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Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 29, 2018 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Intel

Test Setup

 

 

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We used 3200MHz Kingston 8GB SO-DIMMs at default JEDEC speeds during testing, but we turned them up during overclocking. We also have an Optane 118GB OS drive and a 512GB Intel 545S series M.2 drive for game storage.

 

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The lid lights up, and you actually have control over the colors of the eyes and skull. You can use Intel's Windows-based software, or the UEFI LED control menu to change the color or disable all LEDs. It's quite fun to see an Intel branded Radeon installer.

 

CPU, Memory, System, and Graphics Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

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wPrimeI

 

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AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

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HandBrake

 

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AIDA64 Memory

 

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PCMark8 Work

 

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PCMark8 Home

 

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WebXPRT

 

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Graphics Benchmarks

 

3DMark11

 

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UNIGINE Heaven 4.0

 

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Resident Evil 6

 

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3DMark CloudGate

 

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3DMark FireStrike

 

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GTA:V

 

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Ashes of the Singulatiry: Escalation

 

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Rise Of The Tomb Raider

 

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Other SFFPCs don't even stand a chance against the new Hades Canyon NUC; it demolishes them in pretty much everything. The exceptions are the small form factor PCs that pack in full desktop hardware like the DeskMini, which has a GTX 1080 MXM card and a desktop i7-8700. CPU performance was better than expected, it even does well against the i7-8700 desktop CPU in the desk mini.

 

 

We went ahead and compared the new NUC against actual gaming PCs rather than SFFPCs, and it holds up well, somewhat better than expected. GTA:V was fully playable, even up to 1440P, and we barely god 60 FPS on Ashes, but that is to be expected as it's a very demanding game. The new NUC delivers anywhere from 2-4x the gaming performance of the Skull Canyon NUC, and that is an impressive feat to pull off with the form factor constraints.

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