Intel has released the NUC 12 with its own Arc Discrete Graphics Card.

At the start of the year, Intel revealed that the new generation of NUC minicomputers will include its own Arc discrete graphics card. However, because to the sluggish pace of development in the graphics card industry, the NUC has yet to be upgraded.


A new generation of NUC 12 code-named “Serpent Canyon” has already arrived. It will replace the current “Phantom Canyon” with extraordinary improvements.

Users may select from a variety of models, including a 12-generation Core i7-12700H CPU with 14 cores and 20 threads, 24MB L3 cache, and a maximum turbo clock of 4.7GHz.

This is also the norm for today’s high-end gaming laptops, as the previous generation CPU is still the 11th-generation Core i7-1165G7, which has just four cores and eight threads.

The graphics card has been upgraded from an RTX 2060 to its own Arc A770M, the mobile version’s flagship variant. The latter is equipped with 32 Xe cores, 32 optical tracking units, 256-bit 16GB GDDR6 video memory, and a power consumption range of 120-150W.

In terms of look, the business designed it so that you may use it in both horizontal and vertical orientations. We’re talking about a gaming PC. So it seems to reason that there are cooling holes all over the place, as well as a cooling grille on the rear. The capacity is around 2.5 liters.

In addition, the front panel features an SDXC card reader, Thunderbolt 4, 3.5mm headset, and USB-A, while the back panel has four USB-A, 2.5G RJ-45 network connections, Thunderbolt 4, 3.5mm, HDMI 2.1, and DP 2.0. By the way, this is the first time a DP interface has been added to the NUC.

Intel is also working on a more powerful NUC 12 Extreme, codenamed “Dragon Canyon.” It will be powered by a 12-generation Core i9-12900 CPU with up to 16 cores and 24 threads. It will, of course, support full-length discrete graphics cards.

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