REUTERS/Robert GalbraithIntel is gearing up for the launch of its 8th-generation processors.
Most of Intel's mini PC love at CES 2018 is going to its new NUC Enthusiast 8, aka Hades Canyon, but Intel is quietly updating the rest of its NUC line, including the consumer, commercial and value versions. These new chips, officially called the "8th Gen Intel Core with Radeon RX Vega" series promises to change that, at least if you believe their official presentation on it that illustrates what's possible.
The Radeon RX Vega M GH packs 24 Compute Units (CUs) for a total of 1536 Stream Processors while the Radeon RX Vega M GL has 20 CUs or 1280 Stream Processors. Intel adds that it gives "overclocks the ability to take the system to higher levels".
All the CPUs have four Kaby Lake cores that run at around 3 GHz with a Turbo of approximately 4 GHz. More connectivity options are found on the front, including USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports (one each, both Type-A), two USB 3.1 Type-C, another HDMI port, and a memory card reader.
Both NUCs include dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The refreshed NUCs will have two Thunderbolt 3 ports at 40Gbps, USB 3.1 Gen2 at 10Gbps, DisplayPort 1.2 via USB, and a consumer infrared port in addition to two M.222x42/80 key M slots for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD. "Packed with features and performance crafted for gamers, content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality, it expands Intel's portfolio thanks to its optimization for small form factors like 2 in 1s, thin and light notebooks, and mini PCs", Intel said in a statement. This is set to be Intel's smallest premium VR-capable system that you will be able to find. Intel's NUC 7 had a starting price of $899 packing 16GB of memory, a Core i7-7667U processor, and 512GB of storage.