Intel has just introduced a mini PC and customizable kit designed especially for PC enthusiasts.
Called the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast, this device family is aimed at consumers who are into gaming, streaming and content creation.
As you might guess, the “12” indicates that these devices are all built around the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors. And these latest devices, previously code-named Serpent Canyon, join other models of the Intel NUC 12 line.
Those include the Intel NUC 12 Extreme and Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element, both introduced in April. And the Intel NUC 12 Pro, introduced just last month, which features Intel vPro technology and is designed for use by small and medium businesses (SMBs).
Shipments of both the mini PC and kit are expected to begin later this month. Retail prices will range from $1,180 to $1,350, depending on the configuration. Later, fully equipped desktop systems will also be offered by resellers and system integrators.
Under the hood
The new Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast is optimized for gaming with the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. The i7 offers performance up to 4.7 GHz with Turbo Max. Options include Intel Arc discrete graphics with a choice of 2.5, 8, 12 or 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. The processor is also eligible for Intel Iris Xe graphics.
Connectivity comes via Intel Wi-Fi 6E, six USB 3.2 ports, an Ethernet port, Thunderbolt 4 connections, SDXC slot, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4. There are also plugs for both audio speakers and a headset.
Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast: ports galore
Storage options include two M.2 slots for PCIe Gen 4 NVMe, plus one slot for PCIe Gen 3 NVMe or SATA SSDs.
The mini PC version comes in a small form factor: 9.1 x 7.1 x 2.4 inches. To save even more room, a special stand holds the device vertically.
There’s also a customizable logo mask. Each Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast mini PC and kit comes with blank masks. You can customize it by placing your own logo under the RGB-backlit top lid.
You can also control and optimize Intel NUC systems with the Intel NUC Software Studio. This lets you monitor and tune systems while working from an Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast. You can use the software to tune your customers’ system, LED, CPU usage and performance modes.
Training & marketing help
Intel is also offering training to help you get up to speed on the Intel NUC as well as marketing materials to help you sell them.