Intel is already prepping its next-gen successor to the Phantom Canyon NUC often called NUC 12 ‘Serpent Canyon’ which might provide twelfth Gen Alder Lake CPUs and Xe-HPG based mostly DG2 graphics chips.
Intel NUC 12 ‘Serpent Canyon’ Mini PCs To Rock Alder Lake H45 CPUs & Up To 16 GB Xe-HPG DG2 Discrete GPUs
In a slide that was leaked over at Weibo (via HXL), it may be seen that the fanatic variant of the NUC 12 sequence which shall be often called Serpent Canyon, shall be changing the NUC 11 sequence. The PC will provide two key elements, a model new CPU structure within the type of Alder Lake and a brand new in-house GPU choice within the type of Xe-HPG powered DG2.
The NUC 12 ‘Serpent Canyon’ sequence will are available in three flavors, the highest variant will function an Alder Lake Core i7 CPU with as much as 16 GB Discrete graphics. This shall be adopted by a Core i7 variant with as much as 12 GB Discrete graphics and at last, we’ve the entry-level Core i5 variant with an 8 GB GPU. Leaked specs for Xe-HPG DG2 SKUs verify that 16 GB, 12 GB and eight GB GPUs do exist so that is what we’re going to find yourself getting within the next-gen Mini PCs from Intel.
Now it is not explicitly talked about which GPU the NUC 12 shall be providing however contemplating that the Mini PC launches subsequent yr, it’s just about confirmed to supply Intel’s Xe-HPG based mostly DG2 GPUs. The discrete graphics will provide HDMI 2.1, Mini DP 2.0, and DP 2.0 outputs. As for the remainder of the specs, it appears just like the Intel Alder Lake CPUs shall be connected to dual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMMs (1.2V) with as much as 64 GB capacities. This confirms that Alder Lake CPUs may have help for each DDR5 and DDR4 reminiscence baked inside their reminiscence controller.
By way of I/O, the NUC 12 will rock help for two Gen 4×4 and 1 Gen 3×4 (2280) M.2 drives, the Optane Reminiscence M10/H10 resolution, entrance and rear Thunderbolt 4 ports, Intel 2.5GbE (i225-LM) for LAN, Intel Wi-fi-AX411 (Bluetooth 5.x + WiFi 6E), a complete of 6 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports & 2 USB 2.0 ports (inside headers), a 3.5mm headset jack, 7.1 channel digital audio by way of HDMI or DP ports, a beam-forming, quad-mic array with Alexa help and an influence enter for 19V (230/330W) C13 AC energy plug.
As for the design, Intel will hold the Cranium brand featured on the NUC 12 and shall be RGB-lit plus customers may have the choice to interchange it and customise it themselves. A Vertical stand could be included within the package deal together with a 3-year guarantee. At present, there aren’t any Alder Lake CPU configurations which have been talked about however we’ll know within the coming months as we get nearer to launch.