Intel’s NUC line of compact computers have included “gaming” models with discrete-class graphics baked in. But the upcoming “Quartz Canyon” model will be the first of Intel’s mini PCs with a slot that lets you add your own graphics card.

But it’s not really aimed at gamers — the Intel Quartz Canyon NUC is basically a compact workstation PC. In addition to supporting discrete graphics, it will feature Intel Xeon E or 9th-gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor options.

Intel hasn’t announced pricing or release details yet, but FanlessTech noticed that Russian website Softline has posted a brochure with some key details about the new NUC.

The Quartz Canyon NUC also features dual Thunderbolt ports, 802.11ax WiFi, and an internal 500W power supply capable of keeping everything going.

While exact dimensions aren’t given, the computer looks larger than most NUC systems to date… but still small by traditional desktop PC standards.

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6 replies on “Intel Quartz Canyon NUC will support Xeon chips, discrete graphics”

  1. Is it just me or does this Quartz Canyon NUC look like it’s just an ITX board in a custom layout case similar to what the Dan A4 case does? I’ll bet it even has a reversed riser card assembly for the PCIe slot. With the Internal PSU. this is looking more and more like Intel wants to get into the boutique mini-gaming computer market, but they don’t want to spend money on designing custom form factors.

  2. If this is what you want, just get an Airtop-PC from Compulab. The design is well proven. Support is great. This is going to be a niche business for Intel. I don’t expect them to support it very well.

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