Intel officially launched its new NUC 13 Extreme Kit, which was originally codenamed Raptor Canyon. As per the lineup’s name, the new computing module revolves around the chipmaker’s newest Raptor Lake CPU lineup.
Just like previous generation NUCs, Intel’s NUC 13 Extreme Kits will house a 13th generation Intel Core desktop CPU, as well as have space allocated for desktop graphics cards that are at least 30.5cm in length and triple-slot in width.
On a related note, the Compute Element of the NUC 13 Extreme Kits will have three flavours of CPUs to choose from, starting from the Core i5-13600K, then the Core i7-13700K, and finally, the Core i9-13900K. We won’t go into too much detail about the specifications of each CPUs, as we’ve already reviewed two of them. Simply put, the new processors are still based on the chipmaker’s self-named Intel 7 process but its P-Cores are now the new and improved Raptor Cove cores, and have practically double the number of E-Cores over its Alder Lake predecessors. Moreover, the boost clock of all three CPUs sit comfortably above the 5GHz threshold, with the top-tier SKU capable of ramping up to 5.8GHz.
Then as now, the heart of the kit features a slot-powered, “cabless” module, that also houses support for up to 64GB of DDR5-5600 SODIMM RAM, a PCIe Gen5 x16 interface, Intel 2.5GbE and 10GbE LAN, Itell Killer Wi-Fi 6E, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a healthy dose of USB 3.2 Gen2 ports.
For power, all variants of the NUC 13 Extreme Kits are fitted with a 750W, fully modular, 80+ Gold small form factor (SFX) PSU, which should technically be sufficient for most graphics cards on the current market. In terms of availability, the kits are expected to be available on a global level sometime between the fourth quarter of 2022 and early 2023. As for pricing, they will range between US$1179 (~RM5551) and US$1549 (~RM7293) for the kits, and between US$760 (~RM3578) and US$1100 (~RM5179) for the Compute Elements.
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