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Intel NUC 11 Extreme 'Beast Canyon' now up for pre-order

by Mark Tyson on 23 July 2021, 11:11

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Intel previewed its NUC 11 Extreme Kit Beast Canyon SFF PC at Computex at the end of May. Now it has announced that it is (almost) available to configure and purchase as pre-orders go live at various retailers. If you live in the US or the UK (perhaps other regions too) you can pre-order currently via specialist retailer SimplyNUC, which offers Intel Core i9-11900KB and Core i7-11700B-based options – both those processors are 8C/16T, there will be no Core i5 version.

Intel's new Beast Canyon is somewhat larger than last year's Extreme NUC, at 8 litres vs 5 litres. However, the extra capacity affords users a broader GPU choice, which must be welcomed right now, with the Intel NUC 11 Extreme ready for GPUs up to 12-inches / 300mm in length. Previously, users had to hunt around for 8-inch or 20cm AICs. Similarly, the PSU has been upgraded from 500 to 650W with the latest compact NUC PC from Intel.

Simply NUC is offering the two configurations (11th gen Core i9 and i7) mentioned above, ready to roll but without any GPU pre-installed – using the on-board iGPU for graphics output duties. The retailer says that the machines are ready for cards "with performance levels up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080," and the spec sheet suggests that 350W is the max AIC power consumption supported.

The pre-build configurations are rather anaemic. As standard, they come with just 8GB of RAM, 256GB NVMe SSDs, with a "free OS installation" service. When you click through to the pre-order page you can configure them with up to 64GB of RAM, triple 8TB SSDs, a choice of GeForce RTX 3060 Ti or RTX 3070 (at inflated prices, not MSRPs), and with other AIC, OS choice, expansion and peripheral options. Standard connectivity includes; six USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports on its rear, alongside Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the rear - two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports and an SDXC card slot on the front.

Intel NUC 11 Extreme shipments are expected to start in September. You can see the base prices in the screenshot above.

Intel Q2 2021 earnings

Intel published its second-quarter 2021 earnings news release and presentation last night. An executive summary slide is reproduced below, highlighting revenue, IDM 2.0 progress and momentum, and a progress report on technological execution.

Some of the key things looked for by investors for a positive day ahead are a company beating expectations, which Intel has done in revenue and EPS terms, and some positive forward-looking indicators. Prospects look decent with semiconductor demand showing no signs of slowing down, a new major cloud customer signing for IDM 2.0 services, and while Intel is down 9 per cent YoY in the client CPU race – it is up 16 per cent QoQ. Intel has managed to sidestep the substrate shortages with good control of its supply chains – an IDM advantage.

Impressively, Intel has brought down 10nm wafer costs by 45 per cent YoY, its 10nm volume has surpassed 14nm ahead of schedule, with 50 million Tiger Lake chips shipped and millions of Alder Lake chips expected to ship before 2021 is out.

Another thing you can see on the latest balance sheet is that Pat Gelsinger has, despite revenue being flat, pumped up investment in R&D by 11 per cent YoY.

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No comments from the “AMD is winning, Intel is dead” crowd…ROFL. Jeez, after 4yrs Intel NET still the same. $21B/yr AMD, wake up and charge more, they just bought your 3nm wafers and already killed your warhol 6nm with gpus. I think Pat made it part of his contract to buy up all 3nm or he wouldn't sign. You'd want that secret…LOL. Cook made a mistake passing on batch2 and lost 3nm macs next year now 4nm. I guess he couldn't make millions of mac gpus and iphones. Their recent iphone order 100m units!? That is a lot of wafers, so I guess it makes sense the had to move from 3nm to 4nm if Intel is in there big at all early on. Apple is shipping ~7mil macs per Q now for last 3Q's. Those are larger than an iphone soc surely (IE, m1 is 120mm^2 vs 88 for A14 IIRC, no idea of M2 yet). I guess apple didn't get enough 3nm for macs.

Do you get it people, in one move, Pat hurt AMD/NV and apple (qcom too maybe as everyone re-jockeys for other stuff). I hope he bought up 3nm for 18mo if only to flood the market with 3nm gpus with all the wafers left after flooding mobile/server first. They have 100% of the discrete market to take with 3nm. They can ONLY gain share and make gamers happy and even put many more chiplets or a large die chip just to waste wafers and really make a PERF mark out of the gates (well 6nm probably coming first I guess). Sell them ALL direct and limit 1/household/visa etc and price it like a KING (think Titans+ HEDT gpus)! Make it easy for gamers to get them and miners to be unable to buy more than one for the most part and only sell to USA/Brits/Aus for a year. :) That should more than cover it as I don't think the 1st year would be enough to take more than ~1/3 the market. Then again, who knows the size of the chips so, math could be all over the place. IE, 30K wafers 1st batch/mo, then 2022 scales up to 50K monthly, then 2023 105K monthly (digitimes said it). Not sure WHEN they hit that during those years, or if they literally mean Jan 2022 50K, jan 2023 105k etc.

But for 5nm they said, 4thQ 2020 was 90K, 2021 H1 105K, H2 2021 120K, 2022 160K wafers/mo. So it takes years to get to max on a process overall before being taken over again by the next one. This is just like watching Tesla go from thousands of cars this TTM to million, then millions (million more yearly as 6 gigafabs ramp?), then 1/2 the USA market probably in ~6yrs and bankrupting many companies along the way…LOL. Just saying, he's a manufacturer not a car maker (Elon said it). Batteries, sats, etc etc can come off those lines. ~28 more gigafabs being considered? Just some useful numbers for people to ponder (chips and cars etc…LOL). Night reading about over…
^ Now THAT was a rant.