Intel Updates NUC | Hades Canyon
Following up Intel’s announcement of their new G-series Kaby Lake based processors with Integrated AMD Vega M graphics, comes the Hades Canyon NUCs. The new NUCs will feature Intel’s G-series processors using the aforementioned Vega M graphics. Coming in two variants, the NUC8i7HVK using the higher end Vega M GH, and the NUC8i7HNK using the slightly lower end Vega M GL chip. Vega M GH is running 24 compute units, while the GL variant has just 20 compute units, but both are quite capable for gaming and other GPU based tasks.
The new Hades Canyon NUCs are a good amount larger than previous NUCs, allowing for better cooling to handle the 65w and 100w chips. The 100w model is overclockable according to Intel, although I feel you’d be hard pressed to get much more out of the cooling capabilities of these little devices.
Both units feature dual Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports, dual gigabit Ethernet jacks (not sure why you would need more than one on a NUC, but nice to see it implemented anyway), 4 USB ports, and 2 HDMI outs, all of which are on the back other than 1 of the HDMIs. Remember the Thunderbolt 3 ports can also be used as display outputs, meaning you technically have 4 display outputs on this little guy, and since it’s running Vega you could have up to 6 displays attached. Both HDMIs are 2.0a, one in the front, the other on the back, allowing VR headsets to be attached easier. The front I/O consists of the previously mentioned HDMI 2.0a port, a USB Type-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2), a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, another USB Type-A port for charging devices, an SD card reader, and an infrared port (making this a perfect HTPC device).
Internally you’ll find dual M.2 ports for storage options, and a Intel gigabit wireless card with bluetooth. Unfortunately this means no 2.5 inch drive for mass game and media storage, something I feel a device great for a console replacement or HTPC should have, but we understand Intel didn’t want to make it any bigger in the first place. There are also 2 SODIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of RAM, a solid amount for such a small device.
Oh, and there is a 230w power adapter as well as RGB on the top. Can’t forget the RGB in 2018.
Personally I think either one would make a great console replacement, HTPC, or emulation station (as I like to call them). I’d say they are definitely something to consider if you like SFF systems for home use.