Intel is formally taking the wraps off the primary member of their Raptor Lake-based NUC13 household right this moment. The NUC13 Excessive (just like the three earlier Excessive NUCs) caters to the avid gamers and content material creators requiring forefront efficiency and high-end discrete GPU assist. In contrast to the mainstream NUCs which have been constantly sustaining an ultra-compact form-factor profile, the Excessive household has slowly grown in measurement to accommodate flagship CPUs and discrete GPUs. These methods combine a motherboard in a PCIe add-in card kind issue (the Compute Aspect) and a baseboard that gives further performance with PCIe slots and different I/O options. As a refresher, Intel created the NUC Excessive class with the introduction of the Ghost Canyon NUC family in 2019. This was adopted by the Tiger Lake-based Beast Canyon NUC in 2021 and the Alder Lake-based Dragon Canyon NUC earlier this yr. The newest member of this household is right this moment’s introduction – the Raptor Canyon NUC primarily based on the Shrike Bay Compute Aspect.
The NUC Excessive household has grown in bodily footprint with every era, and the NUC13 Excessive is Intel’s greatest one but. Coming in at 317mm x 129mm x 337mm (13.7L), that is extra of a conventional tower desktop than the NUCs that the market has grown accustomed to. Nevertheless, this measurement has allowed Intel to combine flagship parts. The Shrike Bay Compute Aspect helps socketed LGA 1700 processors with a PL1 of 150W and PL2 of 250W (tau of 28s). The vertical centering of the baseboard inside the case permits loads of isolation between the Compute Aspect on the highest and the discrete GPU on the underside. Triple-slot dGPUs as much as 12.5″ in size are supported.
The NUC13 Excessive Package is available in three flavors, whereas the Shrike Bay Compute Aspect itself has six variations. These permit system integrators and OEMs to supply all kinds of methods focusing on completely different market segments. The desk beneath summarizes the important thing variations between the three NUC13 Excessive kits.
|Intel NUC13 Excessive Kits (Raptor Canyon)|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-13900K
Raptor Lake, 8P + 16E / 32T
5.8 GHz (Turbo) / 5.4 GHz (P) / 4.3 GHz (E)
125W TDP (As much as 253W)
|Intel Core i7-13700K
Raptor Lake, 8P + 8E / 24T
5.4 GHz (Turbo) / 5.3 GHz (P) / 4.2 GHz (E)
125W TDP (As much as 253W)
|Intel Core i5-13600K
Raptor Lake, 6P + 8E / 20T
5.1 GHz (Turbo) / 5.1 GHz (P) / 3.9 GHz (E)
125W TDP (As much as 181W)
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 770 (300 MHz – 1.65 GHz)||Intel UHD Graphics 770 (300 MHz – 1.60 GHz)||Intel UHD Graphics 770 (300 MHz – 1.50 GHz)|
|Reminiscence||2x DDR5-5600 SODIMMs
(as much as 64GB)
|Motherboard (Compute Aspect)||295.3mm x 136.5mm x 46.1mm (Customized)|
|Storage||1x CPU-attached PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 2280
1x PCH-attached PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 2242 / 2280
1x PCH-attached PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA M.2 2242 / 2280
2x SATA 6 Gbps (on baseboard)
|I/O Ports||2x USB4 / Thunderbolt 4 (Sort-C) (Rear)
6x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-A (Rear)
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-C (Entrance)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-A (Entrance)
|Networking||Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i
(2×2 802.11ax Wi-Fi inc. 6 GHz + Bluetooth 5.2 module)
1× 2.5 GbE port (Intel I226-V)
1x 10 GbE port (Marvell AQtion AQC113C)
|Show Outputs||2x DP 2.0 (1.4 licensed) (through Thunderbolt 4 Sort-C, iGPU)
1x HDMI 2.1 (as much as 4Kp60) (rear, iGPU)
|Audio / Codec||7.1 digital (over HDMI and Thunderbolt 4)
Realtek ALC1220 Analog Audio / Microphone / Speaker / Line-In 3.5mm (Rear)
USB Audio 3.5mm combo audio jack (Entrance)
Kensington lock with base safety
|Energy Provide||FSP750-27SCB 750W Inside PSU|
|Dimensions||337mm x 317mm x 129mm / 13.7L|
|Chassis Enlargement||One PCIe 5.0 x16 with triple-slot GPU assist as much as 317.5mm in size|
|Customizable RGB LED illumination on chassis underside
CEC assist for HDMI port
Energy LED ring in entrance panel
Every equipment SKU corresponds to a NUC13SBB Shrike Bay Compute Aspect. As well as, Intel can be readying the NUC13SBBi(9/7/5)F variants that include the KF processors – these Compute Components wouldn’t have any Thunderbolt 4 ports. The HDMI port / graphics outputs are additionally not current. The three KF SKUs additionally forsake the 10GbE port.
The block diagram beneath offers some insights into the design of the system in relation to the I/O capabilities. Word that the system continues to make use of the Z690 chipset that was seen within the Dragon Canyon NUC.
PCIe x16 bifurcation (x8 + x8) is feasible for the Gen 5 lanes. Nevertheless, the baseboard design within the Raptor Canyon NUC kits doesn’t assist it. That is one more side that OEMs might use to distinguish their Shrike Bay-based methods from the NUC13 Excessive.
Intel has offered us with a pre-production engineering pattern of the flagship Raptor Canyon NUC (augmented with an ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3080Ti GPU) for overview, and it’s at present being put by way of the paces. The 150W PL1 and microarchitectural advances in Raptor Lake have ensured that the benchmark scores are off the charts in comparison with the earlier NUC Excessive fashions, albeit at the price of considerably larger energy consumption. On the economic design facet, I’ve been very impressed. By eschewing a flowery chassis and choosing a easy cuboid, Intel has ensured that each one the I/O ports are simply accessible, set up of parts is pretty easy, and cable administration is massively simplified. The elevated dimensions of the chassis are nicely value these benefits over the earlier NUC Excessive fashions. Keep tuned for a complete overview later this week.