Intel NUCs are relatively unknown to the general public, but these mini PCs are a lot more versatile than the Mac mini nonetheless. It can also be used to play in a configuration with a QHD or 4K screen.
Intel’s latest generation of mini PCs now feature Founders Tiger Lake H45 chips. Thus these NUCs come to power while retaining the potential to evolve over time. The Intel NUC 11 Extreme “Beast Canon” is offered in three models at prices starting at EUR 1,100, which include a bootable PC with integrated RAM and SSD.
A very versatile mini machine
Better yet, you can add a dedicated graphics card to it thanks to 16-lane PCIe 4.0. You can put in an RTX 3060 Ti or an RTX 3070 if you want, but with a significant complement. Specifically, there are 20 lanes for PCI Express 4.0, 16 of them go to the graphics card, the other four are handled by the SSD, and Thunderbolt 4 is already built into the CPU.
On the CPU side, you have the option of a six-core Intel Core i5-11400H processor commonly found on Tiger Lake H45 laptops, as well as dual eight-core Intel Core i7-11700KB and Core i9 processors. -11900 . These are essentially the same Tiger Lake H45 chips, though they work with a TDP of 65 watts to deliver even more power. Moreover, officially, they belong to the category of desktop processors.
These 65W processors are a very attractive solution that can easily replace the existing 11th generation rocket lakes. The Core i7-11700KB, for example, doesn’t have much in common with other Core i7s: the clock frequency is significantly higher, neither is Boost, 50% more L3 cache…