Earlier today Intel announced its latest lineup of CPU’s at CES 2018, the Intel 8th Gen Core chips with AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics.
Intel NUC’s could very well be the future of small/compact desktop computing, even more so with the latest NUC’s featuring the company’s new 8th Gen CPU’s. In fact, it sports the fastest version of that chip, making it an even better desktop replacement. Intel claims it’s so powerful, the 1.3 liter NUC is the smallest VR-ready system so far.
The new NUC, codenamed “Hades Canyon,” is a bit thicker and taller than the “Skull Canyon” version was saw in 2016. It comes in two versions: the most powerful includes a Core i7-8809G chip with powerful RX Vega M GH graphics, running at speeds between 3.1GHz and 4.2GHz. The other model is still pretty capable, with an i7-8705G chip, a clock speed between 3.1GHz and 4.1GHz and slightly slower RX Vega GL graphics.
The faster NUC should be speedy enough for most VR experiences (though complex games like Doom VFR might be a challenge). Overall, you should expect to see at least 60 FPS with modern games in 1080p. While the company tried position the last NUC as a gaming-oriented machine, this one actually has the potential to be a solid gaming PC for your living room.
Intel also packed in a bevy of ports to make this NUC much more useful to enthusiasts. Along its back panel, it sports two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, two gigabit Ethernet connections, two Mini DisplayPorts, four USB 3.1 Type-A connections, HDMI and a hybrid 3.5mm/optical audio jack. Up front, it has USB-C, USB Type-A, USB Type-A for charging, HDMI, a headphone jack and an SDXC slot. That might sound exhausting, but that doesn’t even include the internal USB connections and dual M.2 SSD slots.