10nm Cannon Lake NUC at Major US Retailersby Anton Shilov on December 3, 2018 10:45 AM EST
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Amazon, Newegg, and Walmart have started to sell Intel’s Crimson Canyon NUC that is based on Cannon Lake processors produced using the company’s 10 nm process technology. Availability of the NUC8i3CY-series UCFF PCs at major retailers indicated that Intel is making its 10 nm CPUs in rather sizeable volumes.
The Intel NUC8i3CY-series UCFF PCs are powered by Intel’s dual-core Core i3-8121U processor paired with soldered-down 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4-2666 memory and AMD’s Radeon 540 dGPU (codenamed Lexa, based on Polaris architecture featuring 512 SPs) with 2 GB of GDDR5. The computer is equipped with 1 TB SATA hard drive, but it also has an M.2-2280 slot for a SATA or a PCIe SSD. When it comes to connectivity, the new NUCs are outfitted with Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 solution that supports up to 1.73 Gbps throughput over 160 MHz channels. In addition, the systems have one GbE, two HDMI 2.0a outputs, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports (one supporting charging), an SD card reader, a TRRS audio connector for headsets, and a digital audio connector for 7.1-channel sound systems.
|Intel Crimson Canyon NUC PCs|
|CPU||Intel Core i3-8121U
2.2 - 3.2 GHz
4 MB cache
15 W TDP
|Graphics||AMD Radeon 540 GPU
512 stream processors
32 texture units
2 GB GDDR5 memory
|PCH||Integrated into CPU|
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR4-2666||8 GB LPDDR4-2666|
|Storage||2.5-inch||1 TB HDD pre-installed|
|M.2||M.2-2280 slot supporting SSDs and Intel Optane Memory caching SSDs|
|Wi-Fi/BT||Intel Wireless-AC 9560
802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 5
|Ethernet||Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller (i219-V)|
|Display Outputs||2 × HDMI 2.0a|
|Audio||3.5 mm TRRS audio jack
7.1 channel audio output via HDMI
|IR||Consumer Infrared (CIR) sensor on the front panel|
|USB||4 USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps), one with charging|
|Other I/O||SDXC card reader with UHS-I support|
|Dimensions||117 × 112 × 52 mm | 4.6 × 4.4 × 2.04 inch|
|PSU||External, 90 W|
|OS||Pre-installed Microsoft Windows 10 Home x64|
Intel's NUC8i3CYSM and NUC8i3CYSN UCFF PCs were announced several months ago and were available from smaller retailers, possibly because the volumes were not large. Availability at Amazon and Walmart indicates that Intel can now offer relatively large volumes of its chips produced at 10 nm node.
When it comes to performance, Cannon Lake has its perks, such as AVX-512 support, though they may not be that obvious in the SFF space as they are in the HPC/HEDT space. Obviously, AMD’s Radeon 540 should also be faster than Intel’s UHD 630 Graphics in games, but keep in mind that when it comes to media playback Intel’s contemporary iGPUs have certain advantages over AMD’s Polaris (e.g., VP9 10-bit decode, support for sophisticated copyright protection methods that require Intel’s SGX, etc.).
|Intel's Core Architecture Cadence|
|Core Generation||Microarchitecture||Process Node||Release Year|
|9th||Coffee Lake Refresh||14nm**||2018|
|Unknown||Ice Lake (Consumer)||10nm?||2019?|
|Cascade Lake (Server)
Cooper Lake (Server)
Ice Lake (Server)
|* Single CPU For Revenue
** Intel '14nm Class'
The Intel NUC8i3CYSM with 4 GB of RAM and 1 TB HDD currently costs $540 at Amazon.com, which is in line with MSRP of $530 announced in August. Newegg sells the same product for $533.6. Meanwhile, Walmart carries the version with 8 GB of RAM for $570.
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nicolaim - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkThe NUC has "ac" WiFi.
Wasabi_Vengeance - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkAhh, thanks. The amazon page says a/g/n, but anand clearly says ac. Def trust anandtech more :P
dan_ger - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkAre there any IPC or clock for clock comparisons between coffee lake and cannon lake? or any other 14nm vs the new 10nm.
MattMe - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkCompared to the i3 in the standard NUC (the i3-8109U), the difference appears to be a lower clock speed but also substantially lower power draw for the same cores/thread. 15w for the 8121U vs 28w for the 8109U, which is quite impressive if correct. Also adds support for LPDDR4.
Intel's ARK page for comparison here: https://ark.intel.com/compare/136863,135936
MattMe - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkI know that doesn't explain any IPC comparisons but just wanted to highlight what the differences between the two models are.
Eris_Floralia - Monday, December 3, 2018 - link8109U is Coffee Lake-U with GT3e graphics and higher TDP.
You should compare it with the 8130U.
TheinsanegamerN - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkSoldered memory? No thank you.
One of the draws of NuCs is the ability to stick whatever you want into them, and tinker with speeds. Soldering memory makes this as worthless as a netbook. Seriously, 4GB of RAM? Anyone who buys that is in for a bad time.
tomatotree - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkI mean yeah, the 4gb one is not great for general desktop use, but for that isn't what this is really for imo. Think things like kiosks and digital signage.
Meteor2 - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - linkWhy would a kiosk need a 1TB hdd?
hallstein - Monday, December 3, 2018 - linkIt would be fascinating to know how this performance in CPU and GPU compared to the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G.
...I'm guessing not well!