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Intel new NUC will be bundled with AMD GPU

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Intel announced new NUCs, which on the outside they looked as the same as the other mainstream NUCs, but these NUCs are interesting becoz they are bundled with AMD's RX540X 2GB.




These NUCs are bundling Whiskey Lake-U quad-core processor, i7-8565U/i5-8265U, with AMD RX540X. Other features include HDMI 2.1, mini Display Port 1.2 outputs, three USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, Gigabit Ethernet, an SDXC card reader,and Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (Bluetooth 5+802.11ac), but no Thunderbolt 3 ports. 



But there is one weird point about these new NUCs. These NUCs will come with 8GB 8GB LPDDR3 dual-channel memory, which are soldered down onto the motherboard. It is still unclear if there will be any memory slots on these NUCs.


Pricing and release date is still TBA for these NUCs.



Intel Core i7-8565U
•    NUC8i7INHJA: 16 GB Intel Optane Memory + 1 TB HDD
•    NUC8i7INHPA: 256 GB SSD
•    NUC8i7INHX: no storage included, no OS (M.2 SSD slot + 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bay) 
•    NUC8i7INHZ6 (China specific): 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD (no OS)
•    NUC8i7INHP6 (China specific): 256 GB SSD (no OS)

Intel Core i5-8265U
•    NUC8i5INHJA: 16 GB Intel Optane Memory + 1 TB HDD
•    NUC8i5INHPA: 256 GB SSD
•    NUC8i5INHX: no storage included, no OS (M.2 SSD slot + 2.5-inch SSD/HDD bay)
•    NUC8i5INHP6 (China Specific): 256 GB (no OS)

Other features that come standard with all models include:
•    HDMI 2.0b and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 video outs
•    3x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2, 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports
•    Dual Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 + Intel GbE
•    SDXC card slot
•    Headphone / mic audio jack1145678463_Screenshotfrom2019-05-2222-14-18.png.0d763a9b7a74442231f5ba1e47cc66f3.png2099002122_Screenshotfrom2019-05-2222-14-44.png.4d308fc651f50c392bd31c92ac019f30.png











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Basically the same as the last NUCs, which had some "Vega" cores that were really Polaris 

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I read AMD cpu and was like "wuuuuuutttttttt????"

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36 minutes ago, CarlBar said:

WTH is a NUC?

brick PC/thinclient, that sort of thing.



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540X? That won't be god for a whole lot. Probably not much better than Iris graphics tbh. 

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35 minutes ago, mr moose said:

brick PC/thinclient, that sort of thing.



Intel NUC's are very popular for office computers where pure performance isn't a top requirement; I got one at work when my company's IT department got around to replacing my desktop PC.

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2 hours ago, DrMacintosh said:

Probably not much better than Iris graphics tbh. 

I doubt that.

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3 hours ago, DrMacintosh said:

540X? That won't be god for a whole lot. Probably not much better than Iris graphics tbh. 

I initially thought the same, but the 540X is more potent than I had originally realized. Fire Strike graphics score on a Radeon 540X in a ruggedized Dell Latitude is ~3850 points as tested by NotebookCheck, whereas the Intel Iris Plus 655 in an Intel NUC with the Core i7 8559U scored ~2260. That is an around 70% jump in performance, and it's worth mentioning that the Iris Plus 655 is also Intel's best iGPU at the moment.


Gaming performance yields similar gains, though there were some anomalies such as Fortnite. I'd list them here, but it would get too cluttered up. It can handle 720p casual gaming, though this isn't the NUC's purpose. Now that I mention anomalies, there were also some anomalies in other areas of testing such as the rugged Dell only doing half the graphics score in Time Spy that the Acer did, despite the Fire Strike graphics score being 300 points higher on the Dell. I'd probably chalk that down to testing issues.


Not to mention the fact that these NUCs feature Intel UHD 620s as their iGPUs, which perform around half as well as the 8559U's Iris Plus 655.

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