Intel NUC 11 Extreme: There is a reason it’s code-named Beast Canyon!

August 1, 2021

Intel’s just-announced NUC 11 Extreme Kit has a humble enough objective, to scale gaming peaks few desktops would fear to tread.

Today, Intel announced the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit (code-named “Beast Canyon”), a highly modular desktop PC engineered to provide a phenomenal experience for gaming, streaming and recording. With the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors, support for full-size discrete graphics cards and a full range of I/O ports, the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit delivers high performance gameplay and smooth, immersive visuals.

Intel’s vision for a world where desktop computers can be both powerful and tiny is slowly coming into focus, and the NUC 11 Extreme could well be the best example of that, right down to the LED skull along the front panel.

The highest-performing Intel NUC [‘next unit of computing’] yet delivers a premium and size-optimized PC package for creating innovative desktops suited to gamers’ unique performance needs. Packing the latest hardware components into a tiny 8-liter case, the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit is loaded with features typically found in much larger gaming rigs and offers customizable design options.

The sky’s the limit with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9 processor featuring eight cores, 16 threads, and up to 5.0 GHz frequency. Kits are also available with an unlocked  Intel 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. Additional features include:

  • Two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Intel Wi-Fi 6E, a 2.5-gigabit Intel Ethernet port, and a 650-watt internal power supply.
  • Customize with a full-size discrete graphics card, up to 64 gigabytes of dual-channel memory and massive storage options thanks to four M.2 slots.
  • Hinged chassis lid for easier upgrading.
  • Three large 92mm fans keep things cool and quiet during hours of heated gameplay.
  • RGB under-chassis lighting and replaceable RGB front logo means each kit can have its own signature design inside and out.

The new Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kits are expected to be available starting in 2021’s third quarter, with more rolling out through the end of this year. Pricing starts at $1,150 to $1,350 for Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i9 kits, respectively.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.