After launching NUC 11 Extreme ‘Beast Canyon’ integrated with the 11th Gen Tiger Lake processor, Intel is now working on its next-gen successor named NUC 12 ‘Serpent Canyon’. And according to a Weibo user, the enthusiast variant of this upcoming NUC will have 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs and Xe-HPG DG2 graphics chips (via Wccftech).
NUC 12 Leaked Specifications
The leaked specifications claim that Intel will be using its forthcoming Xe-HPG DG2 discrete graphics cards in NUC 12 ‘Serpent Canyon’ series and will come in three variants: Core i7 with 16GB Discrete graphics, Core i5 with 12GB Discrete graphics, and Core i5 with 8GB Discrete graphics.
Some of the other specifications of DG2: HDMI 2.0 port, a full-size DisplayPort 2.0 outputs, and a Mini DisplayPort 2.0. And in fact, these specifications of DG2 are not similar to specifications of either AMD and Nvidia graphics cards which confirms that Intel is working on their new Xe-HPG DG2 graphics cards.
This next-gen NUC will be using the 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake processor which supports both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM. There are two SO-DIMM DDR4 memory slots to support 64GB DDR4-3200 memory at 1.2V. In addition to these, there are 2 Gen 4×4 and 1 Gen 3×4 (2280) M.2 drives, the Optane Memory M10/H10 solution.
For connectivity, it will have 2.5 GB Ethernet networking, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, front and rear Thunderbolt 4 ports and six standard USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headset jack, 7.1 channel digital audio via HDMI or DP ports, a beam-forming, quad-mic array with Alexa, and power input of 19V (230/330W) C13 AC power plug.
As the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) hasn’t signed the NUC 12 series, the final design and specifications can vary. Besides this leaked Intel document also not specifying any dimensions of the system. But we can see the Skull logo on NUC 12 Enthusiast with RGB-lit which can be replaced or customized by users along with a vertical stand (written) in the package with a 3-year warranty.
Intel will be launching its Alder Lake processor this year or at the beginning of 2022, so we can expect NUC 12 series to come shortly after that only.
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