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Rumor | Intel NUC gaming Ghost Canyon and Phantom Canyon on schedule for 2020-2021 launch according to new leak

Intel NUC gaming Ghost Canyon and Phantom Canyon on schedule for 2020-2021 launch according to new leak
Intel NUC gaming Ghost Canyon and Phantom Canyon on schedule for 2020-2021 launch according to new leak
The next generation Intel mini PCs will purportedly drop Kaby Lake-G and Radeon graphics in favor of 9th gen Coffee Lake-H, Tiger Lake-U, and dedicated Nvidia Turing graphics with a custom vapor chamber cooling solution. The non-gaming Frost Canyon and Quartz Canyon NUCs are expected to launch in between the gaming NUCs.

Intel launched its 2018 Hades Canyon NUC early last year to replace the 2017 Skull Canyon. Unlike the Iris-powered 2017 model, Hades Canyon sports a unique Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G CPU with a TDP of up to 100 W for significantly better gaming performance.

With Kaby Lake-G winding down, however, Intel has been quiet on the eventual Hades Canyon successor. The latest rumors from Chiphell are claiming that Ghost Canyon will launch in 2019-2020 to supplant Hades Canyon with Phanton Canyon following shortly thereafter in 2020-2021. Leaked screenshots reveal that these systems will be unlikely to support Kaby Lake-G and will instead ship with more traditional Intel CPUs. Ghost Canyon and Phantom Canyon are expected to come with the unlocked 45 W Core i9-9980HK and a yet-to-be-named 28 W Tiger Lake-U CPU, respectively.

The new rumors line up with older Ghost Canyon rumors a few months ago that also claimed Nvidia GPUs in lieu of Radeon. Options will probably be the discrete GTX 1660 Ti to RTX 2060 range which would be a healthy boost over the RX Vega M GH in the Core i7-8809G. We suspect that NUCs in the farther future will use Intel GPUs to be a "full Intel" gaming product.

Meanwhile, the consumer-oriented Frost Canyon and workstation-oriented Quartz Canyon NUCs are expected to offer 25 W Comet Lake-U and 45 W Coffee Lake-H Core i7-9750H or Xeon E-2286M CPUs, respectively. The Frost Canyon NUC will supposedly continue the familiar 4x4 Intel NUC form factor while Quartz Canyon may introduce a completely new design in order to house a PCIe slot for a dedicated graphics card.

Phantom Canyon concept specifications
Phantom Canyon concept specifications
Phantom Canyon concept renders
Phantom Canyon concept renders
Larger NUC with PCIe GPU slot concept renders
Larger NUC with PCIe GPU slot concept renders
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Allen Ngo, 2019-08-11 (Update: 2019-08-12)
Allen Ngo
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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.