Intel reveals its NUC 12 Extreme "Dragon Canyon" system

NUC goes hybrid

Intel reveals its NUC 12 Extreme

Intel reveals its NUC 12 Extreme Edition - "Dragon Canyon" brings Alder Lake to NUCs

Intel has updated its NUC lineup with a new 12th Generation model, offering users new feature, new processor options and a lot more performance. While the system uses the same enclosure as their NUC 11 Extreme (Review Here), a lot has changed under the hood.

For starters, Intel has upgraded their NUC Compute Element card with an LGA 1700 CPU socket, adding support for Alder Lake series processors and a wide range of platform upgrades. While the card only supports DDR4 memory, the addition of Alder Lake supports enables PCIe 5.0 GPU support. Additionally, the NUC Compute Element 12 card supports Thunderbolt 4 support, WiFi 6E, 10Gb Ethernet. 

Intel only plans to sell NUC Compute Element cards with i7 and i9 series processors. The card can support up to three PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory across two SODIMMs. The CPU options for Intel's 12th Generation Compute Element card are their i7-12700 and their i9-12900, both of which are socketed desktop CPUs. 

Below is Intel's Press Release for their 12th Generation Dragon Canyon Extreme Edition NUC. 

Press Release - Intel NUC 12 Extreme Brings Performance Hybrid Architecture to the NUC Form Factor

Today, Intel announced the Intel NUC 12 Extreme (code-named Dragon Canyon) and the Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element (code-named Eden Bay), a highly modular desktop PC kit engineered to provide phenomenal performance for high-end gaming and content creation tasks. With the latest 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, capacity for full-size 12-inch discrete graphics cards and a full range of I/O ports including Thunderbolt 4, the Intel NUC 12 Extreme delivers massive performance and features that enthusiast gamers and professional creators need in a compact and modular form factor.

The Intel NUC 12 Extreme brings Intel's new performance hybrid architecture and a socketed motherboard to the NUC line for the first time. For those who want a powerful system with a small footprint and more versatility than ever before, the Intel NUC 12 Extreme Kit is an outstanding option. The most powerful Intel NUC yet encompasses new features, like performance hybrid architecture and access to faster PCIe interfaces, accelerating load times, all in a footprint that can fit on any desk.

Intel reveals its NUC 12 Extreme

Built with flexibility in mind, the modular Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element provides enthusiast gamers and creators the ability to create their own small form-factor designs, giving users the option to be creative and configure the system footprint to their liking.

The NUC 12 Extreme offers breakthrough speeds with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, featuring eight Performance-cores (P-cores) and eight Efficient-cores (E-cores), 24 threads and up to 5.1 GHz turbo boost max frequency.

Intel reveals its NUC 12 Extreme

Additional features include:

- Intel UHD Graphics 770 (32 EU)
- Support for up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4-3200 MHz SODIMMs
- Support for PCIe Gen 5 x16 graphics cards
- Backwards compatible with PCIe Gen 4 and Gen 3 devices
- Support for up to three PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSDs
- Two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211, a 10 Gbps Ethernet port standard; and additional 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port on Intel Core i9 processor SKUs
- The Intel NUC 12 Extreme will be available starting in the second quarter of 2022, with more rolling out through the year. Pricing will range from $1,150 to $1,450 for Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i9, respectively.

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