Intel has announced the mini PC generation NUC 11 parallel to the consumer electronics fair CES 2021 without causing a stir. For the first time, the models rely on 10 nanometer processors in-house after the NUC-10 PCs appeared exclusively with the 14 nm Comet Lake-U (Core i-10000U) CPUs.
Dozens of different NUC-11 PCs are divided into three sub-categories:
Core i7-1165G7 in Top Models
Panther Canyon is the cheapest series in the typical palm-sized case. Two and four cores are used in the form of the Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7. Also included are two SO-DIMMs for up to 64 GByte DDR4-3200-SDRAM, two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports – Intel does without Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4 -, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit / s ) Type A, Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 instead of DP 1.2 as before.
Intel continues to offer options with 38 and 51 mm high cases – the latter also fits a 2.5-inch data carrier in addition to an M.2 SSD. The third variant with a 56 mm high housing, which comes with a wireless charger under the lid, is new. For example, users can charge a smartphone by hanging up on it.
The Pro-NUCs Tiger Canyon can be configured with additional connections, and Thunderbolt 4 is included.
Gaming-NUC mit Nvidia-GPU
Phantom Canyon (NUC 11 Enthusiast) is a spiritual successor to Hades Canyon: Both mini-PCs come in a wider case with an illuminated skull and are suitable for full HD gaming. At that time, Intel installed the Kaby Lake-G processor with a semi-custom Radeon graphics chip from AMD. Today Nvidia’s mid-range GPU GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory is used – presumably in the form of a firmly soldered chip like in notebooks. The GPU is getting on in years, but is still well suited for Full HD gaming. Intel always installs the quad-core Core i7-1165G7 in the NUC 11 Enthusiast.