This week at CES 2021, Intel launched its 11th-generation NUC mini-PCs and kits. The launch comes about a month later than usual, but each includes 11th-generation Core chipsets with UHD or Iris X/Xe graphics and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
New versions include:
NUC 11 Pro. This smallest and most affordable NUC is powered by the full range of 11th-generation Intel Core chipset with Intel Iris X graphics, with select models offering vPro capabilities for businesses. It supports one 8K display or two 4K displays and has two Thunderbolt/USB4 ports, two HDMI 2.0b ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, three USB-A 3.2 ports, and one USB-A 2.0 port. The base Core i3 model supports up to 16 GB of RAM, but other models can be expanded to 64 GB. Larger case models support two Ethernet ports and a 2.5-inch drive bay for an SSD or HDD drive.
NUC 11 Performance. Similar to the NUC 11 Pro but available in three case sizes, the NUC 11 Performance offers Intel Iris Xe graphics and a Fast Charging non-slip lid on some models.
NUC 11 Enthusiast. The most powerful NUC models are powered by the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics and come in a bigger and more aggressive case that can be used upright or laying flat. They support up to 64 GB of RAM and are Intel Optane H10 and H20 ready. Ports include one HDMI 2.0b port, one miniDisplay 1.4 port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one 2.5 GB Ethernet port, six USB-A 3.2 ports, one SDXC slot.
I’m still trying to get a handle on pricing and availability, but given that my previous-generation NUC was destroyed by lightning, I’ll be looking to pick one up soon if possible.
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