Credit to Serve The Home for this news but it appears the NUC line of Intel PCs is dead. Intel is moving away from direct PC production, but intends to fulfill remaining orders as well as support OEMs in the transition.
NUC, for those that don’t know, stood for Next Unit of Computing. The program resulted in some unique mini-PCs including an oddball Intel CPU with AMD Vega graphics on the same chip package. While hardcore SFF users tend to shy away from lower end barebones and prebuilt machines, NUC systems were very popular with businesses and more casual users. Clearly though, not popular enough.
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Skripka

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Unfortunate, but understandable.

Intel did some amazing mechanical design with the NUCs. But the fire breathing power hungry x86 ecosystem really doomed the project. The inefficiency has finally caught up to it. CPUs and gpus both simply are too hot now for a Mac Mini form factor to ever exist in PC space without sounding like a jet engine.

Hence why Intel NUCs kept getting more SFF like and less NUC like.
 

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Maybe it was coming either way but switching to the less efficient discrete Arc gpu away from Nvidia really killed the NUC midrange "Enthusiast" models. The Arc version, debuting with Serpent canyon, looked horrible chonky compared to the impressively slim "ghost canyon" NUC11PHKi7C with the RTX 2060.

Then on the low end models known as "Pro", these were announced months ago but were very slow to release and must have been absolutely slaughtered by minisforum and other chinese boards with radeon 680m. It took forever for the Wall Street Canyon barebones models to pop up, and then they finally launched were very expensive like $600 which just didn't compete.

Intel NUC had a monopoly on thunderbolt in the mini pc form factor for quite a while which gave it some utility, but that is also gone with AMD adding USB4 on all mobile soc, so one less reason to go Intel.

I still think there is a place for the NUC if they would focus on barebones low power models where they can offer a cost effective solution with superior reliability.
 

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I really am going to miss these as other brands are all over the place with the 5x5 format. Not that the Intel ones were perfect but they were atleast consistent.
I don't get them fully axing the NUC line, while they could have just as well scaled it down.
 

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having owned quite a few NUCs, I feel sad... I think INTEL was ahead of it's time when they showed the first concept back in 2011 and the lineup later down the road had some really innovative ideas which helped forming the "mini PC market" as we know it today... not to forget the support and good documentation of their products... even for their older models they still kept releasing BIOS/security updates which unfortunately is an exception when it comes to other manufacturers...
 

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I kind of want to get the NUC with the AMD Vega graphics built-in. It’s such an oddball PC.
It was a great form factor, they should have kept trying it and improving it with newer hardware. I briefly thought of getting one, but didn't have money for another PC at the time.

The problem...they kept trying single one-offs of hardware platform designs in the enthusiast category and nothing ever 'stuck' to gain traction with. Which, even products like say the iPhone that were instant successes actually weren't--Apple watched Microsoft flail about pointlessly and ineptly for 20 years failing miserably to sell WInCE phones before they hit the right combo of design and price and software/hardware integration.
 

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I still think there is a place for the NUC if they would focus on barebones low power models where they can offer a cost effective solution with superior reliability.
Definitely, I use two - a bastion box and an ESX host for virtual machines.
 

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We still use a Skull Canyon and Hades Canyon NUC as well as a number of the less exciting i3 and i5 models at the office daily.

They've been great, so I'm sad to see the range come to an end.

I was hoping to see something with a new 14th Gen CPU and 2nd Gen ARC GPU next year to replace our older models, but we'll probably go for one of the Minisforum models now.
 

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We still use a Skull Canyon and Hades Canyon NUC as well as a number of the less exciting i3 and i5 models at the office daily.

They've been great, so I'm sad to see the range come to an end.

I was hoping to see something with a new 14th Gen CPU and 2nd Gen ARC GPU next year to replace our older models, but we'll probably go for one of the Minisforum models now.
I really wanted a Hades Canyon refresh in that form factor. But the naming really explains the problem; every generation of enthusiast-NUC was a totally different form factor design. Intel never settled on one, hence enthusiast-NUC never really had a brand identity. A Mac Mini you know exactly what it is, whether you like the thing and the ecosystem or not. Other PC makers selling mini-PCs really had the same problem althought the standard NUC was pretty much fixed in its case-packaging; I have a Ryzen-powered Lenovo 720-series minipc still in service (in spite of being abandonware WRT WIndows) in the family.

Intel finally standardized into the "NUC Compute Element" brain board for the enthusiast NUC...and basically every single reviewer and consumer interested in it....thought it was neat and said "When are they going to abandon this one, too?". And, predictably, Compute Element had like 2x generations of hardware and was then killed.
 
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Oh yeah, the Hades Canyon! This was my favorite NUC... unfortunately it suffered from behind the scenes quarrels between AMD & INTEL so customers had to wait ages to get (official) driver updates for the Vega... but still, a fun little machine :)

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As far as I can remember, we got the one graphics driver for it before they kinda lost interest. It was a fun little rig, but just a tad too limited for my idea of a low power gaming PC; which is why I ended up selling it. My 4 litre low power rig (9700T / A2000) can handle most games at 1440p UW with sensible quality settings - with a little help from DLSS in the AAA titles.
 
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As far as I can remember, we got the one graphics driver for it before they kinda lost interest

they still released one early 2021 but I think most people just moved on by then or used modded drivers...

 
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