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Intel NUC Dragon Canyon (NUC12DCM)


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Intel's Dragon Canyon is one of the latest entries to their "NUC" line of small form factor (SFF) computers. That name stands for "Next Unit of Computing", and is a family of barebones systems that Intel has been offering for several years. What makes this particular model unique, however, is that it's one of the first to support high performance video cards. That means it isn't quite as compact as previous versions - but it is still far smaller than tower workstations or even most ITX-based SFF chassis.

Internally, the Dragon Canyon NUC uses an Intel 12th Gen Core processor and supports one PCIe x16 video card (with some size limitations), multiple M.2 NVMe SSDs, and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. External ports on the rear include one HDMI 2.0b (for use with the on-chip Intel graphics), two Thunderbolt 4, six USB 3.2, and 10Gb Ethernet. On the front there is another USB port, a SD card reader, and a headphone / speaker jack. WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are also present for wireless connectivity.
William George (Product Development)
William George (Product Development) Says:
While it fits a normal desktop-class CPU, this system is limited to 65W (or lower) models. Similarly, the video card support here is much better than previous NUCs - but it is still somewhat restricted on dimensions, so not all graphics cards will fit. Those limitations will govern what configuration options we are able to offer, but even then these will still be quite powerful workstations for their size!
Ben Nelson (Product Development Manager)
Ben Nelson (Product Development Manager) Says:
This portable, small form factor system has a lot to be desired as far as compatibility and modern connections fare. However, not having traditional audio ports on the back NUC could take users for surprise. For anyone not wanting or able to utilize digital audio from the onboard HDMI or the front stereo port, consider an HDMI, USB, or stereo converter like the links from Amazon below:
HDMI to 3.5mm
USB to 3.5mm
TRRS splitter
Model: Intel NUC12DCMi9

Socket  1700
CPU Compatibility  Intel Core i9 12900 2.4GHz (3.8-5.1GHz Turbo) 16 Core 65W
Form Factor  Other
Chipset Manufacturer  Intel
Chipset  Z690
Front Side Bus  DMI 4.0
Network Connectivity  10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e
Network Controller  Marvell AQC113 + Intel I225-V + Intel AX211
Audio Controller  Intel HD Audio
Cooling System  Heatsink and Fan
Number of Fans  4
Color  Black
Memory Support
Maximum Speed  3200 MHz
Number of Slots  2
Maximum Size per Slot  32 GB
Maximum Amount Supported  64 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset Manufacturer  Intel
Processor Type  Intel UHD Graphics 770
Maximum HDMI Resolution   4096x2160
HDMI Version  2.0
Notes:  2x Thunderbolt 4 Outputs
External Connections
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1)  7
USB 3.2 Type C  1
Audio Out  Stereo
Audio In  Line-In/Microphone
LAN (RJ45)  2
Wireless Antenna Port  Yes
Memory Card Reader  SDXC w/ UHS-II
Thunderbolt Ports  2
Thunderbolt Version  4
Internal Connections
USB 2.0  1 (providing 2 ports)
M.2 Connector  3
M.2 Support  3x 60-80mm NVMe (Gen 4)
Expansion Slots
Slot 1  PCI Express 5.0 x16
Additional Information
SLI Compatible  No
Crossfire Compatible  No
Bluetooth  Yes (5.2)
Integrated IO Shield  Yes
BIOS Features
OC Profiles  No
Height  189 mm (7.4 in)
Width  120 mm (4.7 in)
Depth  357 mm (14.1 in)
Net Weight  4.723 kg (10.4 lbs)

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