TechPowerUp Intel Launches Phantom Canyon NUCs: Tiger Lake and NVIDIA GPU Join Forces

Intel has today quietly launched its newest generation of Next Unit of Computing (NUC) devices with some nice upgrades over the prior generation. Codenamed the "Phantom Canyon", the latest NUC generation brings a major improvement for the "enthusiast" crowd, meant mostly at gamers who would like to use a small form-factor machine and have decent framerates. This is where the Enthusiast NUC 11 comes in. With its 28 Watt Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake CPU, which features four cores and eight threads clocked at the maximum of 4.70 GHz, this Enthusiast NUC 11 mini-PC is rocking the latest technologies inside it.

To pair with the CPU, Intel has decided to put a discrete GPU, besides the Integrated Xe model, to power the frames needed. The dGPU in question is NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 model with 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, based on the last generation "Turing" architecture. For I/O, Intel has equipped these machines with quite a lot of ports. There is Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 plus Bluetooth 5 module, a quad-mic array with beam-forming, far-field capabilities, and support for Alexa. There is a 2.5 Gb Ethernet port, along with two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports for internet connectivity and other purposes (TB ports support fast charging). When it comes to display output, the Enthusiast NUC 11 has HDMI 2.0b and a mini DisplayPort 1.4 port. You can run four monitors in total when using the Thunderbolt ports. On the front side, there is also an SD card reader, and the PC has six USB 3.1 Gen2 ports in total. You can find out more about the Enthusiast NUC 11 mini-PCs here.


 

Skripka

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And so Intel confirmed to everyone who cynically doubted them last year...that they had no intention of actually supporting/updating their then brand new Ghost/Quartz Canyon NUC9s. Way to live down to expectations, Intel. Oh and nice using Turing dGPU in 2021 on a brand new NUC line. "this Enthusiast NUC 11 mini-PC is rocking the latest technologies inside it.", they said unironically about including 2.5gb ethernet?

Dear Intel, WTF is wrong with you???
 
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ermac318

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And so Intel confirmed to everyone who cynically doubted them last year...that they had no intention of actually supporting/updating their then brand new Ghost/Quartz Canyon NUC9s. Way to live down to expectations, Intel. Oh and nice using Turing dGPU in 2021 on a brand new NUC line. "this Enthusiast NUC 11 mini-PC is rocking the latest technologies inside it.", they said unironically about including 2.5gb ethernet?

Dear Intel, WTF is wrong with you???
Not disagreeing with you on some of the comments but they did announce new NUC 11 Compute Elements this week: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/elements/nuc-compute-elements.html
However, they aren't the "Extreme" ones that fit in the Ghost Canyon, they haven't abandoned the Compute Elements yet.