
Shipments will begin in this year’s third quarter. Retail prices start at $1,150 for kits with the i7 processor, $1,350 for the i9.
Intel NUC 11 Extreme Compute Element
The new Intel NUC 11 Compute Element (codenamed Driver Bay) is part of Intel’s family of modular, ready-to-integrate computing components. This Element is designed to help you quickly add extreme gaming rigs to your product offerings, while lowering inventory costs and reducing waste. Plus, it’s backed by Intel’s 3-year warranty.
Some cool features let you flexibly build the right systems for your customers. For the processor, you have a choice of 11th Gen Intel Core i9 or i7 H-Series CPUs. These have up to 8 cores and 16 threads, are able to power systems that multitask, and provide exceptional performance for gaming.
Support for PCIe 4.0 x16 lets you include the latest NUC 11 Extreme Element – Channel and Ecosystem Copy 2 discrete graphics cards for extreme gaming.
Connectivity is high-end, too. Two Thunderbolt 4 ports increase high-speed peripheral choices. And Intel Wi-Fi 6E on an M.2 2230 key E slot delivers fast wireless connectivity as an option. It can be easily removed for wired-only or no network connectivity.
For even more ways to connect, the Element also includes Bluetooth v5.0 and dual internal antennas.
The Intel NUC 11 Compute Element will ship in this year’s third quarter. Retail prices will start at about $690.