2019/2020 Intel NUC Roadmap Leaked

A member on the PCEVA forums has published of what seems a pretty credible roadmap for consumer Intel NUCs (well, the “Core” ones) for 2019/2020.

Here are some interesting points:

  • Ghost Canyon (Hades Canyon successor) will have 6 and 8 core Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs (i7 and i9) with Intel GPU.
  • Ghost Canyon models will have a slot for an external GPU.
  • There will also be an i5 Ghost Canyon model.
  • Frost Canyon will be the successor for Bean Canyon. It has the 14nm Comet Lake-U architecture. Don’t expect big surprises there.
  • Islay Canyon will be a very similar model to Crimson Canyon (expect a review of the Crimson Canyon this week by the way), but with an i5 CPU.



Source: PCEVA via Videocardz

Those 8 core/16 thread CPUs in the Ghost Canyon will surely please some of the virtualization home labbers. Dropping the Radeon GPUs from Ghost Canyon could indicate that Intel is upping its game in the GPU area.

What do you think? Write your comments below!

22 Responses

  1. John Evans says:

    I’m a heavy Autodesk user (Revit, 3d Studio Max, NavisWorks, etc) and Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, etc) alongside Office 365 Premium and NBS Create as our core software. I been using i9 CPUs, 64GB RAM, 1TB SSD drives and Nvidia GTX graphics cards with 11GB VRAM for a while on desktop workstations and they fly. If Intel can replicate this on a NUC then its small format is a winner for me.,The current i7 NUCs are doing well in our conference rooms and on Admin staff desks, we’ve even taken them to client presentations instead of laptops, due to their small size and power, but how would Intel replicate my spec in a NUC and how would they keep such an i9 spec cooled if this spec could be done at all?

  2. juhomaen82 says:

    Was going to buy Hades Canyon for 90% productivity 10% gaming but this Ghost Canyon seems interesting. I’m not too excited about Intel UHD Graphics (surely it’s a huge step down from Radeon RX Vega M GL) but the included PCIe X16 slot means you can add your own discrete graphics card (something like a Vega 56 or RX580 if not an nVidia card). However, there are question marks for sure. What will the size of the chassis be if you fit your own GPU there? How’s a discrete GPU going to be powered if Ghost Canyon is 45W? What will the fan noise be like since the discrete GPU will not be something that Intel engineers have built in and optimised for the best cooling? What will the price be like? I’m hoping, since they are not working with AMD anymore, that they go down in price so that Ghost Canyon + GPU won’t cost over 1500 euros.

    • Olli says:

      There are indeed a lot of good questions there. Keep in mind that these early road maps might not be 100% accurate. We’ve seen Intel coming up with something else than the early leaked road maps indicated…

  3. Olli says:

    Something to keep in mind is that Intel has been teasing about an Intel GPU being released in 2020. https://www.anandtech.com/show/12964/intels-first-discrete-gpu-set-for-2020 We could be seeing this and the Ghost Canyon (to be released in 2020 as well) somehow being linked to each other, who knows?

  4. American Voter says:

    I’ve got a previous-generation Skull Canyon system (Skylake 4-core, 32 GB RAM, 1.5 TB SSD), that sits in a remote closet and is accessed via RDC. Why? Because the fans in that thing are annoyingly loud and the pitch of the sound is a HUGE irritant. I have a previous-generation NUC (DC53427HYE) that I keep on 7/24 in my office…running as a Pi-hole DNS server that is almost silent. Hopefully, Intel will address the sound pitch and volume issue with these new systems – otherwise I will pass.

  5. Nucfan says:

    Nuc with 64gb ram!

  6. Craig Carnell says:

    Where’s HDMI 2.1?

  7. BlindWarriorSven says:

    Seems like there will be no

  8. andrej wuka says:

    Does anyone know how I can install Windows 7 on NUC8i7HNK? I love this mini PC, but too many of my old PC games no longer work on win10. Thanks in advance gents

  9. Sticksville Hacker says:

    “Frost Canyon will be the successor for Bean Canyon. … Don’t expect big surprises there.” ?
    No big surprises? It appears to offer, at least tentatively, to support 64 GB ram. Is this in anticipation of 32 GB SODIMMs?

  10. Charles Roddie says:

    Too much HDMI. Displayport is more important. Some NUCs will be used as HTPCs but most won’t. There is almost never a need for 2xHDMI: who will be connecting a PC to two TVs? Every NUC should have at least one dedicated Displayport.

    • mlevine56 says:

      I’d like to see USB-C Gen. 2 (40Gbps) as a minimum standard with a dedicated 4-lanes, not shared. I don’t like HDMI and use a NUC8i7HVK (dual USB-C Gen.2) to get around the lack of suitable alternatives at the 40 Gbps range.

      • TehDude says:

        mlevine56, you do realize that there is no USB-C Gen 2, right? USB-C as you are referencing is a connection port “type”.

        The two USB-C connection ports support multiple technologies which are…

        1) Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps – PCIe spec – this is the x4 lanes.

        2) USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps – USB spec there is no “lanes”)

        3) DP 1.2

        4) I think you can even do 40Gbps networking via the Thunderbolt 3 as well.

        The USB-C style ports on the NUC8i7HVK support all the above as far as I am aware. However, the NUC8i7HVK also has USB Type A ports that also support USB 3.1 Gen2.

        • Michael J Levine says:

          On the schematic drawing of the NUC8i7HVK, it clearly lists the two rear USB ports I am referring to as:

          Rear Type C with TBT 40G(bps), DP 1.2, & USB 3.1 Gen2.

          You are splitting hairs, but for the sake of correctness, I should have said USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C (as reported by INTEL).

          There, do you feel better?

  11. mlevine56 says:

    Just came across this article (https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/23/intel-9th-gen-laptop-cpus-5ghz/) and would like to know if we actually have real news about NUC configurations?

  12. Tom Nguyen says:

    I am tire of the screwed up Intel, I am going to buy a mini pc with the AMD Ryzen 3000 processor. In 2019 and Intel is still chewing on the 14nm processors for the desktop line.

  13. John Evans says:

    I’m looking forward to the Ghost Canyon X with i9 cpu and so on. Might be just the ticket for me to be able to run the high end BIM/CAD 3D modelling software from Autodesk and graphics software from Adobe. Does the 64/32GB under the RAM column indicate it can carry 64GB RAM or only 32GB? – needs to be 64GB min for me. Only other issue is the Intel UHD graphics, what’s the spec mark for this chip-set. If they have broken away from Radeon graphics does this mean NVIDIA can bring something to the plate for us high end graphics, 3D modelling/rendering types?
    The spec seems to be getting closer to what I wanted in my post back in Dec 18. Only other concerns are how will Intel keep this spec cool and why do I have to wait until end of 2020 before it comes on stream? I need this now Intel! Also what is the footprint of the Ghost expected to be? Would be good if Intel talked to Autodesk about optimizing for Revit and 3DS Max and Adobe for optimizing for Photoshop and Premier.

  14. CSMR says:

    This roadmap looks very poor. No mention of 10nm Ice Lake and no Iris Plus/Pros coming out in 2019/20. I hope they fix this to release Ice Lake NUCs in 2019. It’s possible that in Dec 2018 they didn’t know if 10nm would ever come out, but now it looks more promising with good benchmarks and laptops announced already with Ice Lake chips.

  15. Where the heck did the Celeron and Pentium offerings go.

  16. Ray S. says:

    I agree with Tom Nguyen above. I had the NUC8-i5 and before that the NUC7-i5. Frequent BIOS updates to fix many problems that should have been resolved before release. When I buy a new product I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time repeatedly updating the BIOS and on forums to get things working right. This year I will get an ASRock DeskMini A300 already provisioned with RAM & storage from Amazon. Better performance for the money (Ryzen 5, 3rd gen) and better graphics with the Radeon RX Vega 11 included. The DeskMinis are not as small as NUCs but still small enough.

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