Intel has quietly presented its new Intel NUC Crimson Canyon models with Cannon Lake-U processors manufactured in 10nm, two miniPC with reference NUC8i3CYSN and NUC8i3CYSM that only differs in the amount of RAM installed by default, the first with 4GB and the second with 8GB. In these NUC we also find a dedicated Radeon 540 GPU as found in laptops, a different solution to the Kaby Lake-G processors that integrate in the same package a Radeon RX Vega M GPU that we saw in the review of the super powerful Intel Hades Canyon.
Processor, RAM and storage
These new Intel NUC Crimson Canyon assemble the Intel Core i3-8121U a chip manufactured in the new 10nm process, that has two cores and four threads with a base speed of 2.4 GHz and turbo mode of 3.2 GHz. Independent to the processor we find a dedicated Radeon 540 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a hardware that can allow us to play somewhat demanding games in medium / low settings at 1080 / 720p. As storage models mount a 2.5 “disk and an Optane compatible M.2 unit with PCIe 4x interface, both models have active ventilation.
At the level of communications we have an M.2 card (CNVio) mounted that has Dual Band aC Wifi 9560D2W with integrated Bluetooth 5.0, a wireless adapter that allows us speeds of up to 1.73 Gbps. At conectivity level we have a Gigabit Ethernet connector, four USB 3.0 ports, one of them charging, front audio jack, front CIR infrared receiver, rear audio jack with digital audio output, SDXC card reader, two HDMI 2.0b ports which allows video output up to 4K @ 60fps resolutions with HDR support and allows 7.1 audio.
Price and availability
- We will find these models on Amazon.com at a price between €$600 depending on the selected configuration.