Intel is looking to upgrade their NUC lineup with the new Coffee lake-H refresh for distribution in 2019-20. Coffee lake-H will be accompanied by the Comet Lake-U processors built NUCs in the same time-period. Dubbed as Ghost Canyon X and Frost Canyon X, these new systems will continue Intel’s portable PC offering as competition from AMD gets more and more fierce.
The i7 and i9 based lineups are somewhat different from the mid-range and entry-level i5s and will be mostly available in the Ghost Canyon X form. The lower-end models also have a more diverse range of options to choose from. Furthermore, all the i5s will feature four cores an eight threads, while the i9s and i7s increase that count up to 8C/16T and 6C/12T, respectively.
The top-end models come with a PCIe 16x-based expansion slot, but the rest are limited to Intel’s UHD iGPU. All these NUCs have a memory limit of 32 GB, and will be compatible with Intel’s new Optane memory.
Lastly all these systems are TDP capped at 45W for the higher-end ones and a measly 25W for the lower end i3 and i7-based NUCs. As of now, there’s no word on the prices, but the Ghost Canyon X and Frost Canyon X NUCs will be available by the last quarter of 2019.