Intel Announces New Generation NUC 11 Enthusiast Mini PC and Barebone Configuration

Intel’s next-generation minicomputer is equipped with both the company’s own integrated Xe graphics driver and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card.

Intel’s processor announcements at the CES 2021 virtual fair ignored many smaller publications. One of these was the company’s next-generation Phantom Canyon NUC computer.

The official name of Phantom Canyon is the NUC 11 Enthusiast Mini PC, which follows more traditional lines as a ready-made configuration instead of the NUC 9 Extreme modular structure. The minicomputer is, as expected, equipped with the company’s latest generation of iron.

At the heart of the NUC 11 Enthusiast is a pulsating 4-core Core i7-1165G7 Xe graphics controller based on Intel’s Tiger Lake architecture. The company has chosen NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 as a separate video card. The computer will be available as well as the so-called. As a Barebone kit, fully equipped with 16GB of memory (2x8GB DDR4-3200), Optane Mem H10 Hybrid SSD (32GB Optane + 512GB SSD) and Windows 10 Home license. The GeForce RTX 2060 is also part of the Barebone version.

Intel has also made slightly more special solutions in its new minicomputer. Although the video card chosen by the company only supports the PCI Express 3.0 standard, it is connected to the processor’s PCIe 4.0 lines, making only PCIe 3.0 lines available for M.2 drives. The computer has two M.2 ports, the first of which supports only NVMe drives and the second of both NVMe and SATA drives.

On the interface side, there are two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, which are also the only USB Type-C connectors in the configuration. In addition to Thunderbolt, the computer has two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A connectors on the front panel and four on the back panel and an SDXC UHS-II card reader. One of the front panel USB connectors supports fast charging. Network connections are provided by Intel’s 2.5 Gbps i225-LM network controller and Wi-Fi 6 AX201, which supports both Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. There are two or four display connections, depending on the calculation method. One mini-DP 1.4 connector and an HDMI 2.0b connector are connected to the separate video card, but the Thunderbolt 4 connectors connected to the integrated Xe graphics driver also support the DisplayPort 1.4a standard.

The strategic dimensions of the Intel NUC 11 Enthusiast Mini PC are 221 x 142 x 42 mm and 1.3 liters. The housing cover is equipped with RGB lighting and is replaceable. Pricing information is not yet official, but AnandTech says SimplyNUC will sell a partially customized configuration with a 128GB NVMe SSD and 16GB of memory for a pre-order price of $ 1,349 and another anonymous store for the $ 1,130 Barebone version. Deliveries of SimplyNUC’s pre-orders will begin in March.

Sources: Intel, AnandTech

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