Intel’s Subsequent Unit of Computing (NUC) platform has been round lengthy sufficient that it is in all probability misplaced its “subsequent” standing, however that does not cease the corporate from persevering with to churn out new variations as its Core processors get refreshed. With every new iteration of the NUC, we will anticipate an NUC Excessive model, designed for players and different high-performance PC customers, housed in a compact case with a cranium brand etched on it, and code-named with a scary-sounding Canyon-based moniker.
Following within the lineage of such predecessors as Skull Canyon, Hades Canyon and Ghost Canyon, the brand new Beast Canyon has simply been launched underneath the official identify of NUC 11 Excessive Equipment. As with its predecessors, the package relies across the newest top-performing Intel Core processors housed in a small-form-factor chassis with room for a full-size graphics card, as much as 64GB of RAM, and numerous storage choices by way of a quartet of M.2 slots. The chassis is branded with the signature (detachable) cranium brand full with RGB lighting to customise it to your style. It options Intel’s Compute Element, which packages the CPU, motherboard and reminiscence and storage slots right into a single card-like unit that may be swapped out for a distinct model.
The Beast Canyon NUC is offered in two configurations based mostly in your eight-core Tiger Lake processor selection — both an unlocked Core i7-11700B or a Core i9-11900KB. (Word that each are 65W chips, so they will not be as blazing because the beefier 125W full desktop variations.) When you provide the RAM, graphics and storage, the package does include a 650-watt energy provide and a trio of 92mm followers to deal with the parts you add (up from the 80mm followers within the Ghost Canyon NUC). It additionally provides a spread of connectivity choices, together with a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports, eight USB 3.1 ports, HDMI 2.0b port, and Wi-Fi 6E AX210 and Bluetooth 5.2 wi-fi antennas.
Beast Canyon additionally comes with a beast of a price ticket, contemplating you will must spend a hefty quantity on the high-performance reminiscence, GPU and storage this technique calls for. Intel’s beginning value for the Core i7 model is $1,150 whereas the Core i9 version will begin at $1,350. If you wish to discover out if it is value the fee, take a look at our sister website CNET’s hands-on preview of the NUC 11 Extreme Kit.