The new series of miniature computers is based on the company’s Tiger Lake-U platform, with three models to choose from with this generation, and there are multiple sizes of NUC 11 Pro and NUC 11 Performance.
The company announced NUC 11 Performance, codenamed Panther Canyon, and the device is available with Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7, or Core i7-1165G7 processors in three sizes with Intel Iris Xe graphics.
Intel released two versions of the NUC 11 Performance, but there are two versions of the longer model – one with an integrated wireless charging pad.
Despite its size, NUC 11 Performance also has multiple ports, including two Thunderbolt, four USB Type-A and Ethernet ports, and two dedicated video outputs.
In theory, the devices support Thunderbolt 4, but their spec sheets state that Thunderbolt 3 is, and it’s unclear why.
The company announced the NUC 11 Pro, codenamed Tiger Canyon, and the device relies on the new vPro chips. Intel Core i5-1145G7 vPro, Core i7-1165G7 vPro, And theThe NUC 11 Pro is also available in two sizes with Intel Iris X graphics.
The device supports one 8K screen or two 4K screens, and contains two Thunderbolt / USB4 ports, two HDMI 2.0b ports, an Ethernet port, three USB-A 3.2 ports and a USB-A 2.0 port.
The core model with a Core i3 processor supports up to 16 GB of RAM, and other models can be expanded to 64 GB.
The company announced NUC 11 Enthusiast Which bears the codename Tiger Canyon, which is the most important device among the three devices, as the main product combines the Core i7-1165G7 with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060, which contains 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
Nor is there any information on whether Intel plans to release a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU version of the NUC 11 Enthusiast with up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and two M.2 2280 hard drives.
The NUC 11 Enthusiast has integrated Xe graphics, which should be fine for live streamers or creative professionals who enjoy Intel Quick Sync for video encoding, and is ready for use with Intel Optane H10 and H20.
The device maintains a large number of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an Ethernet port, six USB 3.2 Type-A ports, Wi-Fi 6, and a port Mini DisplayPort 1.4 for output.
Intel has a long history of trying to convert the following computing units into gaming miniature computers, and it even teamed up with AMD to put dedicated Vega graphics into the NUC 8, which it hoped would attract more gamers than office workers.
It showed at CES 2020 the NUC 9 Extreme, which was intended to be a gaming PC with an easy-to-upgrade computing unit.