Intel’s first NUC mini computers with 8th-gen Core processors are coming in March, and Simply NUC, a company that sells Intel’s tiny desktop PCs) is taking pre-orders for some of the first models.

The NUC7i7DNKE is a slim model with an Intel Core i7-8650U quad-core processor and room inside the case for an M.2 solid state drive, while the NUC7i7DNHE is a taller model with the same processor, but room under the hood for both an M.2 drive and a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD.

Both are up for pre-order from Simply NUC’s website for $710 and up.

The company says two other options are also on the way:

  • NUC7i7DNFE with a fanless chassis
  • NUC7i7DNBE board-only product (without a chassis at all)

Each model features dual HDMI 2.0 ports with support for 4K60 output, support for 7.1 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.2, and optional support for Intel Optane memory.

The computers feature 4 USB 3.0 ports and support for up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM.

There’s also Intel vPro and TPM 2.0 technology fro enterprise customers.

Simply NUC’s entry-level $710 prices are for models with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid state storage, and either Ubuntu or no operating system. You’ll have to pay extra if you want a Windows license, additional memory or storage, or other upgrades and accessories.

It’s likely these computers will be available from other sellers in the coming months as well. But Simply NUC was the first Intel partner to issue a press release and post a pre-order page, the slim model is expected to ship on March 30th, while the taller version should be available starting April 6th.

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8 replies on “Intel NUC mini PC with Core i7-8650U up for pre-order for $710 an up”

  1. Hmmm… no USB-C and/or Thunderbolt on these guys? Also, weird model names if these are using 8th-gen CPUs. Usually with the NUCs, the model numbers correlate to the generation. (Or so I thought.) NUC7xxxxxx, where that 7 represents the generation. I’d expect these to be NUC8xxxxxx.

  2. If I wanted the i7-8650U, I probably would buy it in a laptop form factor. I am curious about who the target customer for a i7-8650U NUC is. That customer will be spending over $1k for a system with memory, SSD and monitor.

    1. Look no further than the blurb:

      The Intel® NUC Kit NUC7i7DNKE, built with 8th generation Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ processors, delivers the performance and innovation for small space and embedded solutions. Whether you’re creating a digital kiosk, deploying intelligent vending, or refreshing enterprise PCs, the Intel NUC7i7DNKE can get the job done easily.

      1. Thanks. I haven’t seen any of those things in years. Good to know they are still around.

    2. Tacitus is right. They pretty cost effective compared with equivalent industrial PCs.

    3. Keep in mind that SimplyNUC charges a hefty premium over getting just the base barebone unit at Amazon or NewEgg. I imagine it will only cost in the neighborhood of $400 to $600 at launch.

      1. The Chinese market already has a 8550u mini pc for 460 (480 for one with 2.5 drive) and typically cheaper than Intels. Historically the i7 nucs had gone for 500+ so I’d expect this to be closer to the 600.

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