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Intel hints at Ghost Canyon X NUCs with 8-core i9 H-series CPUs

The more affordable Frost Canyon X NUCs are scheduled for a Q3 2019 release, while the premium Ghost Canyon X models will not be available before the start of 2020.  (Source: Intel)
The more affordable Frost Canyon X NUCs are scheduled for a Q3 2019 release, while the premium Ghost Canyon X models will not be available before the start of 2020. (Source: Intel)
Intel is planning to release refreshed NUC kits in 2019. A couple of leaked slides reveal that there will be a premium lineup (Ghost Canyon X) with 45 W CPUs that can get up to 8 cores and 16 threads, plus three more affordable family (Frost Canyon X) with 25 W CPUs that can get up to 6 cores and 12 threads. These new kits will be available towards the end of 2019.

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According to a couple of leaked slides coming directly from Intel, the NUC lineup of mini PCs is expected to be refreshed with 9th gen Coffee Lake-H and Comet Lake-U CPUs featuring TDPs up to 45 W. The H-series CPUs will power the Ghost Canyon X models, while the U-series will be included with the Frost Canyon X variants.

Intel will market the Ghost Canyon X models as the premium versions that will be powered by a new series of processors called Core 9000-H. This new series will include an 8-core / 16-thread CPU with the i9 denominator, a 6-core / 12-thread CPU with the i7 denominator and a 4-core / 8-thread CPU with the i5 denominator. All three CPUs will get 45 W TDP ratings and will integrate the latest UHD Graphics GPUs, however, frequencies are currently unknown. As far as connectors are concerned, there will be support for a PCIe x16 slot, 2X M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 plus Optane memory compatibility, 3X HDMI 2.0a outputs, 2X Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 8X USB-A ports.

The Frost Canyon X variants will be powered by the 25 W CPUs from the Comet Lake-U family. These are slightly less powerful CPUs that come with a maximum of 6 cores and 12 threads (the i7 model).  There will also be an i5 model with 4 cores and 8 threads, and an i3 model with only 2 cores and 4 threads,as well. The other specs are identical to the Ghost Canyon models.

Pricing information is not yet available, but the slides indicate that the Frost Canyon X models would become available in Q3 2019, whereas the Ghost Canyon X could be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-12- 7 (Update: 2018-12- 7)
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.