Early this week Intel announced that it is collaborating with AMD to produce a multi-chip module (MCM) that will include a Kaby Lake-H CPU and an AMD Vega GPU together with 2nd generation high bandwidth memory (HBM2). These news combined with a picture from Chip Hell website that appears to show a board that could be the upcoming Hades Canyon NUC and the leaked benchmarks of i7-8705G and i7-8809G give us some ideas of what the Hades Canyon NUC could be.
As you might remember, in September we reported that the Hades Canyon NUC will come in 2 variants: a 65-watt version and a 100-watt version. The benchmark results seen indicate that these 2 variants could be powered by i7-8705G and i7-8809G respectively. It also could be that the difference between these two units is mainly the GPU. Both of the quad-core CPUs appear to have 3.1 GHz base clock frequency and 4.1 GHz boost frequency.
The board in the photo seems to match the rumors from September pretty well. Connectivity is quite impressive: 2x LAN, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 2x HDMI 2.0a. In addition to the m.2 NVMe slot two SATA connectors are provided. The board certainly is a bit bigger than the traditional NUC mainboard and it remains to be seen what kind of enclosure and cooling system Intel will build around this. Note that Intel calls the graphics here as dGFX but we can certainly debate how discrete the graphics here are. From end users perspective it could be seen as integrated AMD GPU…
The performance will be much better than the Skull Canyon NUC as the leaked benchmarks look rather impressive. Just how small will the case be and how to keep it cool without making the NUC sound like a jet engine at take-off? We’ll find out next year as it’s predicted to be available Q2 2018.