Intel unveiled NUC 12 Extreme compact gaming PCs powered by Alder Lake desktop chips

Intel has officially introduced the NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element (Eden Bay) platform and the NUC 12 Extreme (Dragon Canyon) compact modular gaming PC based on it. For the first time for the NUC series, the NUC 12 Extreme features desktop versions of Intel's 12th generation Core processors and offers support for full-size graphics cards up to 300mm long. In addition, the system offers support for a wide range of external interfaces, including Thunderbolt 4.

NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element
NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element

The manufacturer positions the NUC 12 Extreme as the most powerful system of its kind. It is ready to offer Alder Lake desktop processors up to Core i9 models, which include eight high-performance P-core and eight energy-efficient E-core with support for 24 virtual threads, running at up to 5.1 GHz in auto overclocking mode. In addition, these chips feature Intel UHD Graphics 770 integrated graphics with 32 execution units.

The Intel NUC 12 Extreme compact PC supports up to 64 GB of dual channel DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM memory, GPU with PCIe 5.0, and up to three NVMe SSDs with PCIe 4.0.

Intel NUC 12 Extreme
Intel NUC 12 Extreme


Among other things there are two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, Intel AX211 wireless controller with Wi-Fi 6E support, one LAN slot with up to 10 Gbit/s data transfer rate and additional 2.5 Gigabit network connector on NUC 12 Extreme models with Intel Core i9 processors.

Intel NUC 12 Extreme
Intel NUC 12 Extreme


Intel NUC 12 Extreme systems will go on sale in the second quarter of this year. Their prices will range from $1,150 to $1,450 for models with Core i7 and Core i9 processors, respectively.

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