It’s the time of the year when we start to expect the next NUC leaks coming from FanlessTech – and here they are!
Q2/2018 will bring three NUCs with 28W Coffee Lake CPUs:
– Coffee Lake-U Core i3 with 4 cores (no hyperthreading), 28W TDP
– Coffee Lake-U Core i5 with 4 cores with hyperthreading (8T), 28W TDP
– Coffee Lake-U Core i7 with 4 cores with hyperthreading (8T), 28W TDP
Additional cores are always welcome, but I certainly hope that there are significant changes to the standard cooling solution that we’ve seen with the previous 28W NUCs. Keeping a 28-watt CPU cool and quiet in a tiny box has been a challenge in the past.
In addition, later in 2018 Intel will also bring out a successor to the popular Skull Canyon NUC. We’re expecting a 45W TDP CPU with an improved GPU.
Just to note, there are now 3 CPU families that Intel is calling as members of 8th generation: the Kaby Lake refresh, Coffee Lake and Cannonlake. Cannonlake is essentially a 10 nm die shrink of Coffee Lake whereas the other two are manufactured with 14 nm process. Quite confusing.