Intel has already showcased its Jasper Lake processors in the entry-level Pentium and Celeron processors at CES 2021 which took place during the month of January. According to Intel, these teams were primarily aimed at the education market and Google’s Chromebooks, and they said later they would release a more powerful lineup which is exactly what has just been filtered out now, with processors up to now. ‘with 4 cores but keeping the same consumption before.< /p>
The Intel NUC 11 Essential, now with Jasper Lake
The Intel NUC 11 Essential line of mini-PCs with Jasper Lake processors is codenamed Atlas Canyon; These systems are not expected to be available until at least the first quarter of 2022 (which actually still needs a lot of time until then and we can find a lot of changes on what we’re going to tell you now, so take this information with a grain of salt for now), but the news is the huge leap in performance they’re going to make by then.
We are faced with mini PCs with only 10 watts of processor consumption that will carry three different processor models: Pentium Silver J6005, Celeron J5105 (quad-core) and Celeron J4505 (dual-core). These processors support up to 16GB of 2933MHz dual-channel DDR4 memory, and a major design change is that they no longer have a 2.5-inch drive bay, so that they will only support storage in M.2 format and built-in eMMC (something confirmed in the specifications of some SKUs).
In terms of integrated graphics, unfortunately we won’t find an Xe architecture on board just yet, although it is true that this is one of the potential changes we can find between now and its launch at the start of this month. next year. Jasper Lake has Intel UHD (Gen11) graphics with clock speeds of up to 900 MHz, and they don’t have an HDMI 2.1 output.
Specifications for upcoming Intel NUC mini-PCs
As we have already said, we will find three options in terms of processor:
- Pentium Silver J6005 (NUC11ATKPE) at 3.3 GHz (4C / 4T)
- Celeron J5105 (NUC11ATKC4) at 2.9 GHz (4C / 4T)
- Celeron J4505 (NUC11ATKC2) at 2.7 GHz (2C / 2T)
They will support up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM at 2933 Mhz, and it should be understood that these are two memory modules in SO-DIMM format. As for the video outputs, we will find an HDMI 2.0b and a DisplayPort 1.4 with support for HDCP 2.2, so they will be compatible with up to two monitors of 4K resolution simultaneously.
As for storage, we will only find the option of adding SSDs in M.2 2280 format, compatible with NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 protocol, although some SKUs have eMMC on-board memory. Of course, we will find a Gigabit network card with RJ-45 port and built-in WiFi 6 AX101 + Bluetooth 5.2 in the form of an included expansion card.
As for prices, for now they are to be confirmed, but they should be roughly in the same price range as the current generations of Intel NUC.