Intel’s Tiny NUC 11 Extreme Has Enough Space for a Full-Sized GPU

Intel NUC 11 Extreme Beast Canyon PC.
Intel, SimplyNUC

It’s finally happened—Intel finally lost its mind. The company known for CPUs just opened pre-orders for its Intel NUC 11 Extreme, a shoebox-sized PC that supports full-sized graphics cards and comes with an 11th gen Intel Core processor.

Nicknamed the “Beast Canyon,” the new NUC 11 Extreme is a bit larger than than the NUC 9 Extreme that Intel launched in 2020. But of course, the slightly-beefier nature of the Beast Canyon facilitates full-sized GPU support, a highly requested feature among mini PC enthusiasts.

Full-sized GPU support, along with 11th gen Intel Core processors (up to the Core i9-11900KB) make the NUC 11 Extreme a compelling gaming machine or video editing workstation, especially when you factor in up to 64GB of RAM and 32TB of storage (using the PC’s four M.2 SSD slots).

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But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The NUC 11 Extreme also features two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, an HDMI port, eight USB 3.2 ports, an SDXC card slot, a headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and a PCIe Gen 3 4-pin connector for accessory cards. RGB lighting can turn on or off at the push of a button, and the front faceplate (the thing with a skull) is user-replaceable for customization.

There’s just one issue that may turn off the hardest of hardcore gamers—the NUC 11 Extreme only has a 650-watt power supply. That isn’t enough juice for some of the highest-end GPUs, though it’s perfect for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Intel says that GPUs up to 350 watts are supported). Again, this isn’t a major issue, and it’s a big improvement over the NUC 9 Extreme’s 500-watt power supply.

You can pre-order the new NUC 11 Extreme now, starting at the eye-popping price of $1,400. SimplyNUC says that supplies will start shipping this September. For those who already own a NUC 9 Extreme, Intel says its new NUC Element (the thing that holds the CPU and other components) is compatible with your system, though the upgrade will disable your NUC’s headphone jack.

Source: SimplyNUC via WCCFTech