Enter The Beast Canyon With The Intel NUC Extreme 11

Source: KitGuru Enter The Beast Canyon With The Intel NUC Extreme 11

This NUC Can Fit A Plus Sized GPU

When Intel’s NUC first hit the market, it offered decent performance in a tiny shell but it wasn’t really worth gaming on one of the Atom or Celeron based model.   We are now on the 11th generation of NUC and how things have changed, with larger and more powerful versions appearing in conjunction with tiny, moderately powerful models.

Tweaktown tested the he NUC11BTMi9 model of the NUC 11 Extreme, which ships with the i9-11900KB, 16GB of DDR4-3200 from HyperX and a Rocket NVMe 4 SSD, in a case somewhat similar to Cooler Master’s NR200.  The storage system can be expanded thanks to four M.2 ports, you can also increase the memory up to 64GB and install a GPU of up to 12″ in length.  The back panel offers two Thunderbolt 4 ports, eight USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, Wi-Fi 6e, and 2.5Gbe LAN port as well.

For their testing TT tossed in an ASUS RTX 3060 and compared it to the NUC 11 Enthusiast, NUC 11 Pro and the NUC M15 laptop.  The results speak for themselves, this is one powerful little machine.  Tweaktown saw no thermal throttling, with most components running well under their peak temperatures.  As far as pricing goes, you can expect to pay about $1150 for the Core i7 SKU, or around $1350 for the Core i9.  The i5 models are 45W TDP, while the i7 and i9 models are both 65W processors.

Hopefully Intel will offer the choice to purchase a GPU at the same time, otherwise you might be stuck until you can find a GPU for sale near MSRP somewhere.

Intel pulls out all the stops for what its best small form factor NUC ever, the NUC11BTMi9 NUC 11 Extreme "Beast Canyon".

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  1. collie man

    I’m supprized you didn’t mention the total wattage of each unit, the NUCs were once apon a time all about that tdp, are these actualy low electricity high power or did that just go out the window?

    • Jeremy Hellstrom

      most 65W with a few 45W i5’s. Suppose I could add that.

  2. Josh

    Little disappointed no card… The cards are too hard to find for me to care about a fancy case


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