Intel NUC NUC8i7HVK Hades Canyon: A VR Ready NUC
|CPU||8th Generation Intel Core i7-8809G, 3.1GHz - 4.2GHz Turbo, Quad Core, 8 MB cache, 100W
|Graphics||Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics, 1063 MHz –1190 MHz (Unlocked and VR-capable)|
|RAM||Dual Channel DDR4-2400+ SODIMMs, 1.2V, 32GB maximum|
|M.2 & SDXC||2 x M.2 22x4/80 (key M) slots for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD, RAID-0 and RAID-1 capable, SDXC slot|
|Connectivity||2 x rear Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) and USB 3.1 Gen2(10 Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 via USB-C connector, Front USB 3.1 Gen2 via USB-C and front USB type-A connector, Front charging USB 3.0, 4x rear USB 3.0, 2x internal USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 via headers, Front Consumer Infrared port
|Video Outputs||Front and rear HDMI 2.0a (4K 60Hz, HDR) connectors, DisplayPor t1.3 via 2 x rear Mini DisplayPort ports, and 2 x rear Thunderbolt USB-C ports (All ports support HDCP 2.2)|
|Networking||2 x Intel 10/100/1000 Mbps (i219-LM and i210-AT) Ethernet ports, Intel Wireless-AC 8265M.2 22x30 card, IEEE 802.11ac 2x2 + Bluetooth v4.2, internal antennas|
|Audio||Up to 7.1 multi-channel digital audio via HDMI or DisplayPort signals, 3.5mm front headset jack, 3.5mm rear speaker / TOSLINK combo jack|
|Enclosure||Metal and plastic with replaceable lid, Kensington lock with base security|
|Dimensions||221 x 142 x 39 mm (1.2 L)|
|Internal Headers||Common I/O header with Front Panel, CEC, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 signals|
|Power Adapter||19VDC 230W power supply with replaceable AC cords|
|Other Features||Replaceable lid with customizable RGB LED illumination and front panel status RGB LEDs, Quad beam-forming mic array, VESA mounting plate included, Three-Year Warranty|
|Pricing||Starting @ $999 ($799 for the NUC8i7HNK)|
At the heart of the NUC NUC8i7HVK is an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8809G processor, with a base clock of 3.1GHz and a turbo clock of 4.2GHz. The CPU packs quad cores with 8MB of cache, with support for HyperThreading, so it can work on eight threads simultaneously. The graphics core is a Radeon RX Vega M GH, with 24 compute units, 1536 stream processors, base and boost clocks of 1063MHz to 1190MHz and 4GB of HBM2 memory that offers up to 204.8GB/s of bandwidth.
There are a pair of DIMM slots on-board with support for DDR4-2400+ memory speeds, up to a max of 32GB, and a pair of M.2 slots for storage duties. Over and above these main features and specifications, there is a wide array of connectivity available in the machine including dual Gigabit NICs, 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi, Thunderbolt 3, a ton of USB ports, a card reader, multiple display outputs and more – we’ll cover all of the details on the next page, but also have a quick video tour from CES 2018 in Las Vegas...
Save for the processor and its integrated Radeon RX Vega GPU, the NUC8i7HVK’s little-brother, the lower-end NUC8i7HNK is essentially identical. It’s got the same chassis and I/O, but the Core i7-8705G processor powering the machine has a lower boost clock (max 4.1GHz), its Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU has only 20 compute units (1280 stream processors), and lower, base, boost, and memory clocks as well. The toned down specifications of the Core i7-8705G also results in a lower TDP – 65W versus 100W. So again, that's two flavors of Hades Canyon to consider.
Our particular setup was equipped with an Optane SSD 800P 118GB drive for its OS volume, a 512GB Intel SSD 545S secondary volume, and 16GB of Kingston HyperX DDR4 memory running in a dual-channel configuration.