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Intel Cannon Lake-based NUC with discrete Radeon GPU coming soon

A leaked photo of the Intel NUC fitted with discrete Radeon GPU. (Source: WinFuture)
A leaked photo of the Intel NUC fitted with discrete Radeon GPU. (Source: WinFuture)
A leaked Crimson Canyon Intel NUC featuring Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake CPU has surfaced in photos and benchmarks. Should it see the light of day as expected, it will be the second new generation Intel NUC to feature AMD graphics.
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Intel’s long overdue 10nm Cannon Lake CPU’s look to be edging closer to release if a leaked Intel NUC unit is anything to go by. The NUC in question also features a discrete GPU, suggesting that it could also offer some reasonable gaming chops. It might not be quite up there with the incoming Hades Canyon NUC, which is powered by AMD’s Vega graphics, but it looks like it will serve up some solid performance for older 3D titles.

The NUC in question is fitted with a Core i3-8121U dual-core Cannon Lake-U processor. Part of the 8th-generation Intel Core series family, the Cannon Lake chips are a 10nm die-shrink of Intel’s Kaby Lake microarchitecture. What sets this NUC apart from even the Hades Canyon NUC is that it is the first to ship with a discrete GPU, in this instance an Radeon 550 mobile GPU fitted with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Twitter user @TUM APISAK managed to run some benchmarks of the NUC8i3CYB, which reveals that it is clocked at 2.2GHz and is fitted with 8 GB of RAM. In terms of its graphics performance in 3DMark, it roughly aligns with the performance of a gaming notebook from circa 2013, which isn’t too bad considering its compact form factor. The NUC8i3CYB is also expected to be joined by at least one other variant, the NUC8I3CYSM3. Both are said to have turned up on online retail stores in listings, but with scant additional info.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-04-21 (Update: 2018-04-21)