Intel is adding yet another new model to is NUC line of mini computers. The new NUC 8 Pro, also known by the code name “Provo Canyon,” is a compact desktop computer available with up to a 15 watt Intel Core i7-8665U quad-core Whiskey Lake-U processor with vPro.
Provo Canyon systems are up for pre-order from SimplyNUC, and will likely hit other retail sites soon.
If you’re keeping track, this is at least the fourth set of Intel NUC systems powered by 8th-gen Intel Core processors.
- First came the Intel “Hades Canyon” NUC with up to a 100 watt Intel Core i7-8809G Kaby Lake-G processor featuring AMD Radeon graphics.
- Then there was the Intel “Bean Canyon” NUC with up to a 28 watt Intel core i7-8559U Coffee Lake processor and Iris Plus 655 graphics.
- The third model was the Intel “Islay Canyon” Mainstream-G NUC with up to a 15 watt Intel Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake-U processor and AMD Radeon 540X.
- And now there’s the new “Provo Canyon” NUC 8 Pro models which have the weakest graphics of the bunch… but the top-of-the-line models support Intel vPro technology for enhanced security and performance.
Anyway, back to Provo Canyon, it’s worth noting that not every model of the NUC 8 Pro family features vPro — only the models with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 chips — if you pick up a model with a Core i3-8145U processor, then no vPro for you.
You can find a full list of models at Intel’s ARK website.
For the most part, the new NUC 8 Pro looks a lot like other recent Intel NUC systems. It’s a 4.6″ x 4.4″ computer that’s available in tall (2.1″ high) or slim (1.5″ high) cases — the smaller version is SSD-only, while the taller version also has a 2.5 inch bay for a hard drive or second SSD.
- 2 x HDMI 2.0a
- Thunderbolt 3
- 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
- Gigabit Ethernet
The computer supports up to three displays, up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, and supports PCIe x4 NVMe storage and Intel Optane H10 or M10 memory.