Intel's next-gen Serpent Canyon NUC leaked with Arc A770M GPU

Tudor Cibean

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In a nutshell: Intel's upcoming Serpent Canyon NUC will supposedly cram a Core i7-12700H CPU and the company's highest-end mobile GPU, the Arc A770M, into a 2.5-liter body. While pricing remains unknown, NUCs are usually more expensive than similarly-specced custom small form factor (SFF) PCs.

According to a new leak, the next-gen successor to Intel's Phantom Canyon NUC is right around the corner. The Intel NUC 12, codenamed Serpent Canyon, will be significantly smaller than the company's NUC 12 Extreme kit launched earlier this year.

Serpent Canyon will come equipped with a Core i7-12700H CPU featuring six P-cores and eight E-cores, and an Arc A770M GPU, Intel's flagship mobile card. At least in the CPU department, that's a massive upgrade compared to its predecessor, which uses a four-core i7-1165G7 and an Nvidia RTX 2060.

However, these improved specs require more cooling, with the leaker estimating Serpent Canyon's chassis to be about 2.5 liters. That's almost twice the size of Phantom Canyon but still more compact than most SFF PCs.

The NUC 12 also features some impressive connectivity for such a tiny machine. On the front panel, there's an SDXC card slot with support for the UHS-II standard, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a couple of USB 3.2 Type-A connectors, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. On the back, there are another four USB Type-A connectors, a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a 3.5mm combo jack, an HDMI 2.1 port, and two DisplayPort 2.0 outputs.

We don't have an exact release date and price for Intel's upcoming Serpent Canyon NUC, but its predecessor starts at $1,399 for the barebones kit (without RAM and an SSD).

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Huh. That's one thing I never considered until now: Those NUC devices are always pretty interesting for small form factor enthusiasts so I'd be a real shame if they lost popularity because of being quite frankly crippled by those intel GPUs.

Maybe they won't push it as much but I hope they can at least release the version where they put all the computer parts inside a PCI-E form factor and sell it with just a daughter board so you can bring your own GPU and case solutions, that'd be nice at least.

Or better yet maybe AMD can start experimenting more with this types of small form factor first party products. Ryzen embedded has updates announced iirc but afaik its just the chip and everything else is up to the AIB partners and integrators but the NUC line I always considered a very solid, if premium priced choice.