Intel Phantom Canyon, the return of the miniature PC that has it under the pedal

As expected, the all new NUC Phantom Canyon announced at CES 2021 uses the codes of its ancestor of Hades Canyon launched in 2018. Namely, an ultra-compact case of just one liter, in which Intel integrates a gaming graphics card in order to make it a (small) power monster.

Hades Cayon had marked the spirits since it was a partnership with AMD for the graphics part. In 2021, Intel turns to Nvidia and couples its 11th generation mobile processor to an RTX2060. For those disappointed with the absence of RTX3060, however, this can be explained quite easily: not only is Intel not an Asian integrator which renews its references every six months, but in addition the NUCs potentially having a professional target, stability premium on freshness. Unlike consumer PCs which are guaranteed for two years in Europe, this mini PC is guaranteed for 3 years.

The new NUC11PHKi7c – yes, Intel knows how to find names that sound good… – however, it has potato since it incorporates a Core i7-1165G7 plugged in 28W. Coupled with the RTX 2060, it should support all software without flinching too much – we’ll skip our turn on 12K video anyway! This is all the more so since Nvidia’s card is coupled to the Xe graphics chip integrated into the processor. A chip that is certainly less powerful in terms of 3D, but which provides its hardware video encoding functions.

Compact but super equipped

But in addition to the size / performance ratio, it is also the equipment that makes this NUC interesting: the network socket is 2.5 Gbit, there are two Thunderbolt 4 sockets (one on the back, one on the front), six sockets USB 3.2 type A, Wi-Fi 6, or even Mini Display Port 1.4. The HDMI socket is only 2.0b and not 2.1, but this is of little importance given the computer use. And some might regret the loss of an RJ45 socket – the Hades Canyon had two, but only 1 Gbit.

Creatives and other photographers will appreciate the switch from the front SD card reader controller (a luxury!) To UHS-II standard, just like the Ghost Canyon did. Being able to mount up to 64 GB of DDR4 therefore makes it a machine of choice for those looking for a PC that is both powerful and extremely compact – it measures only 22.1 x 14.2 x 4.2 cm !

The power supply is still a large external block, like a gaming laptop, a format necessary for a computer that can draw up to 100W.

Gamme Panther Canyon

More modest but still equipped with Core 11 chipse generation, it is also necessary to note the arrival of the new NUC in the cubic format “normal”, whose code name is Panther Canyon. Less power (no third-party graphics card) and less rich connections, but still a 3-year warranty, stability claimed 24/7. And what makes the success of the mobile chips of 11e generation: a good graphics chip (for top-of-the-range models only, entry-level still blocked with the UHD chip), up to 64 GB of RAM, Thunderbolt, etc.

Intel has not yet communicated the availability or official prices of any of the bare box NUCs. But the site already lists a $ 1349 Phantom Canyon (HT) equipped with 8GB of RAM and 128 SSD.

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