The Intel NUC 11 with Tiger Lake, Intel’s new generation of mini-computers, are about to hit the market and will be of interest as they will debut the chip giant’s most exciting processing platform in a few years.
You already know that this platform uses the 10 nm ++ manufacturing process known as “SuperFin” and represents a significant generational leap due to the integration of components, increased CPU performance and especially the graphics with the Intel Xe (Gen12).
Intel NUC 11 with Tiger Lake
The new mini-PCs will be available this same as reported from Fanlesstech, a medium with a good history of leaks although there is no confirmation from Intel. The first to ship will be the entry-level Panther Canyon, while the Phantom Canyon will be released in early 2021, with a larger case, dedicated graphics and an emphasis on gaming performance.
Panther canyon it will be as compact as we know from NUCs. It will come in two sizes, 0.5 or 0.7 liters, depending on whether you have free space to include SATA storage drives or just one M.2 2280 slot for PCIe solid state storage. Intel will offer models with 28-watt Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7 processor options.
Phantom canyon It will be the second version to hit the market in the first quarter of 2021. It will be of an «enthusiastic» grade and will have a volume higher than the previous ones, 1.3 liters, to enable the inclusion of dedicated graphics of which the version is unknown but NVIDIA insurance, along with the 28-watt Core i7.
Will hold up to 64 Gbytes of DDR4-3200 RAM dual channel and optionally can equip Optane M10 cache memory. An outstanding novelty will arrive for storage, with the premiere of the interface PCI-Express 4.0 which so far is only available with the latest AMD Ryzen.
The section of the connectivity It will also be well covered, starting with an Intel Ethernet LAN port up to 2500 Mbps. There will be Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and HDMI 2.0b and Mini DisplayPort 1.4 output ports. They will also offer Thunderbolt 4 ports.
They will not be the only new NUCs for 2021. The «Ghost canyon«, Based on Core i9 processors with up to 8 cores and 16 native processing threads under Hyper-threading and with a free PCIe x16 slot for consumers who want to mount dedicated graphics and two M.2 slots for NVMe SSDs in RAID.
Finally the «Quartz Canyon«, The first time that Intel created a workstation under the NUC series. They will be intended for content creation, CAD, production or financial services. They will be able to equip 8-core Intel Xeon E or Core i7 vPro processors and will support high-end desktop graphics cards. They will have support for Optane memories, ECC registered memories, dual Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6 AX200 and dual Ethernet connection.
A wide range of these Intel NUCs. They are not the cheapest minicomputers, but they are the true benchmark in their segment.