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Intel debuts its new NUC 10 Performance series

The new Intel NUC 10 Performance series. (Source: Intel)
The new Intel NUC 10 Performance series. (Source: Intel)
Intel has released its latest Next-Unit Computing- (NUC) form-factor PCs. They are powered by 10th-generation Core processors, and have i3, i5 and i7 variants. This applies to the kits and the mini PCs in this series, which also have Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6 and 4 USB 3.1 ports, 1 of which is type C.

Intel has made its new line of NUCs official. These diminutive PCs, in accordance with their new product names, integrate ex-Comet Lake 10th-generation Core i3-10110U, i5-10210U or i7-10710U SoCs. These sub-series are called NUC10i3FN, NUC10i5FN and NUC10i7FN respectively. All 3 include kit (NUC10i3FNH/K, NUC10i5FNH/K or NUC10i7FNH/K) and mini-PC (NUC10i3FNHxx, NUC10i5FNHxx, NUC10i5FNKxx, NUC10i7FNKxx or NUC10i7FNHxx) SKUs.

These new devices would have been heretofore known under the code name Frost Canyon. Some of the leaks surrounding this series have proven true: they do indeed have USB type C, which is present on the front of each variant's case. The NUCs 10 Performance also come equipped with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 6 and 3.5mm stereo headphone ports.

Intel claims that these new home-office, media-managing or casual gaming PCs have more than twice the performance (albeit compared to a similarly-spec'd 5-year-old laptop) and that their wireless data-transfer rate (conferred as it is by Wi-Fi 6 compared to 802.11ac) has also improved by 3x. They also have the potential to deliver 8 times the bandwidth, thanks to the inclusion of Thunderbolt rather than USB 3.0. The NUC 10 Performance line does not have pricing or availability information as yet.

The NUC 10 Performance series' full specs and I/O. (Source: Intel)
The NUC 10 Performance series' full specs and I/O. (Source: Intel)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-11-24 (Update: 2019-11-24)