Next-gen Intel NUC 11 Extreme spotted using TigerLake-U & GTX 1660 Ti (Notebook)

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Back in January 2020, FanlessTech released an exclusive article detailing upcoming plans for next generation intel NUC 11 lineup using 11th generation TigerLake mobile CPUs. The report included details for both the “standard” Panther Canyon as well as enthusiast-oriented Phantom Canyon counterpart.

According to FenlessTech, Phantom Canyon AKA NUC 11 Extreme is a new gaming-oriented NUC that will rock 28W Tiger Lake U-series processors (i5 and i7 options) and TBD 3rd party discrete graphics (with 6GB, 8GB graphics RAM).

Today, I’d like to shed some light on one of the 3rd party discrete graphics used in Phantom Canyon NUC.

3dmark Time Spy

Bellow is a 3dmark Time Spy run of said NUC 11 Extreme:

The test system uses a TigerLake-U engineering sample clocked at 2.3GHz base and 4.4GHz boost along side an 80W Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti (Notebook) and 8GB of RAM. The CPU score of 4590 points is just 160 points shy of the leaked “11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz” which is a great result for a 2.3GHz base ES chip. I believe this 2.3GHz ES is a 28W i5 sample.

While this is the first time we’ve see a TigerLake-U ES chip with working boost clock in a 3dmark benchmark, it’s not the first time we’ve see a TigerLake-U CPU + GTX 1660 Ti combo in the wild. Back in January 2020 I shared a Geekbech 4 Compute result featuring an early 1.8GHz TigerLake-U with the same GTX 1660 Ti.

Having such a hardware combo in only a 1.35L case could provide some serious gaming performance for the fans of small form factor PCs.

We still have to see what GPU Intel decides to use for higher-end config with 8GB of VRAM. My bet is on an 80W Nvidia 2070 Super Max-Q to keep similar power envelop to GTX 1660 Ti (Notebook).