Hello Mi Fans,
In the past few years, mini gaming PCs are becoming more and more popular and many people prefer them over a console. Intel has relased their latest mini gaming PC in their NUC line called Hades Canyon based on Skylake based processors and AMDs RX Vega GPU.
Unlike Skull Canyon, which has only one SKU (NUC6i7KYK) with the Core i7-6700HQ, Intel is launching Hades Canyon in two versions. The more powerful of the two is the VR-ready NUC8i7HVK sporting the 100W TDP unlocked Core i7-8809G. The other SKU is the NUC8i7HNK with the 65W TDP Core i7-8705G. The rest of the features are identical across the two SKUs. The dimentions of the Hades Canyon NUCs are slightly bigger than the Skull Canyon NUC. The power adapter also receives a hefty uptick in specifications, moving from 120W to 230W. Customizable RGB lighting for the lid is an attractive feature in the gaming market.
In terms of I/O, we have an additional Thunderbolt 3 port in the Hades Canyon NUCs compared to Skull Canyon. We also have an extra LAN port. One of the front USB 3.0 Type-A ports has also been replaced by two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (1x Type-A, and 1x Type-C). The Wi-Fi also receives a slight upgrade, moving from the AC8260 to AC8265. The main difference is the availability of MU-MIMO in the latter. The audio codec also receives an update. While the audio codec in the Skull Canyon was stereo. Hades Canyon supports 7.1 digital output over optical/toslink and also supports analog output from the front and rear jacks.
Moving on to the core platform, it appears that the Thunderbolt ports as well as the M.2 slots are hooked up to the PCIe lanes off the PCH. Moving some of the bandwidth-hungry peripherals (in particular, the Thunderbolt controller) to the CPU's PCIe lanes could ensure that the DMI link between the PCH and the processor package is not a bottleneck.
Here is a complete list of specifications of both models
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