Intel has announced new information about its forthcoming NUC X15 barebones laptops for PC makers. Likely, the new laptops will be powered by Intel’s 12th Generation Core Alder Lake processors and Intel’s own distinct Arc Alchemist GPUs, but the thing to note is the fact that NUC X15 will not use high-end or entry-level components. We first heard about “Alder County,” as the devices ‘ codenames are back in January.
In the end, Intel will launch the two basic NUC X15 model barebones that run on the identical Intel Core i7-12700H processor (six P-cores, eight E-cores with up to 4.70GHz 24MB cache, and 45W TDP); however, fitted with an Arc Alchemist A550M graphics processor with sixteen Xe cores as well as 8GB of memory (the LAPAC71G) or the Arc Alchemist A730M that has 32 Xe cores and 16GB of GDDR6 (the LAPAC71H) discrete graphics by an excerpt of an Intel document that was released through Twitter leaker @momomo_us.
The NUC X15 Barebones machines feature 2 M.2 slots to accommodate SSDs that have PCIe 4.0 interface and the Intel Wi-Fi 6 adapter, as well as a 2.5 GbE interface, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and an SDXC slot.
The Intel NUC laptops are usually targeted at various system integrators as well as suppliers (for example, we’ve looked at some of them via the Adata XPG brand), So the choice for the Core i7-level CPU in conjunction with the standard Arc A550M as well as the high-performance Arc A730M, the mainstream GPU, is justifiable. These integrators usually include faster memory, SSD drives, additional software, and other features, and Intel is likely not looking for pricing to be too high.
Yet, an Arcequipped equipped primary PC designed for gamers makes sense since it would enable Intel’s partners to target gamers. Based on Intel’s tests, it’s possible that the A770M could compete with Nvidia‘s RX 3060 mobile.
As documents relating to the NUC X15 laptop kit are available, the primary systems may be available shortly and be in stock in the fall.