Intel Reveals NUC 12 Extreme ‘Dragon Canyon’ Mini PC With Alder Lake CPUs And PCIe Gen 5 Discrete Graphics Cards

Intel has officially announced its next-generation NUC 12 Extreme ‘Dragon Canyon’ Mini PC powered by 12th Gen Alder Lake Desktop CPUs starting at $1150 US.

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The NUC 12 Extreme ‘Dragon Canyon’ by Intel comes with a lot of different offerings as compared to the previous ones. It offers support for the 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs on the desktop LGA 1700 socket.

It has been reported that 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.

Some additional features include:

•Intel UHD Graphics 770 (32EU)
•Support for up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4-3200 MHz SODIMMs
•Support for PCIe Gen5 x16 graphics cards
•Backward compatible with PCIe Gen4 and Gen3 devices
•Support for up to three PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSDs
•Two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211, a 10Gbps Ethernet port standard; and additional 2.5Gbps Ethernet port on Intel Corei9 processor SKUs

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The NUC 12 Compute Element will begin offering Intel’s LGA1700 socket in the small form factor PC. The platform is specifically designed to support 65W CPUs up to the Core i9-12900 & Core i7-12700, rocking up to 16 cores, 24 threads, 5.1 GHz clocks, & 30 MB of L3 cache. For memory, the latest NUC comes with support for dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory with capacities of up to 64 GB.

NUC 12 Extreme also possesses triple M.2 slots, all of which are PCIe Gen 4 compliant. There’s also a full-length PCIe Gen 5.0 x16 slot which can support up to 12″ discrete graphics cards. The UHD Graphics 770 with the Alder Lake CPUs is sufficient enough for most HTPC needs. The IO includes HDMI 2.0b, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, WiFi6E support, BT 5.2, dual internal antennas, 6 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, 2 USB 3.1 headers, 2 USB 2.0 headers & a 7.1 channel HD audio jack. For LAN, there’s a 10GbE and a 2.5 GbE (Core i9 SKUs only) port.

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Intel NUC 12 Extreme ‘Dragon Canyon’ is anticipated to hit retail shelves in Q2 2022 at a price of $1150 US for the Core i7 and $1450 US for the Core i9 variant.

Via Intel