Intel has now updated its range of small form factor PCs which is known as NUCs. The customers have liked this system in the past with the footprint which is about 4 inches by 4 inches which are pretty compact with the feature which has set them to versatile for all the home theatres along with the digital signs or any other embedded industrial uses or even gaming.
First of its kind, quintet of NUC kits named as Bean Canyon which was built around the Coffee Lake-U processors. These ranges from $299 i3-8109U which is at the low end to about $499 i7-8559U which is at the high end. All the chips are made of 28W processors which have Iris Plus graphics of about 128MB of eDRAM memory on its processor list. The eDRAM is said to be primarily there to boost the graphics performance which can also help them a lot in non-graphical workloads as it acts as an enormous cache.
There are five systems for all the kits, which means that they don’t include memory or storage. This is from the processor along with other specs are all quite uniform which are integrated Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, 6 USB ports along with some supporting USB 3.1 generation 2 as well as a microSDXC card reader as well as HDMI 2.0 port. One of the only difference is said to be supported storage in which there are two different heights for the chassis along with the tall one which includes some space for both 2.5-inch drives with M.2.
Next thing is a pair of NUC Mini PCs which was named as Crimson Canyon. These are the complete systems which are a processor, storage, memory as well as an operating system. It also got some unusual internals by which they use Intel’s weird 10nm Cannon Lake i3-8121U. Intel’s 10nm process is said to be bought with difficulties as the company is not expecting volume 10nm production until the second half of the next year. The Intel is now using this new chip in its new systems which suggest that it will yield slowly by improving along with more of the processors which are available than it once did.
As per Intel, this unit will be able to play popular competitive games like League of Legends, TF2, and CS: GO at 1080p.