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Intel Reveals NUC 11 mini-PCs and its Specifications at CES 2021

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  • Key Highlight: Intel finally launches its NUC 11 Phantom Canyon and Panther Canyon mini-PCs at CES 2021.

Intel finally unveils its NUC 11 mini-PCs along with its official specifications. CES 2021 is underway, and so far, we have come across some of the coolest innovations from tech giants that will eventually change modern lives in due course of time. One of the critical areas that followers looked forward to is the advancement in processors, and it was predicted that Intel has something up its sleeve. 

The prediction did come true as Intel revealed its much-awaiting 11th-gen NUC mini-PCs and its kits. It has been a pretty busy week as we headed into CES 2021, and with Intel’s new announcement, the event has undoubtedly taken a fascinating turn.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is not the first time Intel has worked on its NUC series. In their previous development, the series featured the Ghost Canyon NUC 9 Extreme; however, the newest series will have the Phantom Canyon. 

Intel NUC 11 Officially Revealed Along with Specifications

Intel NUC 11 mini-PCs with Tiger Lake CPU
(via Intel)

So far, there are several versions, and according to Intel, they are attempting to target specif users for the use of the NUC series. According to Intel’s announcement, the flagship model’s discrete GPU boasts the powerful Nvidia Turing architecture.

According to Intel, the NUC 11 Enthusiast mini-PC will mostly attract hardcore gamers as it’s primarily developed for “high-end gaming.” 

The specifications are as follows:

  • CPU: 4C/8T Core i7-1165G7 CPU 
  • GPU: 6GB RTX 2060 GPU, alongside
  • RAM: 16GB 
  • Storage: 32GB + 512GB of Optane H10 SSD

Other variants that come without the support of discrete GPU include NUC 11 Performance featuring Phantom Canyon. There are three CPU variants for this particular model, which is as follows: Intel NUC 11 Performance Mini PC – NUC11PAQi70QA (i7), the NUC 11 Performance Mini PC – NUC11PAQi30WA (i3-1115G4), and the NUC 11 Performance Mini PC – NUC11PAQi50WA (Core i5-1135G7).

For operations closely related to professional business, Intel has designed the NUC 11 Pro (Tiger Canyon). It supports Intel vPro technologies and Dual LAN. 

The other one on the list is the NUC 11 Compute Element (Elk Bay) that uses Celeron/intel chips for uses working on systems. 

According to Intel’s official website, “the Intel NUC 8 Compute Element is forward compatible.” So this will ensure that the new NUC Compute Element releases don’t require you to scrape your current setup. 

NUC 11th Gen Price:

Intel is yet to lift the curtain on the official prices; however, SimplyNUC (Phantom Canyon) with an 8GB/128GB configuration is currently available for pre-order at $1,349, whereas the mighty extreme edition will cost you around $5,700 or more. It’s powered by 64 GB RAM and has an NVMe storage of 16TB with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed.

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