A few days before MWC 2022 begins, Intel has taken the opportunity to present part of its product portfolio, one of them being the Intel NUC 12 Extreme, which differs from traditional models of this type of computer by having expansion capabilities. much more spacious and totally worthy of a top-of-the-range gaming laptop and even beyond.
How is the Intel NUC 12 Extreme?
With the code name Dragon CanyonIntel just released a Mini PC with gaming capabilities, which is much closer to a conventional tower than those that are based on laptop hardware. Due to the fact that a i9-12900 with 8 P-Core and 8 E-Core or a i7-12700 with 6 P-Core and 8 E-Core as system CPU. That is, two of the desktop models with a base TDP of 65 W and without the unlocked overclock and not for laptops. This allows us to be able to replace them in the future if necessary.
The other point that equates it with a conventional desktop is its port PCI Express Gen5 x16 which will allow you to connect a graphics card up to 305mm in length. Unfortunately, and contrary to what was expected, Intel has not included one of its ARC Alchemist inside this PC and, therefore, we are not facing the model that was leaked a few months ago that included the first graphics card for gaming with face and eyes by Intel. Honestly, it would have been more interesting, since we could finally have seen his performance.
If we had to highlight something negative about the NUC 12 Extreme, it is the fact that we do not have information about the characteristics of its power supply and neither about the cooling included in the system. Therefore, we must be very careful when updating the PC, what is more, seeing its size and the small power supply it may have, it is more than clear that it is not designed to be used with Intel Core 12 with a base TDP of 125 W and neither with a high-end graphics.
Ports and expandability
The Intel® NUC 12 Extreme (code-named “Dragon Canyon”) is easy to spec with your own storage, memory, and graphics.
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As for the rest of the elements, we have two slots Dual Channel SO-DIMM to be able to have up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. As for the expansion capabilities, apart from the PCIe port already mentioned above, we have: 3 M.2 slots to connect several NVMe SSDs making use of PCIe Gen 4 and 6 USB 3.2 type A ports although one of the type C is missing.
If we talk about internet connectivity in the NUC 12 Extreme we find a radio Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 so in wireless capabilities it is more than served and is very prepared. Although what has surprised us most is the 10Gb Ethernet portwhich makes it more than ready for the fiber optics of the future and in the case of the model with the i9-12900 we have to add another 2.5Gb LAN port.
As you can see in the video embedded in the tweet above these lines, its disassembly to be able to expand it is easy to do and a component can be changed in a few minutes. Something that will be to the liking of the most handy users.