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Intel has announced the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit. Code-named Serpent Canyon and featuring the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors, this is the first NUC from the company to feature Arc A-series graphics in the form of the Intel Arc A770M GPU. The new Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit are expected to be available starting in late September, with prices ranging from $1,180 to $1,350, depending on the configuration.

  • Support for up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4 memory
  • Three M.2 PCIe slots, including two Gen4 NVMe slots
  • Two Thunderbolt 4 ports and six USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (Type-A)
  • Fast connection with Intel i225-LM 2.5Gbps Ethernet, Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i and Bluetooth5.2
  • HDMI 2.1 TMDS-compatible port (up to 4K60)
  • Two DisplayPort 2.0 (1.4-certified) ports

“The Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Kit is one of the most exciting NUC’s to launch because it’s the first to pair an Intel processor with discrete Intel graphics,” said Brian McCarson, Intel vice president and general manager of the NUC Group.

“The system provides a strong combination of high performance in content creation and gaming usages, and wide array of I/O – typically found in larger systems – all in a small form-factor design. More importantly, this NUC features helpful technologies like Intel Thread Director and Intel Deep Link that make it perfect for anyone trying to create and game in the convenience of a truly compact design.”

From an Intel press release:

Today, Intel announced the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Mini PC and Kit (code-named Serpent Canyon). Designed for gamers and content creators, the compact mini-PC is built to include Intel Arc graphics in the smallest form factor. The NUC 12 Enthusiast features the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors and is the first Intel NUC to include Intel Arc A-series graphics in the form of the Intel Arc A770M graphics processing unit (GPU).

Featuring an Intel Arc A770M GPU with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM, Intel Arc graphics elevates gaming performance with a new microarchitecture optimized for gaming and the latest visual technologies, including AI-enhanced upscaling, real-time ray tracing and full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate.

By combining Intel Arc graphics with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H mobile processor with Intel’s performance hybrid architecture, the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast Kit delivers all the performance and innovative capabilities users need in an ultra-compact, 2.5L form factor.

The NUC 12 Enthusiast also brings Intel Deep Link to the desktop for the first time, enabling both the CPU and GPU to seamlessly work together to boost performance across a variety of workloads.

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