First Hades Canyon NUC Reviews Online

The first reviews of the Hades Canyon NUC (NUC8i7HVK) have been posted by the big boys that get their engineering sample devices from Intel before they’re available in the shops.

Out of all the reviews I’ve seen so far, I’d recommend reading the AnandTech and the PCPer reviews.

Basically what we can take home from these reviews:

  • The performance is approximately double of the Skull Canyon in 3DMark
  • Hades Canyon beats i5-8400 with GTX 1050Ti by about 25% in some benchmarks, real world gaming performance about on par
  • The raw CPU performance is about 20% better than Skull Canyon
  • The fan noise is minimal at idle and low loads, not bad even at higher loads
  • Power consumption between 17 and 230 watts
  • The skull logo is made with LEDs and can be disabled in the BIOS

I’m waiting to get my hands on the unit. It should be available in stores here in Europe very soon…

8 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I’d buy this if it came in a case designed for grownups. Maybe Gigabyte will make a Brix model with the same chip.

    • Bill says:

      You can disable the skull led. Check out the online reviews that gripe about just that and how to fix it. Once turned off, you’d never know the stupid skull was even there to begin with.

  2. Peter says:

    Thank You, Hades Canyon comes in two configurations—one marketed as an overclockable gaming machine (the NUC8i7HVK), and the other as a content-creation system (the NUC8i7HNK).

  3. Michael says:

    According to AnandTech’s review, Hades Canyon NUCs cannot playback UHD Blu-rays, which is a pity.

  4. Pat says:

    I can recommend another excellent review by

    Fan Noise again is a big pont for me, since I’ve been using the Skull Canyon with the passive cooled Akasa case to my satisfaction

  5. Michael Dover says:

    I have a Skull Canyon with 32 GB and 2 of the tiny hard drives but had some W10 operating system problems and it is idle now. I found the case to be problematic in that in tightening one of the cover screws it broke the screw seat; the new case seems more industrial strength. But I too am concerned about the noise factor of the new device. Also, why limit it at 32GB of memory? The Skull canyon is absolutely silent after initial boot up unless you absolutely load it down with an intensive app; I want silence in normal operations (no gaming or video rendering). Is this new NUC non-silent in normal day to day use?

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