The internet is filled with multiple code names for NUC and it is easy for us to get confused. However, Wall Street Canyon is the only proper NUC that you should be considering right now.
When we hear about Intel’s NUC brand, it shouldn’t only ring a bell about Mini-PCs. Intel has previously launched NUC laptops as well as desktops, however, the original NUC is all about small form factor PCs. We are talking about smaller than the Mini-ITX even. The NUC MiniPC comes with a 4 x 4 inches PCB design, but the chassis comes in different formats starting from slim to tall kits. The tall kits will even provide support for an additional 2.5 inches drive.
Intel’s NUC 12 Wall Street Canyon features the Alder Lake-P series and comes with varying options for SKUs like 10-core Core i3-1220P, 12-core Core i5-1240P, or 12-core Core i7-1260P. These systems don’t feature a discrete graphics but will come with integrated Xe graphics having 64, 80, or 96 Execution Units.
According to SimplyNUC, a premium NUC reseller, there will be another variant up for grabs soon which will feature the Core i7-1270P vPRO. The NUC 12 Pro features a DDR4-3200 memory of 64 GB and so far there seems to be no news of a DDR5 variant in the works. A ‘Lite’ version will also make its way apparently but this one will come without the dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors which is probably the most stand out feature on the NUC 12 Pro.
Now, coming to the pricing, SimplyNUC has listed the cheapest version of the NUC 12 for $749. This system comes with 4 GB memory and 256 GB storage. The Core i7 SKU has been priced at $879.