Next-generation NUC X15 Laptop Kit details leak with Intel Arc dGPU options
Leaker @momomo_us has discovered details about Intel's next-generation NUC X15 Laptop Kits. Codenamed 'Alder County', the document highlights that Intel will offer new NUC X15 laptops in two configurations, dubbed LAPAC71G and LAPAC71H. Incidentally, both versions will ship with the Core i7-12700H, an Alder Lake-H series processor with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores.
As the image below shows, Intel plans to distinguish the LAPAC71G and LAPAC71H from each other with their GPU options. Presumably the cheaper option, the document describes the LAPAC71G as featuring Arc A550M Graphics, a mid-range option based on Intel's ACM-G10 GPU. For context, the Arc A550M Graphics features 16 Xe cores, equivalent to 256 ALUs, with 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM operating on a 128-bit bus. Additionally, the Arc A550M Graphics offers 900 MHz GPU and 14,000 MHz VRAM clock speeds.
Meanwhile, the LAPAC71H will ship with the Arc A730M Graphics, the next step up from the Arc A550M Graphics. Unsurprisingly, the former is more powerful than the latter, albeit while relying on the same ACM-G10 GPU. However, the Arc A730M Graphics has 24 Xe cores operating at 1,100 MHz and 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. While the VRAM also peaks at 14,000 MHz, it utilises a 192-bit bus for a 336 GB/s memory bandwidth. By contrast, the Arc A550M Graphics only delivers 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
Separately, the document highlights that this year's NUC X15 Laptop Kits will feature dual M.2 slots, WiFi 6 AX 201 modems with Bluetooth 5.2 support and SO-DIMM RAM. Previously, it had been suggested that 'Alder County' machines would debut in Q2 2022. With that no longer being the case, the release date for the LAPAC71G and LAPAC71H remains unknown. Intel hopes to launch the Arc A550M Graphics and Arc A730M Graphics later this summer though, meaning that we could see new NUC X15 laptops before autumn rolls around.