‘Intel’s Mini PC’ Serpent Cannon NUC uses Arc graphics card

While Intel is about to release its first desktop graphics card ‘Arc’ soon, a new movement has been detected regarding the external Arc notebook GPU. It’s Intel’s NUC mini PC. An optional Arc A770M graphics card has been added to the new Serpent Canyon Gaming NUC, which uses the latest 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs. Significant performance improvement is expected compared to the existing Intel Iris GPU-based NUC.
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If you look at the specifications of the new NUC12SNKi7, the processor is a Core i7-12700H high-performance laptop CPU with a total of 14 cores and a maximum clock of 4.7 GHz (The NUC series uses a laptop CPU and motherboard to reduce the size of a regular desktop) . Initially only available as a discrete GPU on high-performance models, the base model now has the Arc A770M GPU built-in. Existing NUCs had to either use integrated graphics like AMD did, or plug in a full-size graphics card into a typical desktop-style PCIe expansion slot.

The Arc A770M is configured with 32 Xe HPG cores running at 1650MHz, and uses generous 16GB of GDDR6 memory. Early performance tests showed that this product fell into the category of mobile GPUs such as the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Max-Q and the Radeon RX 6600M. Intel is a relatively latecomer in graphics drivers, so the actual game performance is likely to be slightly lower than the specifications. The NUC is an all-in-one with upgradeable RAM and M.2 storage, but lacks CPU and GPU upgrade options. That’s why it can’t compete directly with full-size desktops in a similar price range.

Besides, NUCs are expensive. The $1,700 model, including CPU and GPU, features 4G DDR4 memory and 256GB of M.2 SSD storage (64GB, expandable to 4TB). There are two additional M.2 slots to expand storage, but it is recommended to purchase parts directly rather than Intel’s partner Simple NUC. The base model doesn’t include an operating system, so a free operating system like Ubuntu is worth considering. You can also enjoy games like Call of Duty 2022, Ghostbusters and Gotham Knight on Ubuntu.

On the other hand, if you look at other specifications, you can see 2 Display Ports, 1 HDMI 2.1 port, 6 USB 3.2 Zen 2 ports (2 front, 4 rear), 2.5 Gb Ethernet, built-in Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and Amazon Alexa support. It includes a built-in microphone, four USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, and an SDXC card slot. LEDs, which are popular among gamers, can be customized by users. The power supply is very compliant at 330 watts. All of these specifications are packed into a 2.5-liter size. The NUC12SNKi7 is currently on pre-order and an exact release date has not been determined.
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