Intel displayed their soon-to-be-released NUC 13 Extreme modular PC, also known as Raptor Canyon, at TwitchCon. We have, in fact, already seen a NUC 13 Compute Element, which is a PCIe-based mainboard with a 13th Generation CPU and RAM that was purportedly slated for the Raptor Canyon. The finished product does indeed resemble the leaked render.
The next-generation NUC Extreme will be significantly larger than the previous one (13.9L vs. 8L chassis). As a result, Intel will continue to deviate from the small form factor for the most powerful NUC series, but this does not imply that Intel will abandon smaller devices.
On the contrary, the company has previously introduced its NUC 12 Enthusiast and NUC 12 Pro series, each with a distinct form factor and distinct use (gaming and business). The Extreme series is intended to be used in place of a desktop computer and have the capability to update the central processing unit (CPU), storage, and memory, in addition to the graphics.
Despite the release of Intel’s Arc A7 Limited Edition dual-slot GPUs, the upcoming generation of NUC Extreme will support even bigger desktop cards. The NUC 13 Extreme may also accommodate bespoke 2.5 and 3-slot Arc A7 cards from ASRock or GUNNIR. The official TwitchCon presentation included a GeForce RTX 30 GPU and an unidentified Raptor Lake CPU.
Within the next couple of weeks, Raptor Canyon’s definitive specs, together with further specifics like pricing and delivery date, will be made public.