The official specifications for Intel’s next NUC have been confirmed courtesy of a promo sheet shared by FanlessTech that details its processor options, including graphics, SSDs, and other key features. Enthusiasts who wish to step up to the new NUC 12 code named “Serpent Canyon” will be able to choose from at least two CPU options, including the Core i7-12700H, which is coupled with discrete GPUs with either 16 GB or 12 GB of GDDR6 memory. Ongoing rumors would suggest that these are the Arc A770M and A730M, respectively, with the 8 GB option for the Core i5-12500H configuration being the A550M. Other highlights of the new NUC 12 include up to 64 GB of dual channel DDR4-3200 memory, PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and an RGB-backlit logo. Intel previously announced the NUC 12 Extreme and NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element in February, a highly modular desktop PC kit that features the latest 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and has enough capacity for full-size, 12-inch discrete graphics cards. Pricing for those range from $1,150 to $1,450 for the Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i9 versions, respectively. A series of official promotional images for the Serpent Canton were leaked on Baidu earlier this month.
The leaked specsheet does not directly refer to the discrete GPUs being used by this device, but it was already confirmed that these are Intel’s own Arc processors. Listed memory configurations for discrete GPUs indicate Arc A770M (16GB), A730M (12GB) and A550M (8GB), all of which feature high-end ACM-G10 GPU.
It is further confirmed that Serpent Canyon will be the first NUC to feature DisplayPort 2.0, a new display connectivity technology that has only made a debut with desktop Arc A380 graphics by GUNNIR. Unfortunately there are still no DP2.0 displays available on the market. Similarly to GUNNIR card, this NUC 12 also appears to be limited to HDMI 2.0b, which is unfortunate, considering there are many HDMI 2.1 monitors and TV already available.