The new Intel NUC 11 Extreme barebones PC has (almost) hit the market and pre-orders are open. Intel had presented it at Computex 2021: it can host a choice of three 11th generation Intel CPUs and has an 8-liter case that can also accommodate a large graphics card, thus not limited only to mini solutions.
Over the years, Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) computers have attracted the attention of more and more fans and enthusiasts. As we know, they are barebones PCs, that is, partially assembled computers – and usually small in size – which can be customized for some of their internal components.
11th generation CPU also as an upgrade for last year’s NUC 9s
This year’s three CPU options are a Core i5-11400H, a Core i7-11700B, and a Core i9-11900KB.
Intel has confirmed that the three processors will also be available as an upgrade to the NUC 9 Extreme released in 2020. In this specific case, however, you will not be able to have the audio connections on the front panel if you mount an 11th generation Intel CPU. PCIe Gen 4.0 support should also be missing.
NUC 11 Extreme hosts full size graphics cards
Beyond the three new processors, the big news this year also lies in the increase in internal volume, which goes from 5 liters to 8 liters. The extra space can allow for the installation of large graphics cards up to approximately 30 cm in length.
The RAM can be chosen from 8 GB up to 64 GB DDR4. The new NUC can have three M.2s, with the main one that can reach a capacity of 8 TB on NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD.
The PSU also becomes more powerful and goes from last year’s 500W to the NUC 11 Extreme’s 650W. The reason is explained by the power required by the matching Nvidia GeForce cards including an RTX 3080 through the PCIe 4.0 x16 expansion slot.
There are up to six USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports on the back, along with the Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. There are two more USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports on the front and an SDXC card slot.
At the moment, NUC is in pre-order on the SimplyNUC website, which specializes in selling these solutions, but in the price list for the European market there are only two NUC 11 Extreme respectively with i9-11900KB and i7-11700B, and for now the only “full size” card that can be matched is the EVGA RTX 3070.
Shipping is scheduled for September and prices range from 1.189 euro a 1.359 euro for the basic versions of the two NUC 11 Extreme called “Beast Canyon”.
However, “base version” means the processor plus 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of M.2 with the operating system of your choice (Ubuntu and Fedora are free) and the USB, HDMI and Thunderbolt 4 ports. Everything else is added. for a fee, obviously including the external graphics card: for the EVGA 3070 you have to add 1,529 euros.