Intel NUC 11 Extreme: Small gaming PC with “Tiger Lake” processor already on the market
US mini PC distributor SimplyNUC added Intel’s gaming NUC 11 Extreme to its lineup even before Intel introduced the model. As part of the Computex 2021 hardware fair, the system codenamed Beast Canyon was only briefly announced.
As expected, the NUC 11 Extreme offers 65-watt versions of Intel’s 10-nanometer Tiger Lake series – either the overclockable eight-core Core i9-11900KB or the lower-frame-rate Core i7-11700B. Alternatively, interested parties can choose the 45-watt six-core Core i5-11400H, which Intel otherwise uses for laptops.
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All processors are firmly soldered to a so-called computing element, so they cannot be replaced individually. In return, you get more advanced processors than Intel offers for desktops. Rocket Lake-S, led by the Core i9-11900K, still relies on 14nm technology. Meanwhile, the Compute Element is almost a complete PC: in addition to the processor, it can also accommodate up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM (two SO-DIMM slots) and three M.2 SSDs, one of which with PCI Express 4.0. Connection via the CPU.
In addition, the system provides two Thunderbolt 4 USB Type C and six USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbit / s) Type A. The two Gigabit Ethernet ports of the predecessor NUC 9 Extreme give way to a single NBase-T connection with 2, 5 Gbit / s in the NUC 11 Extreme. The image is output via HDMI 2.0 or Thunderbolt 4, provided the Xe graphics unit integrated in the processor is used.
The compute element is a PCI Express x16 card on a base card that can optionally accommodate an additional graphics card. With a volume of 8.1 liters instead of 5.2 liters, the housing is significantly larger than before. Longer graphics cards should now accommodate this. Also, there are three case fans instead of two in the cover, like photos of someone else from Computer base discovered the trade fair for custom PC vendors. Mnpctech is still calling. According to the schematic drawings, Intel also made the processor heat sink larger. The NUC 9 Extreme became uncomfortably loud under heavy load.
SimpyNUC sells the NUC 11 Extreme in basic configurations with Core i5-11400H, Core i7-11700B or Core i9-11900KB with 8 GB DDR4-RAM and 256 GB PCIe 3.0 SSD (without operating system) for 1100 euros at 1360 euros excluding VAT. A GeForce RTX 3060 Ti can be installed ex-factory, but costs 670 euros excluding tax. Shipments from the United States will begin in September 2021.
By then, Intel is expected to officially present Beast Canyon, and German retailers are expected to offer the gaming PC as well.