The highly unlikely alliance of Intel and AMD gave us the NUC mini PC codenamed Hades Canyon, a compact but very powerful computer that features a massive selection of ports and performance to drool for. However, the most important asset for the NUC was the presence of an Intel processor and paired with a Radeon RX Vega M graphics for increasing scaling in games.
The same thing might get repeated in the coming year, where we might see an improvement on the hardware side, and it looks like we will be getting exactly that. Intel has more NUC PCs codenamed Crimson Canyon that are going to getting released later in the year. So what is going to be so special about these compact computers? They might feature AMD’s Radeon 500 series of GPUs.
Intel Crimson Canyon NUC PCs: Cannon Lake-U CPUs
As per the latest report from WinFuture, the primary changes coming to these compact computers will be on the inside. We could see a chip such as the Intel Core i3-8121U dual-core processor which is working side by side with the AMD Radeon 500 series GPUs. Now how is this going to be different than the Hades Canyon NUC PCs? The Intel and AMD graphics chip were earlier present on the same die.
With the Crimson Canyon NUCs, the processor and GPU are going to be kept separately. That is still quite impressive as Intel will be able to sell very compact form factors of such computers and everyone that needs the CPU and GPU performance upgrade will be looking forward to getting these as their work hardware or just their small entertainment media boxes.
WinFuture reports that Intel is expected to offer at least two Crimson Canyon configurations, including a NUC8I3CYSM2 model and a NUC8I3CYSM3 version. The Cannon Lake-U processors will be made on Intel’s 10nm technology, making them more efficient and hence, perfect for such small form factor PCs.
We can also pray that Thunderbolt 3 will be added to these NUCs because users will then be able to attach eGPUs for upgrading gaming performance or attach multiple monitors and peripherals for more productivity.