Rumour | Intel gives the NUC 9 Performance a new lease of life as the NUC 11 Performance and NUC 11 Extreme get delayed
Leaked by FanlessTech in January, the Phantom Canyon and Panther Canyon NUCs are set to replace Hades Canyon and Bean Canyon, respectively. According to the website and as we reported earlier this year, both series will feature 28 W Tiger Lake processors and up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. However, while Panther Canyon will include Intel Xe graphics, Phantom Canyon will offer third-party dedicated GPUs with up to 8 GB of VRAM.
Apparently due to be marketed as the NUC 11 Performance, Panther Canyon will be the more compact of the two units. Phantom Canyon, meanwhile, will be sold as the NUC 11 Extreme and will look more like a mini gaming PC.
FanlessTech has now revealed the "Intel NUC Mini PC, Kit, Board Roadmap", confirming not only the official names of Panther and Phantom Canyon, but also several of their specifications. As the photo below demonstrates, both are set to feature Tiger Lake-U processors and are due to arrive later this year.
However, both may arrive later than originally planned. Citing its source, FanlessTech claims that the roadmap precedes the outbreak of COVID-19. Apparently, this will "almost certainly" impact production. Hence, do not necessarily expect Intel to release either the NUC 11 Extreme or NUC 11 Performance until deep into 2H 2020.
Separately, the roadmap seemingly confirms that Intel will continue to offer the NUC 9 Extreme until at least 2021.