A while ago, Intel announced that they will be making a chip together with AMD. The CPU was to be supplied by Intel while AMD supplied the graphics part. This is no longer a joke and Intel is showing off their latest product with the new chip, made by both Intel and AMD.
This new chip has been made to offer manufacturers great CPU and GPU performance while still being really small. One of the first computers to use this chip is from Intel themselves. Their new gaming NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is offer high-end performance, an aggressive look and small form factor, all in one package.
The CPU on this chip is an Intel Core i7-8809G with 4 cores and 8 threads. The base speed is 3.1GHz with a maximum speed of 4.2GHz. AMD is providing a chip from their latest graphics series, Vega. The Radeon RX Vega M GH has 24 compute units and 1,536 stream processors. The base speed is 1,063MHz while the maximum speed is 1,190Mhz. It is using 4GB HDM2 memory and a memory bandwidth of 204.8GB/s.
This new gaming NUC, with the codename “Hades Canyon” is only 1,2 liters small but can handle most stuff that you throw at it. On the front, there is an HDMI port which can be used for VR-gaming (yes, it’s VR-ready). There is also two USB 3.0, a memory card slot, an audio port and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
On the back, Intel has cramped a lot of ports in. There is an audio port with support for optical, a DC port, two Thunderbolt 3, 2 Mini DisplayPort, 2 ethernet ports, four USB 3.0 and another HDMI port. I don’t know how Intel did this, it’s almost as much (if not more) than many ITX or Micro ATX motherboards when it comes to I/O.
As with any other NUC, it’s a barebone system. This means that you will still have to provide RAM and storage yourself. The NUC supports 2 NVME SSDs so no 2.5 SSD here. Pricing is not set in stone yet, but it is said that the most expensive model will be around $999 with a cheaper model coming in at $899. Keep in mind, this is without RAM and storage. There is no word on when this new gaming NUC will be released.