Bean Canyon NUCs Officially Launched
Intel has officially launched the Bean Canyon NUCs also known as Coffee Lake NUCs. It seems like we’ve been waiting for these to hit the shelves forever, but according to Simply NUC these should be available next month finally.
The specifications were pretty much known to us already:
- CPU depending on the model: Intel Core i3-8109U (dual-core), i5-8259U (quad-core) or i7-8559U (quad-core), all with hyperthreading and 28W TDP
- Intel Iris Plus 655 GPU (GT3e), 48 EUs, 128MB eDRAM-cache, up to 1050 (i3/i5) or 1200 MHz (i7), HDMI 2.0a only via LSPCon
- 2 slots for DDR4-2400 RAM, max. 32 GB
- M.2 slot for 2240 and 2280 form factor cards, NVMe support
- One HDMI 2.0a port and DisplayPort via Type-C
- Four USB 3.1 Type-A ports
- One USB 3.1 Type-C ports
- Thunderbolt 3 via Type-C port
- Gigabit LAN with I219V
- Intel Wireless-AC 9560 wifi with Bluetooth 5.0
- MicroSDXC slot
Full technical product specification document is available here.
What’s important here is that the cooling solution seems finally updated. The technical product specification shows a picture of a much larger fan which hopefully will be able to keep the these NUCs cool with less noise.
It’s a bit shame that the Coffee Lake CPUs do not support native HDMI 2.0a. It’s 2018 after all. The MegaChips MCDP2800-BCT LSPCon is used convert DisplayPort 1.2a signal to HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2 support. This is the same solution we saw in the previous generation NUCs, so I guess we can expect that this time it’ll work fine. :)