Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast “Serpent Canyon” Now Available, First To Feature Arc GPUs

Intel has officially opened pre-orders for its NUC 12 Enthusiast “Serpent Canyon” mini PC, which is the first to feature the company’s Arc GPUs. The new Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC comes with an Intel Gen Core i7-12700H Alder Lake CPU and Arc A770M discrete GPU.

Intel Launches NUC 12 Enthusiast “Serpent Canyon” SFF Mini PC with Intel Core i7-12700H CPU and Arc A770M GPU

This new small form factor system is encased within a 2.5L (230 × 180 × 60mm) chassis. You get an Intel Core i7-12700H CPU with 14 cores, 20 threads (45W TDP) and an integrated Iris Xe graphics card or the A770 dGPU. The Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Serpent Canyon SFF Mini PC can produce up to five streams in 4K resolution. For connectivity, the system offers USB 3.2 Gen2, Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort 2.0, and HDMI 2.1.

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Intel currently offers four versions of the Intel NUC line:

  • Intel NUC 12 Extreme “Dragon Canyon” (12th Gen Core-S and Arc A series desktop)
  • Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast “Serpent Canyon” (12th Gen Core-H and Arc A-Series Mobile)
  • Intel NUC 12 Pro “Wall Street Canyon” (12th Gen Core-P)
  • Intel NUC X15 “Alder County” (12th Gen Core-H Mobile and Arc A-Series) (Laptop)

So, spec-wise, the ‘Serpent Canyon’ NUC 12 Mini PC will be powered by an Intel Core i7-12700H CPU that features 6 P-Core and 8 E-Core. The chip has a total of 14 cores, 20 threads, and 24 MB of cache that can clock up to 4.70 GHz and has a TDP of 45 W (MTP rated at 115 W).

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The entry level design will highlight the Core i5-12500H which features 4 P-Core and 8 E-Core. The CPU has a maximum clock speed of 4.5 GHz, it has 18 MB of cache and it has a base TDP of 45 W that can go up to 95 W in MTP (Maximum Turbo Power). Both CPUs are designed for laptops and are a decent option for smaller NUC PCs. The Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast ‘Serpent Canyon’ will house two DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM slots for a total of 64GB of system RAM capacity, two M.2 22×80 Gen 4 NVMe slots, and a single M.2 Gen 3 slot.

On the GPU side, we are getting closer to an Intel Arc A770M GPU. The Intel Arc 7 line will use the Flagship ACM-G10 GPU and we already know the mobility variants including Arc A770M and Arc A730M. Similarly, the 16GB Arc A770M is one of the high-end variants for mobile PCs that are equipped with the full ACM-G10 configuration, which uses 32 Xe-Core for 4096 ALUs and 32 ray-tracing units. This GPU has a graphics clock of 1650 MHz and a TDP between 120 to 150W. It will replace the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 that was featured in previous SFF NUC designs, so performance will be somewhere in the mainstream compared to the standard desktop lineup.

Discrete 12GB and 8GB variants are also mentioned pointing towards the Arc A730M and Arc A550M. A key difference between the NUC 12 Extreme and the NUC 12 Enthusiast is that the former features full-length discrete graphics cards, while the latter will be equipped with discrete GPUs for the mobile segment.

This specific variant is the top SKU and there will be more flavors as listed below:

  • Intel Core i7-12700H + 16GB Arc Discrete Graphics
  • Intel Core i7-12700H + 12GB Arc Discrete Graphics
  • Intel Core i5-12500H + 8GB Arc Discrete Graphics

In addition to the CPU and GPU, the Intel NUC 12 ‘Serpent Canyon’ Mini PC will house various I/O ports such as SDXC (UHS-II) card slot, Dual Thunderbolt 4 (5V/9V charging options) V), 3.5mm Audio Jack, HDMI 2.1, Dual DP 2.0 outputs, one 2.5GbE LAN port, six USB 3.2 Gen 2 (two front, four rear), and one input port DC (19 V DC 230/330 W power supply).

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The entire system measures 230 x 160 x 60mm and weighs around 2.5 liters in total. With support for multiple displays, optical audio connectivity, and ultra-fast WiFi-6E or 2.5G Ethernet support combined with powerful hardware, the NUC 12 Enthusiast is a new choice for home theater systems or gaming consoles.

According to Intel, this system is eligible for the “Arc 7 System Bundle” worth $370. Known specs about the system are that it has 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB storage. The cost of the system will be $1,699. It’s possible to upgrade to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage to push the price up to $1,944.

news sources: fanless technology, Simply NUC (YouTube)

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