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Review: Intel Hades Canyon NUC (NUC8i7HVK)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 8 May 2018, 14:31

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Test Methodology

Comparison Systems - Part One

System Name
Model
N300
GB-BNi7HG4-950
GB-BSi5T-6200
GB-BKi5HA-7200
CPU
Intel Celeron N3000
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel Core i5-7200U
CPU Base Clock
1.04GHz
2.6GHz
2.3GHz
2.5GHz
CPU Turbo Clock
2.08GHz
3.5GHz
2.8GHz
3.1GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
2 / 2
4 / 8
2 / 4
2 / 4
CPU TDP / SDP
4W / 3W
45W
15W
15W
Motherboard
ASRock N3000-NUC
Gigabyte MKHM17P
Gigabyte MKLP5BP
Gigabyte MFLP5AP
Memory
Team Group 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB)
Crucial 16GB (2x8GB)
Samsung 32GB (2x16GB)
Kingston HyperX 16GB (2x8GB)
Memory Speed
1,600MHz
2,400MHz
2,133MHz
2,133MHz
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 4GB
Intel HD 520
Intel HD 620
Storage
Team Group 128GB mSATA SSD
512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD
256GB Toshiba NVMe M.2 SSD
240GB Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 SSD
PSU
Asian Power Devices (36W, external)
Delta Electronics (180W, external)
FSP Group (90W, external)
Asian Power Devices (65W, external)
Chassis
ASRock BeeBox
Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD
Gigabyte Brix
Gigabyte Brix S
Operating System
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Date Reviewed
January 2016
October 2016
March 2016
November 2016
Cost As Reviewed
£270
£1,300
£665
£630

Comparison Systems - Part Two

System Name
Model
NUC8i7HVK
NUC5i5RYH
014UK
001EU
CPU
Intel Core i7-8809G
Intel Core i5-5250U
Intel Core i3-7100U
Intel Core i5-7200U
CPU Base Clock
3.10GHz
1.6GHz
2.4GHz
2.4GHz
CPU Turbo Clock
4.20GHz
2.7GHz
-
3.1GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
4 / 8
2 / 4
2 / 4
2 / 4
CPU TDP / SDP
100W
15W
15W
15W
Motherboard
Intel NUC8i7HVB
Intel NUC5i5RYB
MSI MS-B1421
MSI MS-B1581
Memory
Kingston 16GB (2x8GB)
Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 (2x8GB) (added)
SK hynix 4GB DDR4 (1x4GB)
SK hynix 4GB DDR4 (1x4GB)
Memory Speed
3,200MHz
1,600MHz
2,133MHz
2,133MHz
Graphics
Radeon RX Vega M GH
Intel HD 6000
Intel HD 620
Intel HD 620
Storage
128GB Intel Opane 800p
512GB Intel SSD 545s
240GB Crucial M500 SSD
128GB Transcend MTS400 SSD
128GB Intel 600p M.2 SSD
PSU
Intel NUC (230W, external)
Intel NUC (65W, external)
Delta Electronics (65W, external)
Delta Electronics (65W, external)
Chassis
Intel HC NUC
Intel NUC
MSI Cubi 2
MSI Cubi 3 Silent
Operating System
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Date Reviewed
May 2018
April 2015
April 2017
October 2017
Cost As Reviewed
£1,400?
£535
£450
TBC

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.
Memory, Storage and System Benchmarks
AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system idling and under HandBrake video-transcoding load.
Temperature Noted for CPU under HandBrake video-transcoding load.

Notes

We have chosen to compare the latest NUC against a bevy of other small-form-factor systems to pass through the labs in the last two years. Many employ a U-series CPU, prioritising energy efficency over performance, so the obvious comparison, albeit 18 months old, is the Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD that packs a Core i7-6700K chip and discrete GeForce GTX 950M graphics.