Intel announces 'Hades Canyon' NUCs at CES 2018

Intel announces Hades Canyon NUC

Now the chip medley has been officially announced, and it's called the Intel 8th Generation Core with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics - a mouthful, right?

Intel's next generation NUC, formerly known as Hades Canyon, is set to be its most powerful mini-PC. Intel and AMD have yet to reveal the list of laptops that will be powered by the new chips and GPU, but more information is expected to be revealed in the coming months.

Intel's new NUC will be ideal for VR enthusiasts and workload-heavy content creators as well.

Intel says that the Vega GH should deliver significantly better gaming performance when compared to Nvidia's GTX 1060 cards, while the GL can trump a 1050. that this means at least 60fps graphics at 1080p resolution with games like DOOM; that doesn't exactly translate into VR-readiness, but it'll be interesting to see how these machines perform in benchmark tests when they're closer to hitting store shelves in the spring.

As noted, the new Hades Canyon NUC comes with a 1.2L chassis, measuring 221 x 142 x 39 mm.

The NUC8i7HNK uses the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics. This is the model that Intel is pitching as being VR-ready. They also have dual M.2 slots for fast storage.

The new Intel NUCs come with a plethora of ports, which includes two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the rear, supported by a USB 3.1 port on the front, five USB 3.0 ports (four on the back and one on the front), two USB 2.0 ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports for connectivity, USB Type-C, two Mini DisplayPorts, and two HDMI ports. Both models also feature built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Considering that the eight generation of the Core i5 and i7 were meant to be the best that Intel can offer in the H-Series, fans can expect them to be featured in numerous upcoming laptops within the year.

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