In September 2022, Intel announced the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit (code-named Serpent Canyon). Designed for gamers and content creators, the compact mini-PC is built to include Intel Arc graphics in the smallest form factor. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

 

What’s New: Intel announced the Intel® NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit (code-named Serpent Canyon) . Designed for gamers and content creators, the compact mini-PC is built to include Intel® Arc™ graphics in the smallest form factor. The NUC 12 Enthusiast features the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and is the first Intel NUC to include Intel® Arc™ A-series graphics in the form of the Intel® Arc™ A770M graphics processing unit (GPU).

 

“The Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Kit is one of the most exciting NUCs to launch because it’s the first to pair an Intel processor with discrete Intel graphics. The system provides a strong combination of high performance in content creation and gaming usages, and wide array of I/O – typically found in larger systems – all in a small form-factor design. More importantly, this NUC features helpful technologies like Intel® Thread Director and Intel® Deep Link that make it perfect for anyone trying to create and game in the convenience of a truly compact design.”

– Brian McCarson, Intel vice president and general manager of the NUC Group

 

Why It Matters: Featuring an Intel Arc A770M GPU with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM, Intel Arc graphics elevates gaming performance with a new microarchitecture optimized for gaming and the latest visual technologies, including AI-enhanced upscaling, real-time ray tracing and full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate.

By combining Intel Arc graphics with up to a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H mobile processor with Intel’s performance hybrid architecture, the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Kit delivers all the performance and innovative capabilities users need in an ultra-compact, 2.5L form factor.

The NUC 12 Enthusiast also brings Intel Deep Link to the desktop for the first time, enabling both the CPU and GPU to seamlessly work together to boost performance across a variety of workloads.

Additional features include:

  • Support for up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4 memory
  • Three M.2 PCIe slots, including two Gen4 NVMe slots
  • Two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports and six USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (Type-A)
  • Fast connection with Intel i225-LM 2.5Gbps Ethernet, Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i and Bluetooth®5.2
  • HDMI 2.1 TMDS-compatible port (up to 4K60)
  • Two DisplayPort 2.0 (1.4-certified) ports

About Availability: The new Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit are expected to be available starting in late September, with prices ranging from $1,180 to $1,350, depending on the configuration. These kits will allow users to customize memory, storage and operating system to suit their needs. Fully equipped desktop systems will also be available through retailers and system integrators at a later date.

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