The 12th generation of Core chips is among us and that’s a good reason for Intel to update its line of mini gaming PCs: the NUC 12 Extreme “Dragon Canyon” was unveiled this week. The novelty preserves the “box” format, but can now be equipped with the powerful Core i9-12900.
At first glance, the NUC 12 Extreme resembles a UPS or a stabilizer, but the truth is that this box is a complete gaming PC or as complete as a 35.7 x 18.9 x 12 cm case allows it to be.
This confusion may exist because NUCs are little known in Brazil. Acronym for Next Unit of Computing, this type of PC was developed by Intel as a compact and more practical alternative to traditional desktops.
Compared to the previous generation, the NUC 11 Extreme, the Dragon Canyon version brings almost no visual changes. Even the skull-shaped LED on the front has been retained.
Not to say that there are no changes to the case, the previous version has two USB Type-A (conventional) ports on the front; the NUC 12 Extreme exchanges one of them for a USB-C port.