During CES 2022 this week, Intel showcased breakthroughs in the company’s future developments. One of the next-gen components on exhibit was their new NUC 12 Extreme, dubbed “Dragon Canyon” by the company.
The NUC Extreme is a replacement for Intel’s Beast Canyon series and is based on the company’s 11th Gen Core KB-series (Tiger Lake-H) CPUs. The LGA1700 socket will be used extensively in the new small PC series. According to the website VideoCardz, any 65W processor will fit in the new NUC 12 Extreme’s socket.
Not to be mistaken with the NUC 12 Enthusiast ‘Serpent Canyon’, the NUC 12 Extreme will be a whole different beast and come equipped with the Compute Element module which houses the CPU and PCH on its dedicated add-on-board. The NUC 12 Enthusiast is likely to retain the BGA form factor for Alder Lake CPUs while the NUC 12 Extreme is going to be the first NUC to ship in socketed form factors.
According to reports, the NUC 12 Extreme would be able to accommodate up to three PCIe Gen4 M.2 devices. Up to 64 GB DDR4-3200 memory modules will be supported by the next-generation microsystem. Intel’s new Compute Element technology will allow the primary components to be visible while being coupled to a separate board that will house the discrete graphics card.
The CPU features a power delivery comprising 10+1 phases and also features dual SODIMM slots which are likely to support the latest DDR4 standard. Aside from that, the Compute Element modules also feature a single Gen 4 NVMe slot and another slot that looks like an M.2 connector but has the 1.2V DDR4 label on it. Power is provided through a single 8-pin connector.
Intel has not said whether the new device will be released at the same time as the company’s discrete Arc Alchemist graphics card. However, Intel does state that the new gadget will be equipped with the most recent GPU.
The primary highlights of the announcement are Intel’s confirmation that DDR4 memory will be used instead of next-generation DDR5, and that the new NUC 12 Extreme will employ the LGA 1700 socket set. The new next-generation NUCs are planned to be released in the first quarter of 2022.