Intel launches smallest VR-capable system ever

Federico Mansilla
Enero 13, 2018

Codenamed "Hades Canyon", the new Intel NUC comes in two versions, the NUC8i7HVK and the NUC8i7HNK and is packed with Intel's new 8th-gen core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega Graphics.

"The new Intel NUC (formerly code-named Hades Canyon) brings this powerful new processor and graphics solution into an incredibly tiny 1.20-liter system".

"Great for VR enthusiasts and workload-heavy content creators, it will be Intel's smallest premium VR-capable system in the market", Intel said. Intel and AMD have yet to reveal the list of laptops that will be powered by the new chips and GPU, but more information is expected to be revealed in the coming months. Not too shabby for a system that measures just 221mm x 142mm x 39mm.

The NUC8i7HVK is based on the unlocked version of the new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics, giving overclockers the ability to take the system to higher levels.

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The Radeon RX Vega M GH packs 24 Compute Units (CUs) for a total of 1536 Stream Processors while the Radeon RX Vega M GL has 20 CUs or 1280 Stream Processors. This is the model that Intel is pitching as being VR-ready. More connectivity options are found on the front, including USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports (one each, both Type-A), two USB 3.1 Type-C, another HDMI port, and a memory card reader. Both variants will also have a RAID-0 and RAID-1 capable SDXC slot and dual-channel DDR4-2400+ SODIMMs RAM capable of holding up to 32GB of memory.

In order to enable smooth and fast connectivity, Intel implemented dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and also dual Gigabit Ethernet ports as well.

Considering that the eight generation of the Core i5 and i7 were meant to be the best that Intel can offer in the H-Series, fans can expect them to be featured in numerous upcoming laptops within the year.

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