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.
Many thanks Olli – I am sure there are many nontech recipients like myself who appreciate these updates and assessments
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.
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.
Cheap low-end junk that looks like a knock-off sold on AliExpress.
Hello Noah, please recomend a mini pc that is currently on a market . It must have following: AV1 decode option (4K; hardware [email protected] 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 [email protected] :(
@Oli – if you review NUC11ATKPE, can you measure W @idle and @sleep, please?
Intel 184.108.40.2060 graphics driver, he usual link is displaying the older driver atm.
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.
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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.
Strange that no one has yet reviewed any of NUC 11 Essential.
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.
How does it play 4k video?
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