The most powerful NUC device Intel has ever offered is the NUC 12 “Serpent Canyon,” which features an all-Intel CPU and discrete GPU combination with Arc graphics. Technically speaking, more powerful NUCs have been available, such as the NUC 12 Extreme, which comes in a larger case and has desktop-grade Alder Lake CPUs and full-length discrete graphics cards. The substantially more compact NUC 12 “Serpent Canyon” architecture supports the 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake CPU and the most latest Arc A7 Series GPUs. Through the Baidu Forums, Videocardz discovered the specs of this latest NUC.
The NUC 12 “Serpent Canyon” Mini PC is powered by the Intel Core i7-12700H CPU, which features 6 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores. The chip has a TDP of 45W, a total of 14 cores, 20 threads, and 24 MB of cache. Up to 4.70 GHz can be used (MTP rated at 115W). The CPU is suitable for tiny NUC PCs and was designed for laptops.
On the GPU side, we are getting the Intel Arc A770M GPU
The Intel Arc 7 series will make use of the top-tier ACM-G10 GPU. One of the top models for mobile PCs that are equipped with the complete ACM-G10 configuration is the Arc A770M 16 GB, which uses 32 Xe-Cores for 4096 ALUs and 32 ray tracing units.
The graphics clock is 1650 MHz, and its TDP ranges from 120 to 150W. Because it will replace the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 that was utilized in prior SFF NUC designs, its performance will fall somewhere in the mainstream category when compared to the desktop lineup.
Along with other features, the Intel NUC 12 “Serpent Canyon” Mini PC contains a 2.5GbE LAN port, six USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (two on the front, four on the rear), a DC Power-In port, an SDXC card slot (UHS-II), dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 3.5mm audio input, HDMI 2.1, dual DP 2.0 outputs, and more.
The Intel NUC 12 “Serpent Canyon” is going to be one hot system with its numerous side vents and exhaust vent on the back of the chassis. Because the top cover of the system can be removed, DIY users can easily customize the chassis to their preferences. Although there is no information on a pricing or release date, it should be available with the Arc GPU portfolio in the coming months. The NUC 12’s price may be expected to be comparable to that of its predecessor, the NUC 11 “Phantom Canyon,” which included Tiger Lake and an RTX 2060 GPU and could be purchased for about $1200 US.