Intel's strongest mini host, the 12th generation NUC giant snake canyon released

2022 / 09 / 21
Recently, the Intel NUC family released a new product - NUC 12 Enthusiast, code-named Serpent Canyon. In terms of volume, it is an upgraded iteration of Phantom Canyon, targeting small desktop-level high performance. The game console can be placed vertically or horizontally. Previously, it was equipped with a high-power mobile processor and a high-performance discrete graphics card.

The NUC 12 Enthusiast is available in i5 12500H and i7 12700H. Compared with the previous generation 40W i7 1165G7, the TDP of the H series has also reached 45W, and the highest turbo frequency can reach 4.7GHz. This is also Intel's flagship mobile terminal product.
Compared with the conventional upgrade of the processor, the biggest highlight of this NUC 12 is of course the first Intel discrete graphics Arc Ruixuan A series, the highest optional A770M, the graphics card uses 32 Xe cores, 32 light pursuit acceleration units, equipped with Up to 16Gb of video memory, supports terrifying 5-channel 4K high-definition output. Judging from the previous test results of foreign media, the performance of this graphics card is even stronger than that of the RTX3060. With such a high-performance graphics card in such a small host, the performance is a leap forward compared to the RTX2060 of the previous generation of Phantom Canyon.

As for other peripheral configurations, PCI-E 4.0 M.2 slot, DDR4 memory slot that supports Optane acceleration, Killer WIFI6 network card, these expansions can be regarded as basic operations for a "fanatic" host, two Thunderbolt 4 The interface is also a consistent tradition of high-performance NUCs, and it is even equipped with two display output interfaces of the first DP 2.0 version, which makes people look forward to the performance of Intel's independent display.

The size of NUC 12 Enthusiast is only 180*230*60mm (including the base). To pack high-performance configuration into such a volume, targeted hardware stacking is essential. From the official dismantling video, Enthusiast’s motherboard is integrated The temperature is still very high, and the combination of dual-turbo fans and seven heat pipes is also very powerful, and it is not inferior to the top game books.

With such a powerful configuration, the price will naturally not be cheap. At present, the overseas simplenuc website can already be ordered. The most basic configuration of i7+A770M+8+256 is priced at 1499 pounds (about 12,000 yuan, excluding tax). Domestic platforms It is not yet on the market. With reference to the current Phantom Canyon, it is expected that the low-end version will sell for about 8,000.