Intel has officially confirmed plans to release its NUC10 ‘Frost Canyon’ ultra-compact form-factor PCs with mobile Comet Lake processors. The main selling point of the systems will be CPUs with up to six x86 cores as well as support for up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, offering the laptop platform in a pint-sized desktop form factor.

Intel’s NUC 10 ‘Frost Canyon’ lineup is based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core i3-10110U/i5-10210U/i7-10710U processors with two, four, or six cores, as well as UHD Graphics. The NUC family will include three base versions: the slim NUC10FNK with an M.2 slot for SSDs, the taller NUC10FNH with a 2.5-inch bay and an M.2 slot, as well as the NUC10FNB motherboard enabling third parties to build clones of the Frost Canyon in different chassis. In total, Intel will offer over 20 different NUC 10 SKUs (PCs, kits, boards), offering different specifications, level of performance and pricing. All systems will use CPUs featuring a configurable TDP-up of 25 W and therefore the processors will work at higher Turbo clocks all the time granted that they will be cooled using an active cooling system.

The Intel NUC 10 platform will have a Thunderbolt 3 port controlled by Intel’s Titan Ridge chip, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports, GbE, HDMI, and the usual audio connectors. As an added bonus, the Frost Canyon NUC PCs are also equipped with far-field microphones supporting Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana assistants.

With rather powerful processors and sophisticated connectivity, Intel’s Frost Canyon UCFF PCs look very potent for various applications except gaming as Intel’s UHD Graphics can barely satisfy those who play demanding titles. Good news is that the systems feature a Thunderbolt 3 port that can be used to connect an external graphics box, but the latter tend to be rather expensive.

Intel’s NUC 10 will be available in the coming weeks. Prices have not yet been published.

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Source: Intel (Thanks to SH for the tip)

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  • smilingcrow - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    I'm sure that there are organisations or individuals that can trump Intel's woes.
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    Huh? why would you need HDMI 2.0 in a NUC. You clearly don't understand the target audience for these. lol
  • azfacea - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    apart from you being the one who doesnt really understand NUCs, the situation isnt any better for any other comet like CPUs
  • nandnandnand - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    4K 60 Hz TVs are cheap, and even Raspberry Pi 4 has HDMI 2.0. You may be a head case, lol.
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, November 22, 2019 - link

    Isn't HDMI 2.0 required to play UHD 4k discs?
  • dullard - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    I'm honestly ignorant about HDMI. Figure 3 above states that the NUC has HDMI 2.0b through the LSPCON chip. What does it matter if it is directly through the iGPU or through LSPCON? Is there an actual difference to the end user? Or is it just the few dollars for the chip that concerns you?
  • timecop1818 - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    That's because the CPU/GPU doesn't have HDMI2 and that's a good thing - it's inferior to Displayport in every way AND requires licensing fees per unit to implement.

    Displayport is open, royalty free, and superior. Besides, this particular NUC has HDMI 2 via converter IC, why do you care if it comes from gpu direct vs converter?
  • Xyler94 - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    Does anyone know if Intel plans to release a NUC with Ice Lake? I'm actually interested in one of those as a potential HTPC, especially if Steam in-home streaming works well with it.
  • Der Keyser - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    That’s a pretty good question that I would like to hear the answer to as well. I don’t get why all the fuss is about Comet Lake when it’s Ice lake that is far more interesting. I can live with “only” four cores, but I cannot live with that crappy UHD graphics. A 25w TDP Ice Lake G7 processor would be pretty interesting in one of these small NUC’s
  • Der Keyser - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    Specifically the i7-1068G7 would be a VERY interesting NUC CPU :-)

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