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Monday, January 8, 2018

Don't Buy the New Intel Hades Canyon NUC!!

Intel has just introduced the NUC8i7HVK follow-up to the Skull-Canyon NUC, sporting an i7-8809G CPU+GPU. It's basically a 4-core processor (3.1GHz-4.2GHz), combined with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics (1.063GHz-1.19GHz) strapped with 4GB HBM2. And it is rated at 100W...yep, toasty. Price will be around a $1000 😞, and availability from Spring 2018.

Honestly, you'd be much better off buying a decent gaming laptop with, say, an Intel 7820HQ or 7820HK, and a discrete GPU like the GTX1060 or higher (the standard version, not the crippled Max-Q). For roughly the same price as a barebones Top-spec NUC, you'll be getting a complete laptop, while the NUC will require extra spending on RAM, storage, OS, wireless keyboard+mouse, etc...
Also, keep in mind that under sustained heavy loads (gaming and such), it will probably throttle its clocks down a lot to keep temps in check.
I'd wait for the price to go way down (under $580), or just wait for the next one which should feature HDMI 2.1 48Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ax.