Intel finally releases new NUC 11 mini-PCs with Tiger Lake processors and a dedicated GeForce RTX 2060 option
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Intel has finally unveiled its latest generation of mini-PCs, which it continues to market under its NUC brand. As expected, the NUC 11 series relies entirely on the company's Tiger Lake-U platform, with three models from which to choose with this generation. There are multiple sizes of the NUC 11 Pro and NUC 11 Performance though, as the photos show below.
Intel NUC 11 Performance (Panther Canyon)
The latest mainstream NUC is the NUC 11 Performance, which Intel had codenamed Panther Canyon. The NUC 11 Performance is available with a Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7 or a Core i7-1165G7 processor, and in three sizes. Strictly speaking, Intel has released two versions of the NUC 11 Performance, but there are two editions of the taller model - one with a built-in wireless charging pad.
The NUC 11 Performance also has many ports despite its size, including two Thunderbolt, four USB Type-A, Ethernet and two dedicated video outputs. Theoretically, the machines support Thunderbolt 4, but their specification sheets state that Thunderbolt 3. It is unclear why this is the case, though.
Intel NUC 11 Pro (Tiger Canyon)
Meanwhile, the NUC 11 Pro is Intel's new mini-PC for businesses. Tiger Canyon relies on new vPro chips, with Intel offering the Core i5-1145G7 vPro and Core i7-1165G7 vPro. The NUC 11 Pro is also available in two sizes.
Intel NUC 11 Enthusiast (Phantom Canyon)
Phantom Canyon is the most exciting machine of the three, in our opinion. The flagship product combines a Core i7-1165G7 with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060, which has 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. There is no word if Intel plans to release a GeForce RTX 3060 edition of the NUC 11 Enthusiast, though. Incidentally, the machine can be equipped with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM two M.2 2280 SSDs.