Intel's NUC Hades Canyon is the result of an ambitious project that puts maximum power into a product that fits anywhere. Check out our full review
O NUC Hades Canyon Intel is much more than just a successor to Intel Skull canyon, extreme version of Next Unit of Computing (NUC) of Intel. With a chip produced by Intel, called Kaby Lake-G, it combines a company mobile CPU with a Radeon RX Vega M, mobile graphics card from AMD. That is, it is a powerful machine, capable of performing heavy tasks and, best, without taking up too much space in your home.
O Showmetech received a template NUC Hades Canyon gives Intel And after a few weeks of testing, we bring you a complete product analysis, detailing all of its key features, strengths, and the elements that are lacking in performance and quality.
Before we begin our analysis of the machine itself, we need to clarify what the concept of Next Unit of Computing (NUC, “Next Computing Unit” in Portuguese) created by Intel.
Intel NUC is a concept of PRAÇA 4 × 4-inch notebook that promises to wipe out today's desktops with entertainment, gaming and productivity features, including a customizable card that is ready to take the memory, storage and operating systems you want. Evolving throughout the projects, currently the NUC offers high performance in a very compact product, which owes nothing to large computers and their custom towers.
Configuration NUC Hades Canyon
O NUC Hades Canyon comes in two configurations – one marketed as a gaming machine with overclocking (O NUC8i7HVK) and the other as a content creation system (the NUC8i7HNK).
Each configuration comes equipped with a different processor combination. Intel and graphics card OMG. Inside NUC8i7HVK They are Core i7-8809G 100W, which houses a quad-core eight-core mobile CPU and graphics Radeon RX Vega M GH. Regardless of the configuration, the OS Windows 10 It's the shipped.
The processor is equivalent to the H Series 45W mobile CPUs from Intel (complete with active integrated graphics that can handle video playback and other basic tasks), although their power requirements are slightly different.
Actual power consumption varies depending on CPU and GPU loads, as the Intel It designed the package on a shared power budget and uses what it calls dynamic tuning to allow each component to have a greater ability to achieve maximum thrust.
Connected to the processor is the Vega M GHwhich runs on a base clock of 1,063MHz and 1,190MHz on boost clock. The variant GH of Vega M It comes with 24 computing units and 4 GB of HBM2 memory, along with a slightly faster memory bandwidth of 204.8 GB per second. It also supports output to six 4K monitors simultaneously, up to five at 60Hz and the sixth at 30Hz. Like the processor, you can do overclocking of Vega M GH and HBM2 memory.
In addition, the PC also has M.2 slots for units SATA 6Gbps, or x4 PCIe Gen 3 (AHCI or NVMe) in a length of 42mm or 80mm, with the option of running two drives in RAID 0 or RAID 1. These slots are the most current for connecting a solid state storage unit (SSD). A plate handle Intel Wireless-AC 8265 both 802.11ac 2 × 2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, and two SO-DIMM sockets that accept up to 32GB DDR4 / 2.400MHz RAM at 1.2V and support DDR4 RAM with overclocking.
For the doors, the Intel further compressed in NUC Hades Canyon. Like this NUC is larger than Skull canyon (the predecessor model) – with 8.70 x 5.59 x 1.54 inches (1.2 L), about the size of a VHS tape – you get multiples of just about everything. On the front you will find an SDXC memory card slot, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) type A charging port, HDMI 2.0a, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) type C and a headphone jack. 3.5mm stereo ear.
At the back is a 3.5mm TOSLINK speaker connector, the 230W power supply connector, two ports Thunderbolt 3 for faster data transfer, two Mini DisplayPort 1.2two gigabit ethernet, four USB 3.0 Type A and HDMI 2.0a. The two doors Thunderbolt 3 Support 4 PCIe lanes, but are connected to the same controller.
As a result, bandwidth can be shared if both ports run concurrently using an x4 configuration. Just like in NUC Skull Canyon , you can run external graphics on ports Thunderbolt 3.
The chassis once again features a replaceable top cover, although this time it has been updated to provide customizable RGB lights that illuminate the shape of a skull. The default is a red and blue color scheme, but it is easily changed through the software included for other shades and with different brightness patterns. You also have the option to change the color of the front panel status LEDs, which are also RGB.
The look of NUC Hades Canyon transpires what it really is: a rugged machine with quality materials and RGB lights to maintain a gamer style. The compact form impresses with the content inside the PC, making it fit in any room and any décor – just have a video output device ready.
In general, the combination Intel-AMD of NUC8i7HVK offers a solid experience. Let's investigate game performance first. The first to be tested was Rise of the Tomb Raiderwhich is a game blockbuster which can still push budget-range GPUs. We obtained an average of 51 fps in the preset Very high.
This should be good enough for many people. If not, the problem is easily solved in two ways. The most interesting option: connecting the NUC8i7HVK to a monitor Freesync. Like other GPUs from OMG, O Vega M GH supports these variable update views. You can also reduce the graphics setting to High, which will increase the frame rate to 63 fps.
The other games on our list that have been tested are Middle-earth: Shadows of War and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Independent results show, however, that this version of NUC Hades Canyon can stay in contemporary games. Note that the experience in both games may not be so good at more hectic times and require a higher level of graphics processing.
Turning our exam into pure CPU performance reveals zero surprises. The processor performs very well by performing other tasks such as Internet browsing, photo and / or video editing, among other types of programs that tend to be a very tight bottleneck on other less powerful machines available on the market.
The experience of using the Windows 10 with the power of this PC is the best possible. Thanks to SSD, the operating system starts the system in seconds and with less than 20 seconds all programs are ready for use. No lockups or slowdowns once
The 8th generation processor within the Core i7-8809G works just as we expected: with its healthy clock reaching over 7th generation H Series components of the Kaby Lake Core, it approaches CPUs with sockets on older, compact desktops. Daily tasks will not be problems in this NUC.
O NUC8i7HVK It is not yet for sale in Brazil. However, in the United States, the machine costs about $ 999. At the current dollar rate, the value is around R $ 3,700.
Before you decide to purchase, you need to consider the types of tasks you need a computer to perform efficiently. If you are a fan of games but also value the power and performance of your computer for other tasks that require greater computing power, surely Intel NUC Hades Canyon It may be a good choice.
However, the buyer needs to keep in mind that this type of machine from Intel it is a backbone model, ie components such as memory sticks and storage drives (HDDs or SSDs) need to be purchased and installed separately.
O NUC8i7HVK It is capable of much more than you might think of a compact desktop. In addition to a great gaming machine, the Intel It also wants to show that it should meet the needs of the most demanding programmers and editors of the heaviest programs.
It is a very solid PC – not just a mini PC. Based on performance and its settings, the Hades Canyon is already an extremely valuable successor to Skull canyon and gives other mini PCs a run for their money.
What keeps the NUC8i7HVK Of being a sweeping successor compared to the old model is the competition. While many gravitating around this NUC Because of its size, enough people will care more about performance than form factor and will be better served by a different PC – and thus cheaper.
O Hades Canyon It is a strong mini PC that offers other possibilities as well. Consider that at just under three pounds it weighs less than some ultrabooks – most people won't even notice it in a backpack. If you don't need the laptop screen, mouse and keyboard, it's almost impossible to beat the Hades Canyon as an extremely compact and portable PC, widely equipped with CPU Intel and GPU from OMG.