Monthly Archives: April 2020

  • Intel Panther Canyon with Tiger Lake

    Intel 11th gen NUCs usher in a new era of graphics performance

    Updated 30/04/2020

    The outbreak of COVID-19 has sadly meant that a lot of big projects have recently needed to go on hold, or in some cases, not come to light at all. The latter may well be the case for Intel’s Provo Canyon, as while we’re still seeing new innovations emerging from them all of the time, the release of their anticipated 8th gen NUC has somewhat fallen to the wayside.

    The good news is Intel’s NUC 11 series was already hot on Provo Canyon’s heels, so it only makes sense that they might decide to forego the Provo NUC entirely to make way for the launch of the 11th generation. And what a generation it is. Boasting Intel’s new 10nm+ Tiger Lake CPUs, the Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon NUCs are slated for release in the second half of 2020.

    Panther Canyon

    Dubbed the Intel NUC 11 ‘Performance’, Panther Canyon will be a series of ultra-compact desktops that promise exceptional graphics performance and impressive computing power. As well as being the first NUC to support the new Tiger Lake processors, Panther Canyon also has some truly exciting features. The NUC will be powered by Intel’s new Xe graphics architecture in iGPU form and comes with HDMI 2.1, which is really something to look forward to. Its M.2 2280 slot offers a fantastic x4 PCIe 4.0 lanes too, allowing awesome potential for expansion.

    Here’s what we know so far:

    • 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory
    • 2 22×80 key M slot, PCIe x4 Gen4
    • HDMI 2.1
    • Front and rear Thunderbolt 3 ports
    • Intel Xe graphics
    • Intel Optane M10 memory option

    Phantom Canyon

    Where Panther Canyon is the successor to Frost Canyon, the NUC 11 ‘Extreme’ Phantom Canyon is the next step on from Intel’s popular Hades and Skull Canyon NUCs. Also built to support Intel’s Tiger Lake-U CPUs, the Phantom will still maintain the iconic backlit skull logo in its design, but seems a more modest version of its cousin, the Performance NUC. Unlike Panther, Phantom won’t offer Intel’s Xe graphics, but instead discrete graphics from an as yet unconfirmed third party.

    What to get ready for from the Phantom Canyon NUC:

    • 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory
    • 2 22×80/110 and key M slots, PCIe x4 Gen3
    • HDMI 2.0b
    • Front and rear Thunderbolt 4 ports
    • Intel Optane M10 and H10 memory options

    Things are looking up

    We can’t wait to see what Intel’s Panther and Phantom Canyon NUCs can do when they launch later this year. While we wait, we’re working on designing a modified case for the Intel NUC 11 series to allow for better cooling capabilities. It also won’t be too long before their Tiger Lake CPUs get introduced into our own products, so watch this space.

    If you would like to know more about Intel’s Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon NUCs, or the adjustments we’re making to our product range of rack mount PCs, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • AMD Ryzen 4000 series

    AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs to be released later this year

    Updated 22/04/2020

    Our anticipation for the official unveiling of AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 series of desktop processors has now got a little longer left to build, thanks to COVID-19. Originally set to be revealed at Computex 2020 in June, the event has now been postponed until September due to the unexpected outbreak. For that reason, it’s unlikely we’ll see the CPUs in all their glory until much later this year, with a release rumoured for September, if not October. Still, we’re sure the chips will definitely be worth the wait based on what we know about them today.

    Codename: Vermeer

    The 4th generation of Ryzen desktop CPUs have been given the codename ‘Vermeer’, and follow AMD’s recent launch of their Ryzen 4000 series for laptops. Where these mobile laptop processors have been based on the chipmaker’s Zen 2 architecture, the desktop series will usher in the age of Zen 3 on a 7nm+ process.

    Vermeer also means great news for anyone with a B450 chipset, as it was recently confirmed that the Ryzen 4000 series will support Socket AM4 motherboards. With only a minor microcode update, the chips will be backwards-compatible, meaning you won’t need to upgrade anytime soon. We don’t know if the same can be said for the X470 and X570 chipsets, but it’s not beyond belief that this goodwill will extend to these as well.

    More performance, less power consumption

    While we don’t have much to go on by way of any specs for the Ryzen 4000 series just yet, it’s very possible we’ll be seeing impressive core counts, especially from their flagship CPU, and perhaps even faster clock speeds too. The chips may also prove to be much more power efficient, and could end up being a great fit for multi-threaded workloads if AMD pushes for more powerful hyperthreading.

    Although the CPUs aren’t due to be announced until the latter half of this year, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as anything new emerges. We hope to get them into our line-up of rack mounted PCs very soon so you can start enjoying the chips as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series of CPUs, or would like to understand how to take advantage of AMD’s Ryzen chips in our products, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News