Intel Launches NUC 11 Essential with Jasper Lake Celeron and Pentium CPUs

The Apollo Lake NUC 7 Essential that was released back in 2018 is getting a bit long in the teeth, so it’s about time Intel refreshes the Essential line of lower performance NUCs with the 10nm Jasper Lake-based Pentium and Celeron CPUs. The new NUC, codenamed Atlas Canyon, will be available with three different CPUs: the dual-core Celeron N4505, the quad-core Celeron N5105 and the quad-core Pentium N6005. All quad-core versions have a TDP of 15 watts whereas the dual-core Celeron is a 10W model.


You can compare the specifications on Intel’s web site here.

While the Essential line NUCs are not exactly powerhouses they still have their uses as miniature home servers, media PCs or thin clients. The more powerful versions can be used for lighter desktop use as well. It represents a step up from Raspberry Pis and in case you want or need x86 architecture an RPi is not an option anyhow.


  • NUC11ATKC2: Dual-core Celeron N4505 (2.0 GHz, up to 2.9 GHz), UHD Graphics (450 MHz, up to 750 MHz) with 16 EUs, 10W TDP
  • NUC11ATKC4: Quad-core Celeron N5105 (2.0 GHz, up to 2.9 GHz), UHD Graphics (450 MHz, up to 800 MHz) with 24 EUs, 15W TDP
  • NUC11ATKPE: Quad-core Pentium N6005 (2.0 GHz, up to 3.3 GHz), UHD Graphics (450 MHz, up to 900 MHz) with 32 EUs, 15W TDP
  • Dual-channel DDR4-2933 SODIMMs, max. 32GB RAM
  • Slot for M.2 2280 SSD (NVME or SATA), PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 802.11ac WiFI with Intel Wireless-AC 9462, Bluetooth 5.0
  • HDMI 2.0b port, DisplayPort 1.4 supporting two 4k displays
  • 3.5mm audio output jack, 3.5mm microphone jack
  • 2x USB 3.2 type-A ports in front, 2x USB 3.2 type-A ports in rear, 2x USB 2.0 ports in rear
  • Dimensions: 135 x 115 x 36 mm

Few points seem to raise some eyebrows here: No 802.11ax WiFI or 2.5G Ethernet, the TDP of the quad-core CPUs is listed as 10W in Intel Ark under the CPU listing but 15W under the NUC listings, no mention of IR receiver.

In addition to the three variants mentioned above it is possible to buy the dual-core Celeron NUC 11 Essential with Windows 11 pre-installed on a 64 GB eMMC storage.

21 Responses

  1. Michael Chapman says:

    Many thanks Olli – I am sure there are many nontech recipients like myself who appreciate these updates and assessments

  2. Jessica J says:

    WOW! Finally a NUC with audio port and regular usb ports again! Finally, the ports are back! I will not buy the shit NUCs without audio or regular USB ports.

  3. Pawel says:

    Hi Oli – thanks for the news. Is it good, well simplynuc has listed Atlas Canon offerings. Pricing is crazy to be honest.
    The only thing I like is AV1 support. Anyway if anybody sees these in stock (EU) please report here.

  4. Cheap low-end junk that looks like a knock-off sold on AliExpress.

    • Pawel says:

      Hello Noah, please recomend a mini pc that is currently on a market . It must have following: AV1 decode option (4K; hardware acceleration@ 5W with almost zero load on four cores), TPM 2.0 module for easy Windows 11 instalation, WiFi not soldered into motherboard and 2x RAM slots.
      You can even recommend a pc from AMD; typing this on an AliE pc powered by 4800H.

      BTW. Thanks to – I believe – Microsoft my 4800H won’t go as high as 4.3 – 4.4 GHz on max perf profile like it used to on Win10@21H1 :(

      @Oli – if you review NUC11ATKPE, can you measure W @idle and @sleep, please?

  5. Jessica says:

    How funny from Intel. They release the more powerful i5 and i7 NUCs without any ports but here in Celeron version they add thousands of ports, mic, audio, tens of USB ports, HDMI, all kinds of other ports, ports on all sides. But in i5 and i7 versions they are like – F8CK YOU B$TCH – you only get 1 USB type C, go buy a dongle converter. What idiots. Possibly the stupidest idiots I have seen.

  6. INTC says:

    Launch driver for 12th Generation Intel Core Processors with Intel Iris Xe Graphics and Intel UHD Graphics (Codename Alder Lake-P, Alder Lake-U).

    Intel graphics driver released.

  7. Book Adams says:

    SimplyNUC is the only source in the USA and they rape us with outrageous prices for MANDATORY memory and SSD:

    The $193 Pentium barebones is not sold alone but becomes $784 with their MANDATORY memory and SSD. With a barebones unit we could do 16MB/1TP ourselves for less than $400.

  8. Coool says:

    Strange that no one has yet reviewed any of NUC 11 Essential.

    • Name Eman says:

      I bought one. Installed a trial version of x64 Win11. Its a fast machine for what it was designed for. Brave is really smooth, LibreOffice the same. One thing to note (and complain) memory is locked to 2933. 3200 is auto clocked down. NUC11ATKPE does not see XMP profile of really fast 3200 1.2 V modules I bought a couple years ago. In times of 5th generation Intel said it support DDR3L 1600, but later I found out that NUC5i7RYH is 2133 aware and it gives a second life to that little boxes. Pros: Wi-Fi module removable, Cons: no usb-c, no usb 2 internal socket, really strong blue led light built into a power brick. I’m very happy with the purchase.

  9. INTC says:

    Intel will be moving 6th – 10th Gen Intel Processor Graphics and related Intel Atom, Pentium, and Celeron processor graphics to a legacy software support model. For more information on this support update and additional changes to the driver package, see Graphics Driver Support Update for 10th Generation and Older Intel Processor Graphics.

    Intel graphics driver released.

  10. Cygnus says:

    I can confirm, that it’s support 64gb RAM, at least the model NUC11ATKPE (the one I currently have).

  11. Lee says:

    There is also the quad-core version with Windows 11 pre-installed on a 64 GB eMMC storage in my country (not just the dual-core mentioned in this article). I’m planning to use this device as a POS cashier, so I would not be updating the OS (should not be having that many writes on the eMMC) and using NVMe as the local database storage. My questions are: Is it true that eMMC only last under 5 years? Can someone tell my what kind of eMMC is in these NUCs? Any experience you can share on using eMMC? TIA

  12. Scott Emery says:

    Although there hasn’t been a new post from Olli on this site for a year and a half, I thought that this announcement from Intel deserved a final entry here:

  13. Rryhfykngff says:

    Which died first? The NUC idea or this blog?

  14. Fuck this Blog says:

    No updates in almost 2 years but Olli still comes by to delete comments ROFLMAO.

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