Intel’s Wall Street Canyon NUC Wants To Take On Apple’s Mac Studio
According to leaked information, Intelis launching a new NUC device. It will most likely target Apple Mac Studio. NUC stands to represent the “Next Unit of Computing,” and these devices, according to Intel, deliver desktop-level performance in a minor factor. The Intel NUC devices are desktop computers that can be upgraded to add RAM or storage.
Mini-PCs are very popular with tech enthusiasts. There are already tons of pre-built mini-ITX models on the market. The unique feature that Intel NUCs have is their custom-designed motherboard. All the essential components are soldered on. The ‘Phantom Canyon Intel NUC last year featured an Intel 11th Gen Core CPU i7-1165G7 quad-core CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 128GB NVMe SSD. It also included an Nvidia GeForce GTX 2060 Max P GPU. The best thing about Intel’s chassis is its ability to pack all of these components in sizes as large as a desktop-grade RTX2060 graphics card.
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Like most Apple devices, Intel NUC computers can be upgraded by users. Two M.2 slots are available for SSDs, and two SODIMM slots to add more RAM. These features make Intel NUC devices very popular. The following Intel NUC device could be on the horizon. A recent posting by user Someone’s Vest shows that the next Intel NUC codenamed “Wall Street Canyon” will be a powerful and small PC and could challenge Apple’s newly launched Mac Studio.
Intel Wall Street Canyon NUC Specifications Leaked
According to leaked information, the device’s official name is likely to be Intel NUC Studio 12 Pro. The motherboard will be based on the NUC 4X4 design and allow users to select between five Alder Lake P CPUs. These include the Core Core i7-1270P without vPro Core i7-1260P with vPro Core i5-1240P Core Core i3-1220P. Similar to last year’s model, the NUC will have SODIMM slots and M.2 slots that can be used for storage and memory upgrades. Several benchmarks were also provided by the leaker from the engineering sample.
The Intel Core i7-1260P ES chip performed well in the benchmarks despite not being a production sample. Cinebench R20 scores for the Core i7-1260P were around 5000. This is relatively high. 3D Mark’s Fire Strike and Time Spy were other benchmarks in which the Intel Xe graphic chip scored 4660 and 1872, respectively. Intel seems to have reduced fan noise, probably due to an improved cooling system. The NUC mini-PC will also have a variety of I/O ports, including Thunderbolt 4, USB Type-A, HDMI, Ethernet, DisplayPort, and many others. According to the leak, Intel’s new Xe graphics processor can run Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 28FPS with Full HD resolution at the lowest graphic preset.
Apple’s Mac Studio is still ahead of the Intel NUC Studio 12 Pro leak in terms of performance. NUCs can surpass Mac Studio inaccessibility due to their user upgradability options. A Mac Studio can be upgraded to 2TB SSD storage for $600 more than its base price. An Intel NUC upgrade would be much cheaper. The pricing information for the Wall Street Canyon NUC upgrade is not yet available, but Intel will likely provide these details in the next few months.