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Intel plans to release Quartz Canyon workstation NUCs with replaceable GPUs

The Quartz Canyon NUCs feature a heftier case. (Source: Softline)
The Quartz Canyon NUCs feature a heftier case. (Source: Softline)
The Quartz Canyon series will feature the first NUCs that allow users to add high-end GPUs. The systems are advertised as workstation kits due to the inclusion of Xeon E and Core i7 vPro CPUs. Other features include dual Thunderbolt 3 connectors, Wi-Fi 6 interface, Optane and ECC memory support, plus an internal 500 W power supply.

Intel’s NUC lineup usually features small form factor PC systems that let users add their own storage and RAM configurations. Some NUCs also feature discrete GPUs that allow for light gaming, but users do not have the option to customize the graphics card, so the gaming experience is quite limited. With the upcoming Quartz Canyon series, this situation will change, as Intel is planning to add an accessible PCI slot for easy GPU customization.

The Quartz Canyon series was “leaked” by Russian site Softline in a document presenting all the existing and upcoming NUC models that Intel has in store. Rather than being a straightforward gaming system, the Quartz Canyon NUC is advertised as a workstation kit, as it comes powered by 8-core Intel Xeon E or Gen 9 Core i7 vPro CPUs. Since it can house high-end GPUs, the case appears to be heftier than the your average NUC, although no exact measurements are provided. Among the included features there also are dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for even more GPU power through external solutions, dual Ethernet ports and a Wi-Fi 6 AX200 interface, plus Optane and ECC memory support. Intel also provides an internal 500 W power supply, which clearly adds to the heftiness of the case.

Pricing and availability info is currently unknown, but the Quartz Canyon series will most likely be released towards the end of 2019.

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Quartz Canyon main features (Source: Softline)
Quartz Canyon main features (Source: Softline)
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-08- 8 (Update: 2019-08- 8)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.