Crimson Canyon NUCs Bring More Radeon in September
So while everyone is waiting for the Bean Canyon NUCs (aka Coffee Lake NUCs) here’s some information regarding the Crimson Canyon NUCs. Crimson Canyon is a highly integrated NUC model where most of the necessary components are built-in already at the factory. RAM for example is soldered and cannot be replaced. However, what’s maybe most interesting about these NUCs is the choice of the Radeon 540 as a GPU.
The Crimson Canyon comes in two variants: NUC8i3CYSM and NUC8i3CYSN. The only difference between the models seems to be the amount of RAM, either 4 or 8 GB of LPDDR4-2666. Both models are powered by an i3-8121U CPU (dual-core with hyperthreading, max. 3.2 GHz, 15W TDP) and the Radeon 540 GPU. This is a Cannon Lake CPU with 10 nm lithography whereas the Bean Canyon CPUs will still be 14 nm. The GPU comes with 8 compute units, 512 stream processors and 2 gigabytes of GDDR5 VRAM of its own.
There are four USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI 2.0a ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless-AC 9560 wifi with Bluetooth 5 and an SD card slot.
This seems to be an exlusive model to Simply NUC who are listing the 8GB NUC8i3CYSM and the NUC8i3CYSN on their website. The 8GB unit is expected to ship in September whereas the 4GB model should follow in October.
The price of $574 for NUC8i3CYSM will include a 1TB conventional SATA hard drive that you can opt to change for an SSD and you can also install an NVMe disk in the M.2 slot. The prices for the 4GB model start at $530, but if you’re looking at this NUC, I’d say it’s better to go for 8GB as there’s no way to add RAM later.
It’s certainly interesting to see more NUCs with a Radeon GPU. While the RX 540 is not a Radeon Vega we saw in the Hades Canyon NUC, it definitely should be an upgrade from the Intel HD Graphics GPUs that we’ve traditionally seen in these NUCs…