2018 Intel NUC Models

It seems that Intel is pumping out three different variations of the Intel NUC during the year 2018. A report by CNX Software included the roadmap that includes the following three NUC families:

  • June Canyon, Celeron and Pentium NUCs based on Gemini Lake – around New Year
  • Hades Canyon, Skull Canyon replacement based on Kaby Lake-H – around Q2 2018
  • Bean Canyon, next “normal” Core i3, i5 and i7 NUCs based on Coffee Lake-U – around Q3 2018

June Canyon

The June Canyon is the new low cost NUC. NUC7CJYH (Celeron J4005, 2.7GHz dual-core, 10W) and NUC7PJYH (Pentium J5005, 2.8GHz quad-core, 10W) both feature 2 HDMI 2.0a ports, 2xDDR4L-2400 memory slots (max. 8GB) and an M2.SSD slot and an SDXC slot. The Celeron model will be available first and should be coming before the end of the year and the Pentium version will be released in January.

Hades Canyon

Hades Canyon will be something different. It’s coming in two versions (NUCxi7HNK and NUCxi7HVK where x is probably 8) where the other one is dubbed as Hades Canyon VR. Quad core Intel Kaby Lake-H CPUs with a TDP of 65W (non-VR) or 100W (VR version). The roadmap also states dGFX for discrete graphics! That might explain the high TDP mentioned, as the Kaby Lake-H CPUs only have TDPs between 25 and 45 watts. The form factor will likely be all new and both NUCs feature double M.2 SSD slots and double Thunderbolt 3 ports supporting a maximum of 6 displays. It looks like we can expect the Hades Canyon to be available in the Spring around Q2.

Bean Canyon

The Bean Canyon is probably the least surprising of the bunch. It’s the core i3, i5 and i7 NUC of 2018. It will replace the Baby Canyon NUC (Kaby Lake) and the specifications look very similar to the previous generation. Of course the Kaby Lake SoC has been replaced with the Coffee Lake-U SoC. The HDMI port is now of 2.0a variety and the TDP of all of these has been pushed up to 28W. Available on the second half of 2018. Models are called NUC8i3BEH/K, NUC8i5BEH/K and NUC8i7BEH/K.

13 Responses

  1. Tommi says:

    There is a very high chance, that next NUCs (Gemini Lake) are released with HD 6xx series, this is because:

    10-bit VP9 Codec (aka profile 2 + VP9 encoding, Gen9.5 bring support for both)
    eDP 1.4 (instead of current eDP 1.3, Gen9.5 HD 6xx bring support for eDP 1.4)

    There are other changes also, including DDR4 (instead of DDR3) + HDMI 2.0 (instead of HDMI 1.4) + Built-in WiFi + Bluetooth (no 3rd party needed), 4Mb L2 cache and 4-Wide pipeline (instant 10-15% boost to performance)

    And I really hope Akasa will release fanless cases for upcoming June Canyon NUCs, same as for J3455 NUC (they share same 10W)

  2. Matt says:

    Proper HDMI 2.0a for June Canyon? Or still the display port shenanigans of the Kaby Lake NUCs?

  3. Jam says:

    Pictures is very low quality.

  4. Jon says:

    Let’s hope these will be able to properly display 4K at 60 hz. The current NUCs have massive problems with this; there is a huge thread over at Intel’s support forums.

    • Ben says:

      @jon Many of the issues on the Intel forums that you are referring to have been resolved. I have a Skull Canyon and I’m currently driving 2 4K monitors at the same time. One Vizio @60Hz and the other a Dell at @30Hz (monitor doesn’t support 60Hz). Also note, my screens are stable. There were complaints on the forums about screen synchronization issues, vertical lines, and other glitches.

      I did have to do some configuration steps out-of-the box including updating the BIOS. But these one-time annoyances were a small price to pay for finally getting such an awesome setup.
      Also, while you don’t need the ridiculously priced HDMI cables, I have found the $3 cables prevent the TV/monitor from synching up when running 4K@60Hz. I’m now using a $10 cable.

  5. Pac says:

    Bean Canyon will use more power than current NUCs? 🙁

  6. Would it make sense buying the Intel NUC6CAYH or should I wait for the NUC7CJYH?
    I’m looking to use it as a HTPC and play 4k content, not interested in gaming.. the current price here is £119

    • or should I just get an Nvidia shield

      • alexsisk2017 says:

        If you’re really just looking for a 4K video player, this is a difficult question. I have the 1st Gen Shield and a NUC6CAYH.

        The Shield had a very very defective variant of the Android OS prior to the release of the 2nd Gen model, when they released “SHIELD Experience Update 5.0.” There were audio output problems, networking problems and the list goes on. For a product that came out in May 2015, it was an aggravating experience to have software that finally made the device work properly released in February 2017.

        That’s 21 months before solid software came to the device – their level 2 support acknowledged that my audio output issue was widespread, but only affecting owners of certain receivers. Forum discussions confirmed my other frustrations pre-February. Android remains one of the most difficult operating systems to use with regard to networking specifically – but it’s been fine since (other than the fact that the Bluetooth module failed last month and they had to replace the entire device, just shy of the warranty ending…I’m very nervous about that.)

        My NUC6CAYH, meanwhile, is running LibreELEC 8.2 and Windows 10 Pro. 99% of the time I leave LibreELEC running. It’s solid to the point that I let it act as a “server,” with a 4TB external HDD holding my video files.

        There is not really as much to say about the NUC because it hasn’t been nearly as problematic. I do have 8GB RAM (the max) in the NUC.

        The Shield only has 3GB of RAM, but has a MUCH more powerful processor than the NUC6CAYH.

        To be honest, if I were in your shoes, I’d buy the Apple TV 4K, and run the wonderful video app “Infuse” – http://www.firecore.com – I love my Apple TV 4K. It also has an insanely powerful processor, but only 3GB RAM. Seems to do fine with 3GB though.

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