Intel teases Beast Canyon NUC with space for separate video card

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Intel will release the NUC 11 Extreme Kit later this year, a compact eight-liter enclosure that includes a Compute Element with Tiger Lake-H processors. The box also offers space for a large video card.

Intel does not say what the exact dimensions of the housing are. Because ‘full length’ video cards fit in, the box will in any case be more than 30cm deep. According to the specifications of the PCI-SIG, a full length PCIe card is up to 312mm long.

The NUC 11 Extreme Kit, codenamed Beast Canyon NUC, contains a NUC Compute Element. That is a PCIe plug-in card containing the processor, ram, storage and chipset. Intel is not yet giving details about the new plug-in card, but information about it leaked earlier this year.

Intel NUC 11 Extreme Compute Element

Intel will ship the NUC 11 Extreme Kit with Tiger Lake-H series Core i5, i7 and i9 processors. According to the previously published information, it concerns a maximum of the Core i9-11980HK with eight cores. The Compute Element would have two memory slots for up to 64GB of DDR4-3200.

According to Intel, the Beast Canyon NUC will be released later this year. When exactly and for what price has not yet been announced. In 2020, Intel first released a NUC with a ‘PC-on-PCIe card’. The NUC 9 Extreme Kit has a volume of five liters, but it only accommodates short video cards of up to 20 cm.

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