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Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7BEH (i7-8559U) Mini PC Review

Allen Ngo 👁, 11/13/2018

Now with Coffee Lake-U and Thunderbolt 3. Intel has refreshed its lineup of NUC mini PCs under the brand new Bean Canyon platform that integrates Iris Plus graphics and a Coffee Lake-U CPU. Results are as expected with CPU performance most similar to the i7-8550U but with greatly improved GPU performance over the UHD Graphics 620.

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NUC8ixBEK (left) vs. NUC8ixBEH (right)
NUC8ixBEK (left) vs. NUC8ixBEH (right)

Announced back in August, retailers are now beginning to ship the next generation of Intel NUC8ixBE mini PCs under the brand new Bean Canyon platform. The series will replace the existing NUC7ixBN series that shipped with outdated ULV Kaby Lake CPUs. Unlike the common Kaby Lake-R i5-8250U or i7-8550U, these new Coffee Lake-U CPUs integrate Iris graphics for much faster GPU performance than most Ultrabooks.

Intel is currently offering five different SKUs of the new family as described below. Other than the swap in processors, the chassis of these models are nearly identical to the last generation NUC7ixBN series. Our test model today is the higher-end NUC8i7BEH configuration designed to compete directly with low-power mini PCs or HTPCs like the Zotac ZBox-CI660 Nano or Chuwi GBox CWI560.

The NUC ships as a barebones kit and so we have equipped our unit with 32 GB of DDR4 PC4-21300 RAM and a 2.5-inch 120 GB SATA II SSD for testing purposes.

More Intel NUC and mini PC reviews:

Intel NUC8i7BEHi7-8559UM.2 + 2.5-inch SATA
Intel NUC8i5BEKi5-8259UM.2 only
Intel NUC8i5BEHi5-8259UM.2 + 2.5-inch SATA
Intel NUC8i3BEKi3-8109UM.2 only
Intel NUC8i3BEHi3-8109UM.2 + 2.5-inch SATA
Intel NUC8i7BE
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, DDR4, 24.20.100.6286
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR4 PC4-21300, Dual-Channel
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cannon Point-LP PCH - cAVS (Audio, Video, Speech)
Connections
5 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 Infrared, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 51 x 115 x 111 ( = 2.01 x 4.53 x 4.37 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
36 Months Warranty
Weight
683 g ( = 24.09 oz / 1.51 pounds), Power Supply: 386 g ( = 13.62 oz / 0.85 pounds)
Price
480 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The chassis skeleton and dimensions are identical to the last generation NUC7CJYH. The weight of the new model is a bit heavier this time around only because we included the weight of our installed SSD and two SODIMM modules.

Connectivity

Port options are again identical to the last generation model but with one major change. Intel has swapped out the second HDMI port on the rear for the oft requested Thunderbolt 3 port. Since Thunderbolt is one of the most versatile ports out there, we're sure most users will welcome the change.

Front: DMIC, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 2, 3.5 mm combo audio, CIR, Power button
Front: DMIC, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 2, 3.5 mm combo audio, CIR, Power button
Right: No connectivity
Right: No connectivity
Rear: AC adapter, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit RJ-45, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 2, Thunderbolt 3
Rear: AC adapter, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit RJ-45, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 2, Thunderbolt 3
Left: Kensington Lock, MicroSD reader
Left: Kensington Lock, MicroSD reader

SD Card Reader

The spring-loaded SD reader is as fast as the reader on the pricier Hades Canyon NUC and about twice as fast as the SD reader on the Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano. It's slightly disappointing to not see a full-size SD reader since the Skull Canyon NUC was able to integrate one.

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SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81 MB/s ∼100% +17%
Intel NUC8i7BE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
69 MB/s ∼85%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.52 MB/s ∼44% -49%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35 MB/s ∼43% -49%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
88.27 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Intel NUC8i7BE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
85.02 MB/s ∼96%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
42.73 MB/s ∼48% -50%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.73 MB/s ∼43% -56%

Communication

Non-removable WLAN module
Non-removable WLAN module

It's only natural for an Intel mini PC to use an Intel WLAN module. The Intel 9260 is capable of transfer rates of up to 1.73 Gbps compared to just half that on the 8260. Most home networks are not equipped to take advantage of such fast speeds and so the 9260 can be considered future-proof. Our recorded transfer rates below are much slower than the theoretical maximum since our server is limited by a 1 Gbps line.

BIOS menu
BIOS menu
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
602 MBit/s ∼100%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
591 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
301 MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
292 MBit/s ∼49% -51%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
553 MBit/s ∼100%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
376 MBit/s ∼68% -32%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
243 MBit/s ∼44% -56%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
218 MBit/s ∼39% -61%

Maintenance

Both the top and bottom plates can be removed without any tools. Removing the bottom plate exposes the two SODIMM slots, M.2 slot, and 2.5-inch SATA III bay for accepting drives up to 9.5 mm thick. Access to the CPU, battery, and cooling solution requires additional disassembly. The smaller NUC8i3BEK and NUC8i5BEK SKUs lack the 2.5-inch SATA bay.

The official Intel technical manual can be found here.

Bottom cover attached to the motherboard via a SATA cable
Bottom cover attached to the motherboard via a SATA cable
Installed SODIMM modules
Installed SODIMM modules

Accessories and Warranty

Included extras are a removable VESA mounting bracket (80 mm and 100 mm), extra screws, and a Quick Start guide.

Intel offers three-year international limited warranty for its NUC products as standard.

Performance

Processor

The quad-core Core i7-8559U has nearly twice the TDP of a quad-core i7-8550U (28 W vs. 15 W) and a significantly faster base clock rate (2.7 GHz vs. 1.8 GHz). Actual CPU performance, however, is mixed because the NUC is unable to sustain Turbo Boost clock rates for very long.

By running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, we can observe how CPU performance changes over time. Our graph below shows our i7-8559U starting out strongly with a score of 808 points to best even the Core i7-7700HQ as found on many gaming laptops. Unfortunately, performance degrades very quickly and its score subsequently drops by about 17 percent during the second loop. The final result is a processor that only edges out the i7-8550U by a tinier margin than we had hoped. The initial burst in performance is short-lived and we investigate this further in our Stress Test section below.

Raw CPU performance is still faster than both the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U even after accounting for the performance throttling.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8559U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Intel NUC8i7BE Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø665 (657.41-808.08)
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø857 (853.53-862.44)
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4 UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø588 (570.26-651.27)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
180 Points ∼83%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
178 Points ∼82% -1%
Dell Latitude 5591
Intel Core i7-8850H
178 Points ∼82% -1%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼74% -11%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Core i7-8550U
156 Points ∼72% -13%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
155 Points ∼71% -14%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
153 Points ∼70% -15%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼67% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
141 Points ∼65% -22%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
139 Points ∼64% -23%
HP Pavilion 15-cw0003ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
124 Points ∼57% -31%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
117 Points ∼54% -35%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
77 Points ∼35% -57%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5591
Intel Core i7-8850H
1008 Points ∼23% +50%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
864 Points ∼20% +29%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
738 Points ∼17% +10%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
714 Points ∼16% +6%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
711 Points ∼16% +6%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Core i7-8550U
678 Points ∼15% +1%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
672 Points ∼15%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
613 Points ∼14% -9%
HP Pavilion 15-cw0003ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
606 (min: 417.88, max: 605.96) Points ∼14% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
383 (min: 377, max: 385) Points ∼9% -43%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
336 Points ∼8% -50%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
298 Points ∼7% -56%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
144 Points ∼3% -79%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
2.17 Points ∼89%
Dell Latitude 5591
Intel Core i7-8850H
2 Points ∼82% -8%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
1.99 Points ∼82% -8%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼75% -15%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
1.75 Points ∼72% -19%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
1.66 Points ∼68% -24%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.64 Points ∼67% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
1.54 Points ∼63% -29%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
1.33 Points ∼55% -39%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
0.85 Points ∼35% -61%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5591
Intel Core i7-8850H
10.95 Points ∼40% +50%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
9.41 Points ∼35% +29%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.13 Points ∼30% +11%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
7.76 Points ∼29% +6%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
7.58 Points ∼28% +4%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
7.32 Points ∼27%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
6.05 Points ∼22% -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
4.09 Points ∼15% -44%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
3.26 Points ∼12% -55%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
1.39 Points ∼5% -81%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
7249 Points ∼67%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
6824 Points ∼63% -6%
Dell Latitude 5591
Intel Core i7-8850H
6693 Points ∼62% -8%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
6668 Points ∼62% -8%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5940 Points ∼55% -18%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
5641 Points ∼52% -22%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
5536 Points ∼51% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
5010 Points ∼46% -31%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
4481 Points ∼41% -38%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
2085 Points ∼19% -71%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell Latitude 5591
Intel Core i7-8850H
31284 Points ∼63% +35%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
25809 Points ∼52% +11%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
23215 Points ∼47%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21943 Points ∼44% -5%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
21587 Points ∼43% -7%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
21075 Points ∼42% -9%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
18579 Points ∼37% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
11403 Points ∼23% -51%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
9949 Points ∼20% -57%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
3500 Points ∼7% -85%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
1041.79 s * ∼12% -344%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
558 s * ∼7% -138%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
492 s * ∼6% -110%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
234.569 s * ∼3%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
234.224 s * ∼3% -0%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
225.673 s * ∼3% +4%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
224.4 s * ∼3% +4%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
186.66 s * ∼2% +20%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
1245.12 Seconds * ∼6% -168%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
 
660.718 Seconds * ∼3% -42%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Core i5-6260U
660 Seconds * ∼3% -42%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
626 Seconds * ∼3% -35%
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
551.6 Seconds * ∼2% -19%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Core i7-6770HQ
538.979 Seconds * ∼2% -16%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
484.864 Seconds * ∼2% -4%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
464.06 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7836
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
23215
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
7249
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.32 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
52.2 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.17 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
180 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
83.51 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
672 Points
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System Performance

As expected, PCMark benchmarks rank our NUC8i7BEH in between the slower Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano and faster Hades Canyon NUC. We suspect that scores could have been higher had we equipped our test unit with a SATA III or NVMe SSD. Nonetheless, system performance is fluid and we experienced no crashes or errors during our time with the unit.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
5598 Points ∼56% +40%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
4007 Points ∼40%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
2939 Points ∼30% -27%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
990 Points ∼10% -75%
Productivity
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
7915 Points ∼82% +9%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
7236 Points ∼75%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
6481 Points ∼67% -10%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
3289 Points ∼34% -55%
Essentials
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
9125 Points ∼86% +1%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
8994 Points ∼84%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
8051 Points ∼75% -10%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
4188 Points ∼39% -53%
Score
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
5301 Points ∼68% +16%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
4580 Points ∼59%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
3837 Points ∼49% -16%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
1136 Points ∼15% -75%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
5454 Points ∼84%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Iris Graphics 540, 6260U, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
4588 Points ∼70%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
3188 Points ∼49%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
6457 Points ∼68%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Iris Graphics 540, 6260U, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
4395 Points ∼46%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
2212 Points ∼23%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
4833 Points ∼79% +3%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
4674 Points ∼77%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Iris Graphics 540, 6260U, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
3667 Points ∼60% -22%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
3594 Points ∼59% -23%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
2084 Points ∼34% -55%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4674 points
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GPU Performance

The i7-8559U is paired with the same Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU as found on the 2018 MacBook Pro 13 and our 3DMark results confirm that both perform similarly in terms of graphics horsepower. Users can expect GPU performance to be about 10 to 20 percent faster than the aging GeForce 940MX and about 35 to 50 percent slower than a 25 W GeForce MX150. The UHD Graphics 620 as found on nearly every Ultrabook within the past two years is about 50 percent slower.

Gaming performance is similar to the GeForce 940MX or MX130 meaning that most modern titles are generally unplayable at 1080p. The GPU is primarily designed for light editing work and undemanding games like Rocket League or League of Legends.

See our dedicated page on the Iris Plus Graphics 655 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Time Spy
Time Spy
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, 8809G
10391 Points ∼57% +302%
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
NVIDIA Quadro P3000,
8076 Points ∼45% +213%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4354 Points ∼24% +69%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
2934 Points ∼16% +14%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
2784 Points ∼15% +8%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (2583 - 2683, n=2)
2633 Points ∼15% +2%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
2583 Points ∼14%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
2517 (min: 2509, max: 2525) Points ∼14% -3%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2395 Points ∼13% -7%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Iris Graphics 540, 6260U
2198 Points ∼12% -15%
HP Pavilion 15-cw0003ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2155 Points ∼12% -17%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1838 Points ∼10% -29%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1410 Points ∼8% -45%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
593 Points ∼3% -77%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Zotac ZBOX-QK7P3000
NVIDIA Quadro P3000,
14483 Points ∼28% +370%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, 8809G
14302 Points ∼28% +364%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4686 Points ∼9% +52%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
3220 Points ∼6% +5%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
3081 Points ∼6%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (3044 - 3081, n=2)
3063 Points ∼6% -1%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
3044 Points ∼6% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
2761.5 (min: 2743, max: 2780) Points ∼5% -10%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2613 Points ∼5% -15%
HP Pavilion 15-cw0003ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2381 Points ∼5% -23%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Iris Graphics 540, 6260U
2322 Points ∼5% -25%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
2124 Points ∼4% -31%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1769 Points ∼3% -43%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
579 Points ∼1% -81%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, 8809G
2908 Points ∼22% +359%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
633 Points ∼5%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (624 - 633, n=2)
629 Points ∼5% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
555 Points ∼4% -12%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
413 Points ∼3% -35%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, 8809G
10248 Points ∼25% +353%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3712 Points ∼9% +64%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
2430 Points ∼6% +8%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
2260 Points ∼6%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (2070 - 2260, n=2)
2165 Points ∼5% -4%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2069 Points ∼5% -8%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
1903 Points ∼5% -16%
HP Pavilion 15-cw0003ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
1715 Points ∼4% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
1698 Points ∼4% -25%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Iris Graphics 540, 6260U
1479 Points ∼4% -35%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1369 Points ∼3% -39%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
448 Points ∼1% -80%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, 8809G
59162 Points ∼32% +254%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
21586 Points ∼12% +29%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
16698 Points ∼9%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (14343 - 16698, n=2)
15521 Points ∼8% -7%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
14809 Points ∼8% -11%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
14594 Points ∼8% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
13153 Points ∼7% -21%
Intel NUC6i5SYH
Intel Iris Graphics 540, 6260U
11893 Points ∼6% -29%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
11232 Points ∼6% -33%
HP Pavilion 15-cw0003ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
11226 Points ∼6% -33%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
10816 Points ∼6% -35%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
3513 Points ∼2% -79%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, 8809G
282345 Points ∼39%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
98218 Points ∼13%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
16594 Points ∼2%
3DMark Vantage P Result
12093 points
3DMark 11 Performance
3349 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
87906 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13037 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2040 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1011 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
722 points
Help
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 116.664.85517fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 39.222.310.88.9fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 19.411.310.5fps
Rocket League (2017) 133.359.138.8fps

Emissions

System Noise

The system fan tends to pulsate between 29 dB(A) and 32 dB(A) during low loads on the High Performance profile setting. The results are comparable to most Ultrabooks if not a tad louder, but users would be less likely to notice on the NUC since mini PCs tend to sit farther away from the user.

Higher loads like gaming will bump fan noise to 39 dB(A) which is again slightly louder than most Ultrabooks under similar conditions. Because of throttling, however, fan noise when gaming may eventually drop to just 34 dB(A) and so the louder fan would only be temporary during the first few seconds of stress. The system is quieter than the last generation Skull Canyon in all cases.

Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8559U
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, 8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
Noise
-1%
-7%
7%
1%
off / environment *
28.7
28.7
-0%
29.5
-3%
27.9
3%
29.6
-3%
Idle Minimum *
28.7
29
-1%
31.6
-10%
27.9
3%
29.6
-3%
Idle Average *
29.3
29
1%
32.2
-10%
27.9
5%
29.6
-1%
Idle Maximum *
31.8
29
9%
32.3
-2%
29.3
8%
29.6
7%
Load Average *
39
36
8%
43
-10%
32
18%
36.7
6%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39
42
-8%
32.5
17%
Load Maximum *
41.4
49.4
-19%
43.2
-4%
39.3
5%
46.7
-13%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
28.7 / 29.3 / 31.8 dB(A)
Load
39 / 41.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.7 dB(A)

Temperature

Surface temperatures when idling are in the low 20 C range while higher processing stress can cause hot spots to become as warm as 30 C. The rear ventilation grilles can be up to 55 C and so we don't recommend impeding airflow or standing the system on its side against its many grilles.

System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (back)
System idle (back)
Prime95+FurMark stress (front)
Prime95+FurMark stress (front)
Prime95+FurMark stress (back)
Prime95+FurMark stress (back)

We run synthetic loads to stress the system and identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When subjected to Prime95 load, the CPU can be observed running as fast as 4.0 GHz before hitting a temperature ceiling of 88 C. Thereafter, clock rate immediately drops to a steady 2.9 GHz to maintain a cooler core temperature of 74 C as shown by our screenshot below. When considering that the base clock rate of the i7-8559U is 2.7 GHz, this means that the NUC is only able to sustain a Turbo Boost clock of just +200 MHz with only a temporary boost to 4.0 GHz for just the first initial few seconds. The results line up with our CineBench loop test above where performance is fastest during the start of the test before immediately dropping. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will throttle both the CPU and GPU.

Running Witcher 3 is more representative of real-world gaming loads. Core temperature remains steady at 76 C, but a maximum of 90 C can be recorded during the first minute of our test to suggest that throttling is involved to maintain a core temperature in the 70 C range.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 34
Prime95 Stress 2.9 -- 74
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.0 750 72
Witcher 3 Stress 1.8 1100 76

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption when idling on desktop ranges from 3 W to 7 W or almost half of a laptop since there is no display. When under higher loads, consumption will jump to 47 W or higher.

The highest consumption we can record is 78 W from the small (~12.3 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm) 90 W AC adapter when running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously. Because of throttling, however, the system is unable to maintain a consumption of 78 W and it eventually stabilizes at just under 50 W to mirror our observations when running the CineBench R15 Multi-Thread loop test. Our NUC is not even able to run the first benchmark scene of 3DMark 06 at a steady clock rate to show poor Turbo Boost sustainability when gaming.

Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption is highest for the first few seconds before immediately dropping
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption is highest for the first few seconds before immediately dropping
3DMark 06. Consumption is highest for the first few seconds before immediately dropping
3DMark 06. Consumption is highest for the first few seconds before immediately dropping
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.73 / 0.88 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.7 / 3.1 / 6.3 Watt
Load midlight 59.7 / 78 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Intel NUC8i7BE
8559U, Iris Plus Graphics 655, , , x,
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
8809G, Vega M GH, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA, , x,
Intel NUC6i5SYH
6260U, Iris Graphics 540, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL, , x, 0
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G, , x,
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.9
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
2700U, Vega 10, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-235%
-64%
-106%
-27%
-59%
Idle Minimum *
2.7
15.5
-474%
8.7
-222%
9.7
-259%
3.3
-22%
5.4
-100%
Idle Average *
3.1
16.2
-423%
8.7
-181%
9.8
-216%
6.8
-119%
9.8
-216%
Idle Maximum *
6.3
16.5
-162%
8.7
-38%
11.8
-87%
9.5
-51%
11.3
-79%
Load Average *
59.7
83.4
-40%
18.2
70%
51.6
14%
40.8
32%
29.3
51%
Load Maximum *
78
173.5
-122%
36.6
53%
63.2
19%
57
27%
38.5
51%
Witcher 3 ultra *
47.2
135.5
-187%

* ... smaller is better

Verdict

Pros

+ easy access to RAM and storage (NVMe PCIe x4)
+ strong initial burst of Turbo Boost
+ 3-year limited warranty standard
+ 1.73 Gbps WLAN standard
+ Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps)
+ compact design
+ MicroSD reader
+ IR receiver

Cons

- small CPU performance advantage over the i7-8550U
- cannot stand vertically without blocking ventilation
- still requires an external power brick
- Turbo Boost is short-lived
- no full-size SD reader
In review: Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7BEH. Test model provided by Intel
In review: Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7BEH. Test model provided by Intel

Users can expect a general performance level very close to that of the last generation Skull Canyon NUC while running quieter, cooler, and for a cheaper starting price. The addition of Thunderbolt 3 means users can pair the system with an external graphics dock for gaming or other demanding tasks to further expand the versatility of the system.

The NUC8 series will be notable for its Coffee Lake-U CPU options and results are more mixed in this regard. The Iris Plus Graphics 655 is 5 to 30 percent faster than an AMD Vega 10 provided that you equip the NUC with dual-channel RAM, but CPU performance is not all that much better than the less expensive i7-8550U. Its higher TDP is mostly for powering the Iris GPU and so the CPU benefits little from the higher TDP ceiling save for the initial short-lived burst of Turbo Boost speeds.

For 4K streaming and HTPC purposes, a cheaper ZBox or NUC7 mini PC with the i5-8250U or i7-8550U would be sufficient. The NUC8 is best for those who will exploit the Thunderbolt 3 port and push the Iris Plus graphics to its full potential.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-11-13 (Update: 2018-11-13)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.