Intel Islay Canyon NUC 8 Mini PC Packing Coffee Lake CPUs and AMD Radeon RX 540X GPU Launched

A few retailers have begun selling the NUC 8 Mini PC by Intel, codenamed Islay Canyon. The ultra-small form factor PCs pack Intel’s eighth Gen Core i5/i7 processors, and on the GPU side an AMD Radeon RX 540X (surprise!), and is aimed towards professionals.

The Intel NUC8i5INH/NUC8i7INH PCs come in the traditional 4.6-inch × 4.4-inch frame and is controlled by Intel’s Core i5-8265U/Core i7-8565U CPUs paired with the Radeon 540X 2GB discrete GPU (based on Polaris). These NUCs are outfitted with 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866/2133 DRAM.

The key selling highlight of Intel’s NUC 8 Mainstream-G frameworks is a blend of Intel’s Core i5-8265U/Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake, 15 W) and AMD’s discrete Radeon 540X that perform much better than Intel’s UHD 630 Graphics in 3D applications, however, there is a catch. As far as media playback is concerned, Intel’s advanced iGPUs have various advantages over AMD Polaris, which incorporates VP9 10-bit unravel, support for complex copyright assurance techniques that require Intel’s SGX, etc.

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Contingent upon accurate model, various forms of Intel’s NUC 8 will come furnished with Intel’s Optane SSDs or a 128GB/256 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, alongside a 1 TB 2.5-in hard drive.

For connectivity, Intel’s NUC 8 Mainstream-G PCs support Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 arrangement that supports up to 1.73 Gbps throughput more than 160 MHz channels. On the wired side of things, the PCs have one GbE (I219-V), two ports (DP 1.2, HDMI 2.0b), three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector, a 3.5-mm sound connector for headsets, etc.

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Driving retailers, for example, Amazon, Newegg, Walmart, and SimplyNUC, as of now sell the new NUC8i5INH/NUC8i7INH PCs for $772 – $1075 depending upon the configuration. Thinking about evaluating of the frameworks, it isn’t totally clear how Intel is situating its Islay Canyon NUCs against its very own Bean Canyon machines that are estimated correspondingly, yet they highlight higher CPU execution, comparative GPU execution, and a superior list of capabilities with regards to media playback.

Purchase Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC on Amazon.com

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