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 SME)
William George (Product Development SME) 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 (Research and Development Manager)
Ben Nelson (Research and 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)