Intel previewed the NUC12 Extreme “Dragon Canyon” mini PC at CES, revealing very little about the hardware, but a leaked spec sheet may have changed that.
As reported by VideoCardz.com, the spec sheet reveals that the Dragon Canyon will be offered as two NUC models – NUC12EDBi7 and NUC12RDBi9. The only differentiating component between the two is the Elder Lake chip they use. The Bi7 ships with a Core i7-12700 (12 cores, 20 threads) capable of hitting 4.9GHz, while the Bi9 uses a Core i9-12900 (16 cores, 24 threads) and achieves 5.1GHz.
The smaller NUC PC includes space for a PCIe x16 graphics card, dual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMMs with a maximum capacity of 64GB, and a PCIe x4 Gen4 NVME card slot. Available ports include one HDMI 2.0b, two Thuderbolt 4, six USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, and 10Gbps Ethernet (and an additional 2.5Gbps Ethernet port on the Core i9 model). There’s also Intel Wi-Fi 6e with dual internal antennas, 7.1 channel audio, and Bluetooth 5.2.
Pricing for both models was revealed courtesy of a Twitter user @momomo_us, The barebones kit, which means you’ll need to add storage, RAM, and an operating system, costs $1,514 for the Core i7 model and $1,714 for the Core i9. This is significantly higher than the NUC 11 Extreme “Beast Canyon”, which started at $1,150 and $1,350 respectively.