The gaming-oriented Intel Hades Canyon NUC with an Intel Kaby Lake-G processor is technically the first of Intel’s min computers to feature an 8th-gen Intel processor. But the company’s first mainstream NUC systems with 8th-gen chips are coming later this year.
While most older NUC systems featured the same kind of 15 watt processors you’d typically find in a thin-and-light laptop, the upcoming “Bean Canyon” NUCs will feature 28 watt Intel Coffee Lake chips rather than 15 watt Kaby lake Refresh processors.
It looks like there are at least 5 Bean Canyon NUC models on the way:
- NUC8i3BEK with Core i3-8109U (short)
- NUC8i3BEH with Core i3-8109U (tall)
- NUC8i5BEK with Core i5-8259U (short)
- NUC8i5BEH with Core i5-8259U (tall)
- NUC8i7BEH with Core i7-8559U (tall)
The tall versions have a 2.5 inch drive bay capable of accommodating a 9.5mm SATA3 hard drive or solid state drive, while the short models have just a SATA3 port for a physically smaller SSD.
Each model measures 4.6″ x 4.4″ across, but the short versions are just 1.4 inches high, while the tall models are 2 inches high.
Despite using more power-hungry processors than last year’s NUC systems with 7th-gen Intel Core chips, the new models are expected to feature a similar design to the “Dawson Canyon” NUCs pictured in this article.
As for the chips that power these computers, they’re all 8th-gen Intel Core processors with 2 or 4 cores and Intel Iris Plus 655 graphics. That won’t give you the same amount of GPU power you’d get from an AMD or NVIDIA graphics processor, but you should get a little more bang for your buck for gaming, video editing, or other tasks than you’d get from a system with an Intel UHD 620 GPU.
Here are some more details about the chips:
- Core i3-8109U – 2 cores/4 threads, 3 GHz base frequency/3.6 GHz turbo, 4MB cache, 300 MHz – 1.05 GHz GPU
- Core i5-8259U – 4 cores/8 threads, 2.3 GHz base frequency/3.8 GHz turbo, 6MB cache, 300 MHz – 1.05 GHz GPU
- Core i7-8559U – 4 cores/8 threads, 2.7 GHz base frequency/4.5 GHz turbo, 8MB cache, 300 MHz -1.2 GHz GPU