Intel Next-Gen Performance NUC 11 Mini-PCs To Feature 11th Gen 10nm+ Core Tiger Lake-U Series CPUs

The next-generation of Intel CPUs, meant specifically for the miniature PC segment, will be 11th Gen Core Tiger Lake-U Series. The Next Unit of Computing or NUC PCs, the NUC 11 Extreme and the NUC 11 Performance Series, should come with Intel’s latest 10nm+ process-based Tiger Lake-U processors with advanced Xe graphics architecture. These are named Intel Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme and the Intel Panther Canyon NUC 11 Performance.

Intel has been actively involved in the miniature or Small form-factor PCs for quite some time. In fact, Intel CPUs are currently the only option for buyers looking for a powerful and miniature desktop PC. The upcoming NUC 11 Series of mini-PCs, would have the Intel’s 11th Generation Tiger Lake CPUs. The Phantom Canyon Architecture is expected to feature the recently introduced 10nm+ process-based Tiger Lake-U processors.

Intel Introducing 10nm+ 11th Gen Core Tiger Lake-U Series CPUs Within Next-Gen NUC 11 Series Mini-PCs:

The upcoming the NUC 11 Extreme and the NUC 11 Performance Series premium mini-PCs will be replacing the currently prevalent NUC 8 and NUC 9 series. These performance-optimized, and quiet likely gaming-capable mini-PCs, could be available for purchase in the third or last quarter of the current year. Experts indicate Intel is ready with the final design and specifications, but the ongoing crisis in China may hit full-scale commercial production.

Intel has repeatedly indicated that 11th generation 10nm+ processors would ship during the latter half of 2020. It is now apparent that the new CPUs, commercially produced on the recently perfected 10nm Fabrication Node, will be embedded inside the NUC 11 Extreme and the NUC 11 Performance Series premium mini-PCs.

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The Intel Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme and the Intel Panther Canyon NUC 11 Performance are quite similar in terms of specifications and features. Both the mini-PCs would be powered by Intel’s Tiger Lake-U 28W processors. Both will have SKUs ranging from Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 variants.

The NUCs could be configured with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 SODIMMs. There are dual M.2 slots (1x 22×80/110 & 1x 22×80) and a PCIe x4 Gen 3 NVMe port. The I/O Ports will include HDMI 2.0b, Mini DisplayPort, front and rear sided Thunderbolt 3 ports, Intel 2.5 Gbps LAN, Intel Wireless-AX 201, IEEE 802.11ax, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

There will, however, be a few major differences between the Intel Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme and the Intel Panther Canyon NUC 11 Performance Editions. Unlike the integrated Xe based graphics option in both the mini-PCs, the Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme would have a discrete graphics option as well. The exact specifications of the discrete graphics card inside the upcoming NUCs aren’t clear, but experts claim a third-party graphics chip featuring 6 GB or even 8 GB of memory could be offered.

The NUC 11 Extreme would also bear the signature and iconic ‘SKULL’ logo which lights up with LEDs. Moreover, it is quite likely that the Intel Panther Canyon NUC 11 Performance might get the PCIe Gen 4.0 support and Gen 4.0 NVMe. The Phantom Canyon will continue supporting the Gen 3.0 protocol.


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