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Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast: Upcoming mini-PC configurations surface in retailer listings

The Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast will ship with numerous ports and connectivity. (Image source: Intel)
The Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast will ship with numerous ports and connectivity. (Image source: Intel)
One of Intel's next-generation mini-PCs has emerged online in four retailer listings. To be sold as the NUC 12 Enthusiast but codenamed Serpent Canyon, the mini-PC series will be available with a choice of Intel Arc Graphics discrete GPUs. Prices could reach nearly US$1,500 for some configurations though, and may not start at less than US$1,000.

Leaker @momomo_us has discovered retailer listings for Intel NUC 12, a series of mini-PCs codenamed 'Serpent Canyon'. Revealed by Provantage, the model numbers in question are NUC12SNKI54, NUC12SNKI72, and NUC12SNKI73. While specifications for Intel NUC 12 machines have already leaked, Provantage has highlighted pricing across the range.

Specifically, Provantage suggests that the Intel NUC 12 will start at approximately US$1,040 for a barebones system. It is worth bearing in mind that Intel will offer more than four configurations. However, these four represent entry-level, mid-range and high-end models, with the Arc A550M, Arc A730M and Arc A770M shown. Accordingly, the NUC 12 series could be a pricey affair, regardless of the configuration chosen. Incidentally, the appearance of retailer listings at this stage implies that Intel is close to making a formal announcement, even if units may not ship for a while yet.

Based on earlier leaks, Intel will sell the NUC 12 series as NUC 12 Enthusiast. Reputedly, the mini-PCs will only be available with Core i5-12500H or Core i7-12700H processors, which offer 16 threads and 20 threads, respectively. For context, both processors are 45 W parts and are members of the Alder Lake-H series with Iris Xe Graphics G7 iGPUs. Also, the NUC 12 Enthusiast should launch with dual M.2 2280 slots, front and rear Thunderbolt 4 ports and Amazon Alexa support via a quad-mic array that supports beam-forming. Unfortunately, it remains unclear when exactly any of these 230 x 180 x 60 mm machines will be available, nor in which markets other than North America.

(Image source: Provantage)
(Image source: Provantage)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-08- 4 (Update: 2022-08- 4)