Intel has released the NUC 13 Extreme – codenamed ‘Raptor Canyon’ – which is its most powerful mini PC to date. The new Raptor Canyon PC will offer 13th generation Core CPUs and space for up to 12-inch graphics cards with three slots. The mini-kit is aimed at enthusiastic gamers and content creators who want to organize their tables.
The Raptor Canyon chassis has been redesigned to reduce noise and optimize airflow, while maintaining the compact size characteristic of the NUC series. We are sad to see the iconic RGB skull faceplate let this new tower pc even though a smaller skull design can now be found inside.
The new gaming NUC features unlocked 13th Gen i9, i7 or i5 processors that employ a new hybrid core architecture to try to make streaming and gaming run at the highest possible levels. The highest spec model includes the blazingly fast Intel Core i9-13900K.
The Intel NUC 13 Extreme will launch in China first, with availability to a wider audience in early 2023. Kit prices start at $760 (about £667 or AU$1,180) for the base i5 model and go up to $760 (about £667 or AU$1,180) for the base i5 model. 1,179 (about £1,030 or AU$1,830) depending on which setup you’re after.
Review: NUCs are a great gateway to building PCs for beginners
Intel NUCs give people who may not be confident of building their own gaming PC a smaller, less complex screen. That’s why they’re so cool. They’re a great choice for people like us who don’t have a lot of table space and don’t need something especially expensive.
Since the Intel NUC 13 Extreme supports 12-inch graphics cards with three slots, you can buy a new GPU or slot on an older card and upgrade when you have the cash. However, don’t expect to fit any rugged RTX 3090 Ti or 4090 models inside. You’ll also need an SSD and some RAM, but luckily those aren’t that expensive.
The hybrid core architecture we mentioned above is a nifty technology that is new to 13th-gen processors that split cores into two halves: performance cores and efficient cores. P-cores are there to handle the heavy workload, the main thing you’re running on your PC – like a game or a feature-rich program. Meanwhile, E-cores are optimized to handle background processes.
So let’s say you have a game running on one monitor, but a music player or Discord chat is open on another, your processor isn’t trying to focus and control both workloads on its own. This is a boon for streamers in particular, as E-cores can keep your streaming software running smoothly in the background, while P-cores deliver optimal gaming performance.