Intel’s Latest NUC 11 Extreme Spotted in Benchmarks


    Intel’s next-generation NUCs named Phantom Canyon were spotted at the beginning of this year. It was said that the NUCs will be featuring Tiger Lake CPUs and Xe HP GPUs. FanlessTech reported the full specifications of the NUC designs at that time. The report confirmed that there will be two Phantom Canyon NUCs, the Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme, and the Panther Canyon NUC 11 Performance. Again, the Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme is spotted. It will be utilizing 10nm Tiger Lake CPU. The NUC is spotted by 3DMark. Rogame at HardwareLeaks has spotted the Small Form Factor(SFF) PC. They revealed the full specifications along with the performance numbers.  

    Specifications of Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme

    With the previous leak, Wccftech covered the details of the Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme. The details showed that the SFF unit will be having many good specifications in the small space. The NUC 11 extreme would be based on Intel’s Tiger Lake-U 28W Core i7 or Core i5 processors. It would also be featuring integrated Xe GPU.

    The NUC 11 extreme has a 4 core and 8 thread CPU. The base frequency and boost-up frequencies are 2.3 GHz and 4.4 GHz respectively. Rogame pointed out that the CPU’s score of 4590 points is lesser than the Core i7-1165G7 (Tiger Lake-U 28W) CPU at a 2.8 GHz base frequency. This suggests that the chip will be a Core i5 Chip. We must not forget also that this is an Early Engineering sample. The CPU’s scores are only 160 points lesser than the Core i7 chip which makes it interesting. The NUC 11 Extreme features RAM of 8 GB of DDR4 memory and 2 TB of NVMe SSD space.


    Coming to the primary GPU, intel gave hints about the use of 3rd party discrete graphics solutions. Right now, it must be considered that the Xe DG1 GPU is not coming in a discrete variant. The NUC 11 Extreme will feature GPU of either AMD or NVIDIA of 6GB to 8 GB. The reports have claimed that the leaked variant featured an 80W NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TI. It has 1536 CUDA cores and features a GPU clock speed of 1600 MHz. The 1080p solution of the notebook seems a decent solution for itself.

    In the 3DMark database, several Tiger Lake-U CPUs were also featured along with the NUC 11 Extreme. The boost-up frequency of many chips is around 4.4 GHz. One of the variants hit 5GHz mark on the boost-up clocks. If the same boost-up clocks will be featured at the end product then it will be the best for the 10nm process node.

    The NUC 11 Extreme can be configured up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 SODIMMs. It houses a PCIe x4 Gen 3 NVMe port and dual M.2 slots (1x 22×80/110 & 1x 22×80). A very interesting design is also featured with a ‘SKULL’ logo which lights up with LEDs.

    It would be really interesting to see the performance of NUC 11 extreme if Intel uses the more high-performance NVIDIA GPUs in its SFF NUC 11 PCs. Intel’s own Xe discrete GPU can also be expected with the future variants. Both of the variants of Phantom Canyon NUC 11 are expected to arrive later this year.

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