The Intel NUC mini is an attractive product line and models are getting richer, from high-end to entry-level full coverage, but not much will change this year and next. The top-of-the-line Ghost Canyon, also known as NUC 9 Extreme, features a desktop-class nine-generation Core K series, but there won’t be an upgrade until the end of 2021.
Although Ten Core has been released and the 11th generation codenamed Rocket Lake is expected to be available by the end of this year and early next year, Intel does not plan to put them in the NUC.
The second-highest-ranked Hades Canyon, or NUC 8 Extreme, is now powered by an eight-generation Core Special, codenamed Kaby Lake-G, with an AMD Vega GPU with a thermal design power of 100W/65W.
At the end of this year, we’re going to have “Hades Follow On” to upgrade to the 11th generation Core Low Power Edition, codenamed Tiger Lake-U, and should be the most advanced version of 28W, while the graphics card is only a third party, but it doesnot specify, do not know whether amdwill will be used again?
It is worth mentioning that the volume of the new machine will increase from 1.2 liters to 1.35 liters, and the power consumption of the processor itself is greatly reduced, apparently leaving plenty of room for discrete graphics cards.
The Tiger Lake-U series will incorporate the upgraded 10nm plus process, integrating the new Willow Cove CPU architecture, Gen12 Xe GPU architecture, and has previously seen i7-1185G7, i7-1165G7 and other models, resulting in a significant increase in nuclear performance.