Intel has just introduced 4 NUC products — 3 Mini PCs and 1 Compute Element — based on the company’s 11th gen Intel Core processors.
If you’re not yet familiar with Intel NUC Mini PCs, they are line of small form factor desktop systems Intel offers in three formats: board, kit, and complete PC. Several Intel NUC models measure less than 4 x 4 inches, making them attractive options wherever physical space is at a premium.
Yet the Intel NUC line of products are also full-powered PCs designed for use by both consumers and businesses. And they’re all protected by Intel’s 3-year warranty.
As for the 11th gen Intel Core processors, they were introduced this past September, and they’re designed to push the limits of thin and small PCs. Codenamed Tiger Lake, the processors are built on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin technology.
The 11th gen Intel Core processors cleverly combine 3 compute engines on a single system-on-chip (SoC): the CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics processor with 4 display pipes, and Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator for AI-based low power noise reduction. For connectivity, the processors feature integrated PCIe Gen 4, Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6.
Meet the new NUCs
Without further ado, here are the 4 new members of the Intel NUC 11 family:
> Intel NUC 11 Enthusiast: Codenamed Phantom Canyon, this mini PC is designed for gaming and content creation. It’s available in both kit and full-system version.
Either way, under Phantom Canyon’s hood you’ll find an 11th gen Intel Core i7 processor and additional graphics support from the NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-P laptop GPU. System memory tops out at 64GB, and there are Thunderbolt ports on both front and back.
A quad-mic array includes support for Amazon’s Alexa virtual agent. And knowing the preferences of gamers, Intel has included an RGB top panel can be customized.
> Intel NUC 11 Performance: This Mini PC, codenamed Panther Canyon, is designed for consumers to use at home. They can use this Mini PC to learn, work and play. And the box is small enough to make it easy to move around.
Available in both kit and Mini PC formats, this NUC offers a choice of 3 processors: 11th gen Intel Core i3, i5 or i7. The i5 and i7 both include Intel Iris Xe graphics, while the i3 gets you Intel UHD graphics. The system can take up to 64GB of memory, and it offers Thunderbolt ports on both the front and rear.
One cool option is a wireless charging lid. Place a Qi-compatible device on or near the lid, and its battery will be recharged wirelessly. (To learn how, see our recent Tech Explainer blog post, How wireless induction charging works.)
> Intel NUC 11 Pro: This Mini PC is designed for business. It’s meant for edge computing, office use and collaboration. Codenamed Tiger Canyon, the device also supports hi-def displays: either one 8K monitor or up to four 4K units. The Mini PC is available as a kit, board or full system.
Buyers have their choice of processor, whether that’s the 11th gen Intel Core i3, i5 or i7. Select models also support Intel vPro technology for remote management, hardware-based security and platform stability.
One special feature for business users is the system’s optional Dual LAN. As the photo below shows, this gives you 2 ports of Intel i255-LM 2.5 Gbps Ethernet.
The Tiger Canyon device supports up to 64GB of memory, and it provides graphics processing via Intel Iris Xe graphics with the i5 and i7 processors, and Intel UHD graphics on the i3.
> Intel NUC 11 Compute Element: Codenamed Elk Bay, this component is designed for sale to system builders. It’s essentially a modular building block that helps you create custom solutions quickly.
It’s tiny, measuring just 65 x 95 mm (approx. 2.6 x 3.7 in.), yet it offers the power of a PC with built-in and accessible I/O for easy customization and integration. This compute element is compatible with the Intel NUC Board Element and Chassis Elements, too.
Processor options for Elk Bay include the 11th gen Intel Core i3, i5, and i7; Celeron models; and vPro i5 and i7. You also get up to 16GB of memory, support for Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and Intel graphics — Intel Iris Xe for i5 and i7, and Intel UHD for the i3 and Celeron.
FEB. 10 UPDATE: Intel has communicated that given the industry-wide supply tightness on a range of third-party components, the NUC 11 Performance products will be distributed into the Asia Pacific region only. This limitation will allow Intel to best match demand and supply on this product line. The other 3 products in the NUC 11 family will be offered worldwide.
> And watch this NUC 11 video: