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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
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1535 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-12- 7 (Update: 2018-12- 7)