Intel’s next generation NUC, formerly known as Hades Canyon, is set to be its most powerful mini-PC. The NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK will both feature Intel’s latest 8th generation Core processors with AMD developed Radeon RX Vega M graphics. An improvement that Intel claims will make them capable of running virtual reality applications.
Both NUCs share the same configuration, having space for user specified RAM and storage options. They also have dual Thunderbolt 3 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 HDMI ports, and two mini-DisplayPorts.
The real draw here is the new processors, with the NUC8i7HVK sporting the Intel Core i7-8809G and the NUC8i7HNK fitted with the Core i7-8705G. The biggest difference between the two would be the power draw potential, with the former having a TDP of 100W and the latter drawing 65W.
It’s unclear if these processors really allow the NUCs to run virtual reality, but they should be good enough for just about anything else. If anything, the Thunderbolt 3 ports still allow for external GPUs to be connected.
As is usually the case, there is no release date for the new Hades Canyon NUCs as of yet.