Intel has released the Hades Canyon NUC in the CES 2018 event in Las Vegas. The Hades Canyon NUC will come in two variants: the NUC8i7HNK and the NUC8i7HVK. The difference is in the CPU. The former will sport a 65-watt Intel Core i7-8705G CPU and the latter a 100-watt Intel Core i7-8809G. Intel calls the unit their “VR Machine”.
However, what’s really something different here is the fact that Intel has chosen to integrate AMD GPUs on the Hades Canyon NUCs. The NUC8i7HNK will come with an AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL and the NUC8i7HVK with an Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU. Who would have thought that we’ll see the day when Intel produces a system with an AMD GPU?
The case has grown to 1.2 liters and is 39 mm in height (1.5 inch), 221 mm wide (8.7 inch) and 142 mm deep (5.6 inch). The top of the case looks matte black, but when the LEDs under the hood are lit, you can see the familiar skull logo Intel used already for their Skull Canyon model before. You can configure the colour of the LEDs in the BIOS or switch them off.
Intel really went ballistic with the connectivity options on the Hades Canyon NUC! There are 2 HDMI 2.0a ports, 2 mini DisplayPort connectors, 7 USB 3 ports, 2 ThunderBolt 3 connectors, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, front and rear audio connectors. Inside the box there are 2 M.2 slots for NVMe or SATA SSDs, 802.11ac WiFi with bluetooth and 2xDDR4-2400 slots for up to 32 gigabytes of RAM. They’ve literally filled the unit with various connectors. In addition there’s a quad-microphone array and a consumer infrared receiver in the thing. All this connectivity means that the NUC is able to support up to 6 displays.
The NUC will be sold as a barebone kit and you will need to install the SSD and the memory chips yourself. The NUC8i7HNK model will initially retail for $799 and the more powerful NUC8i7HVK goes for $999. They’re both expected to reach consumers late March.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8809G, base freq. 3.1 GHz, boost up to 4.2 GHz, quad-core, TDP 100 W, unlocked (NUC8i7HVK)
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8705G, base freq. 3.1 GHz, boost up to 4.1 GHz, quad-core, TDP 65 W (NUC8i7HNK)
- GPU: Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics, 1063 MHz-1190 MHz, 24 CUs, 4GB HBM2 memory (NUC8i7HVK)
- GPU: Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics, 931 MHz-1011 MHz, 20 CUs, 4GB HBM2 memory (NUC8i7HNK)
- RAM: 2x DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM, 1.2 volt, 32 GB max.
- SSD: 2x 22×80 (22×42 also supported) M.2 SSD slots for SATA or NVMe SSD
- Front and rear HDMI 2.0a ports
- 2 rear Mini DisplayPort ports
- 2 rear Thunderbolt 3 ports (40 Gpbs)
- USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) port (front)
- 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 4 rear)
- 2 Intel gigabit Ethernet ports (i219-LM and i210-AT)
- Intel Wireless-AC 8265 WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.2
- 3.5 mm front audio jack, 3.5 mm rear audio connector with TOSLINK optical audio out
- Consumer infrared receiver
- Quad microphone array
- SDXC card reader
- Dimensions: 221 mm x 142 mm x 39 mm (8.7″ x 5.6″ x 1.5″)
- 230W power adapter
So that’s the Skull Canyon replacement that comes out in a couple of months. What do you guys think? Pretty good connectivity for a mini PC, but we shall see how well the heat sink (that’s as wide as the whole case) and the two fans inside are able to cool it down. Pretty sure the performance will be pretty good and Intel is saying the performance of the 100-watt version will be on par with GTX 1060. In any case, certainly one of the more interesting NUC releases for a while!