A roadmap for Intel’s future NUC boxes has been leaked online, making previous rumors circulating around a bit more likely.
NUC refers to Next Unit of Computing - a type of compact PC that Intel is pushing. While the circulating rumors aren’t confirmed, they suggested that we will see these NUC boxes drop in the second half of 2020. This seems to be in line with the recently revealed roadmap.
Intel’s NUC device specifications
The leak comes from Fanless Tech and, if genuine, shows that Intel’s NUC 11 devices will use 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processors. This means the Phantom Canyon and Panther Canyon will be powered by 10nm++ architecture.
Panther Canyon will reportedly offer a full range of 11th generation CPUs, including Core i3, i5, and i7. However, the Phantom Canyon will only offer Core i5 and i7.
The Phantom Canyon will also allow you to add a third-party discrete GPU whereas the Panther Canyon will work with Intel’s Gen 12 integrated graphics. Rumors suggest that a GPU with 6 GB or 8 GB of VRAM will be supported so it will be interesting to see which GPUs will fit in this mini NUC build.
It also looks like system memory will be up to 64 GB with dual-channel DDR4 3200 SODIMMs.
According to rumors, the Phantom Canyon devices will offer support for Intel Optane Memory, Wi-Fi 6, and PCIe 4.0 support for the discrete GPU. The Panther Canyon will offer a PCIe 4.0 slot too but for an SSD because it won’t allow you to install a new graphics card.
Of course, as all this information is a result of rumors and leaks, it’s worth taking it with a pinch of salt. Whenever information is confirmed we will keep you updated here at WePC.