Intel's diminutive NUC updated with new Core chips and Radeon Vega graphics

Intel's diminutive NUC updated with new Core chips and Radeon Vega graphics


The chip maker has also launched the latest and most powerful Intel® NUC created to complement the latest processor. It has an 8th-gen quad-core 100W Intel Core i7-8809G 3.1GHz with 4.2GHz turbo mode, and is "unlocked and VR-capable".

The latest NUC comes in two versions as well, the NUC8i7HVK and the NUC8i7HNK. It's also the only one of these processors that has the CPU, GPU, and HBM2 unlocked; possibly making it one of the only unlocked Intel processors without the -HK suffix.

Intel shed more light on its eighth generation Core chips with AMD Radeon Vega graphics, marking a notable partnership between the CPU rivals.

HP's new convertible Spectre 15 X360 laptops come in various configurations, including Intel's recently announced joint venture to include Radeon RX Vega M graphics in its chips. The built-in Vega M GPU comes with up to 24 compute units and support for up to six displays. The collaboration between the two processing powerhouses helps bring the best of both worlds into the new chip.

The first set of notebooks powered by Intel's G-series CPU can be expected to launch in the second quarter of 2018. They also use Intel's Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology, which the release described as "a high-speed intelligent information bridge between the GPU and HBM2 and reduces the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of discrete components implemented separately".

The product link provided points directly to the HP Spectre x360 15, with Intel Core i7 8705G processor.

At CES 2018, touted benchmarks show the devices keeping pace with a computer using a Core i7-7700HQ and Nvidia's Max-Q version of its mid-range GeForce 1080 GPU. Improved for little frame factors like 2-in-1s, thin and light scratch pad, and smaller than normal PCs, this first-of-its-kind processor could trigger a spate of tiny and lightweight gaming workstations. They'll be available on March 18 and will retail for $1370. The Core i5 model features four Hyper-Threaded cores operating at a 2.8GHz base frequency and accompanies 6MB of L3 cache.

Whatever the reality, it's a mighty fine high-wire act Intel are going to have to perform with their Vega M G-series CPUs.

Intel might be receiving a lot of flak lately for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but the chip maker is unfazed and continues moving forward against all odds.

  • Terrell Bush