Intel Hades Canyon NUC (NUC8i7HVK) Review and Benchmarks
Let'S start with the specs as there's. Some really interesting hardware in use here, there's an i7 8800 9g processor, which is an eighth generation. Kb Lake G CPU with AMD Radeon Vega, graphics on the same chip and we'll, see how this performs soon in the gaming benchmarks. It'S got four cores with eight threads: a base, clock, speed of 3.1 gigahertz, a single core turbo boost, speed of 4.2 gigahertz and an all court turbo boost speed of 3.9 gigahertz. The Vega graphics has a 1063 megahertz base clock and 1190 megahertz boost speed along with 4 gig of HBM to memory. Both the CPU and GPU are unlocked too, so they can be overclocked and I was able to overclock the CPU to 4.2 gigahertz on all cores and 13 hundred megahertz on the GPU, along with 900 megahertz on the memory and again we'll see how this performed soon. When you buy the Nook its bare bones, so you'll need to provide your own memory and storage it's easy to get into you open up the top by unscrewing. The six hex screws inside you'll see the lighting panel for the skull and underneath is where the memory and SSDs are installed. In my unit there's, a single 8 gig stick of ddr4 memory at 2400 megahertz. However, the two so dim slots can take up to 32 gig in dual channel there's, jewel m dot 2 slots with 4 PCIe 3 lanes. The left one supports cards up to 22 42, while the right takes up to 22 ad, and you have the option of running these in raid 0 or raid 1 there's.
Some heat pads on the underside of the metal panel, which comes in contact with the m dot 2, drives to keep them cool and nearby there's some internal USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers, as well as the sight of power connector for the network. Connectivity we've got two gigabit ethernet ports, Intel 8, 6, 2, 5 Wi Fi in a third empty slot, along with Bluetooth 4.2 support. Overall, the Nook looks pretty sleek it's got a matte black finish, and the body is made out of a hard plastic which is fairly solid. It doesn't flex, even when applying pressure there's a skull logo found on the top, which, by default lights, up red and blue. However, you can customize the lighting of these two separate zones with intel's LED manager, software there's some basic effects, including solid breathing, strobing and pulsing. You can also change the LEDs on the front, including the disk in Ethernet activity, lights and power button. You can turn the lighting off if you're not a fan, though, and you can't see the skull at all this way. Considering the specs it's packing, the Nook is fairly small, coming in at approximately 22 centimeters in width 14 centimeters in depth and just four centimeters in height, the total weight of the Nook will vary depending on the hard way you've got installed, but mine way is just Under 1.3 kilos and when you include the power, brick and cable, which isn't much smaller than the Nook itself, this increases to just under 2.
1 kilos. Something impressive about the Nook is the crazy amount of io options, starting with the front we've got the power button, infrared receiver, SDXC card slot, USB 3.1 gen2 type, a port USB 3.0 type, a port which supports charging identified in yellow HDMI 2.0, a port USB 3.1 Gen2 type c port and a 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack, the four holes along the top on the front or a cord or a microphone, and this is what it sounds like sitting about: a meter away, there's even more on the back with a 3.5 millimeter audio Jack with Toslink optical support, the power input to type C Thunderbolt, 3 ports, 2 mini DisplayPort, 1.2 ports, 2 Gigabit, Ethernet, ports, 4, USB 3.0 type, a ports and a second HDMI, 2.0, a port. While down the bottom. We can see the air exhaust vent. The nook can run up to 6 4k displays at the same time, thanks to all these output options. Unfortunately, I don't quite have that many monitors, so I wasn't able to test this myself on the left. There'S, just a honeycomb grille to help with air flow, as well as a Kensington lock, while the bride is just more of the same style. Vents underneath there's some rubber feet, which do a good job of preventing not being easily moved around on a flat surface and also raise it up a little to let air in through the vents the toast screw holes can also be used with the included vase amount.
If you want to attach the nock to the back of a monitor a nice option for keeping a clean desk during normal use with an ambient room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, the CPU sat in the mid 40s, while the GPU was just below 40 and here's. How the externals were looking sitting in the low 30s I've tested gaming by playing pub G at high settings for half an hour and the temps for that is shown in green. No throttling was observed in this test. The CPU gets a little warm while the GP remains fairly cool in comparison, full CPU and GPU load was tested with both a 264 and the heaven benchmark running. At the same time, with the default balanced fan profile in use, the CPU temperature goes up a bit more to just under 90 degrees and there's, still no thermal throttling prison. While the GPU temperature doesn't change much. The Nook was still fairly cool to the touch around 31 degrees toward the back, while the air being exhausted out the back seems to be a bit warmer around 40 degrees by manually maxing out the fans in the BIOS. The temperatures drop back a fair bit with the same stress test running, but you'll hear how loud this gets soon. This also appears to drop the temperature of the exterior a little to to around 27 degrees, while the exhausted air is now in the low 30s. With the fans still maxed out and the overclock applied, the main difference is the increase in CPU temperature shown in purple and while, while CPU cores were sitting at the overclocked 4.
2 gigahertz for most of the time, this did drop back a little occasionally due to some Very minor thermal throttling, but keep in mind this is a stress test. As for the fan noise produced by the nut goal, let you ever listen to each of these tests, while idle it's, essentially silent. I can't hear the fan at all. Even while gaming with stock fan speeds, the Nook stays fairly silent, much quieter than a typical gaming laptop, which would be in the mid 50 decibels. Maxing out, the fans increases the noise levels significantly there and things get quite loud, but you'll only really need to consider this. If you plan on very for clocking, the Nook and we'll see how the overclock affected performance shortly. I also didn't notice any cloven, well testing, but this will vary between units I've, also measured. The total power draw in watts at idle it's, hardly using much at all, and this then steps up as more load is put onto the nock maxing out at about 205 watts, while overclocked with the stress tests going. Finally let's take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Will first cover some actual games, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests will run at 1080p with all windows and intel updates to date installed, and these results are at stock speeds. No overclocking just yet fortnight ran quite well with high or lower settings. For me, even at higher we're averaging above 60fps with the one percent lose not too far below.
However, the framerate can be improved significantly by dropping the settings down further. However, take these results with a grain of salt as they'll depend on what's going on in the game. At the time pub G was tested with the replay feature and again the results will vary based on what the other players are doing in the game, low settings or below I needed to erage 60 fps and the one percent lows dip down a bit in this One, but definitely still very playable with lower settings. However, watch runs well and basically anything and we're. Seeing some nice results here. Even the 1 lows that maximum settings were above 60 fps with lower settings getting some fairly high averages, far cry 5 scored, alright results using the built in benchmark the 1 lawyers aren't too far below the averages here, and the averages are scattered around the sixtieth year. Sweet spot csgo also scored fairly high average frame rates in the benchmark I'm, using the smokes really killed the one percent lows, however, even at minimum settings, even the 1 lawyers are still above 60fps at 1080p. Rainbow. Six siege also got really high frame rates with the built in benchmark averaging well above 100, pS, regardless of setting level with fairly high 1 lows. So it should run quite well. Dota 2 was tested with a fairly intensive replay, so realistically you'll get better results than these. So as a worst case, we're getting pretty good numbers well above 60, FPS averages even at Ultra settings.
Battlefield 1 is another game that varies a bit based on what's happening in game. In my testing in the first mission, even at Ultra settings that felt nice and smooth, I was saying fairly high average frame rates and even the 1 lows were around the 60 FPS mark doom was tested with Vulcan and once again, even at Ultra settings to me. It felt nice and smooth no problems at all playing this one durst recon was tested using the built in benchmark and we're, seeing all right results for the most part. However, things really drop down at Ultra settings, but that's a pretty common theme on almost all hardware. I'Ve tested this game on you'll be able to play it well enough. Just stick to lower settings. Shadow of war was also tested with the built in benchmark and again we're. Seeing all right results at around medium and lower rise of the Tomb. Raider was once again tested with the built in benchmark with high settings or below required for us to average above the 60 FPS mark watchdogs. 2 is a fairly resource intensive game, but no one that I think needs a good framerate to enjoy. With that said, I wouldn't recommend playing on ultra very high was possible. However, I found high settings are lower to work well, The Witcher 3 was fairly similar. I don't think it needs a high frame rate to enjoy, however, ultra settings that did feel a little choppy.
I didn't have any noticeable issues in my testing with high settings or lower, though I've also tested using some benchmark tools, including heaven and valley, and super position benchmarks from Unigine, as well as fire strike time. Spire and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want to look at any of these results in more detail overall, I thought these results were pretty fair. The Nook is definitely capable of playing modern games with decent settings as we've just seen. But how does this compare to what the hardware due to the small form factor of the Nook? I thought it would be best to compare it against some laptops to try and get an idea of where it fits in in overwatch at lower settings. We can see that it's not too far behind the 7700 HQ and 1060, the specs of a typical gaming laptop. This changes at the highest setting levels where it's just a bit ahead. The 1050 TI in rice of the Tomb Raider with the built in benchmark the Nook, is again between the 1050 TI and 1060, but a bit closer to the 1060 pin 1050 TI this time. Around in watchdogs 2 at the highest settings, the nook and 1050 TI are performing very closely. However, at the lowest settings the nook moves a bit closer to the 1060, so it's a bit of a mixed bag, but in general the Nook seems to sit somewhere between a gaming laptop with Nvidia, 1050 TI and 1060 graphics, so definitely capable of playing many games.
In terms of overclocking, I was able to get a little improvement with all four CPU cores up to 4.2 gigahertz, the HBM to memory up to 900 megahertz and the GPU core clock up to 1300 megahertz. However, as previously discussed, the temperatures go up quite significantly, which in turn, results in more fan. Noise, I've, just retested pub G with the overclock applied and in this game were seen just over an 11 percent performance increase, a fare boost, so improved performance is within reach. At the expensive increased system noise, as for raw CPU power, I've just tested using Cinebench, and we can see that the Nook is a nice amount ahead. If a 7700 HQ laptop, even before applying the overclock, the SDXC slot on the front supports uhs 1, and these are the results. I got testing with my UHS 2 card. The BIOS is accessed by simply selecting startup during boot and there's. A fair amount of customization options available, including overclocking and customizing, fan speeds. As for the price here in Australia, it starts at just under 1400 Australian dollars, while in the US you're looking at about one thousand US dollars. However, there's also the hnk version, which is about 150 Australian dollars cheaper and seems to have 100 megahertz, lower turbo boost, speed and lower graphics. It'S, not cheap, especially when you need to factor in adding your own Drive in memory. However, small and lightweight with decent power is always going to come at a cost.
Once you add, in a cheap m2 Drive and just a single 8 gig, stick of memory like I've got here, you're looking at another 150 Australian dollars or so bringing the total cost up to fifteen hundred and fifty in Australia. For that price, you can get a laptop with seven 700 HQ CPU and 1050 Ti and although, as we've seen, the NOC does perform better than this in games, it's also a full package with the keyboard touchpad screen and battery, so you'll need to decide if a Laptop does the job, or perhaps the unique form factor of the NOC would be better suited to your task. I could see the NOC making a great home, theater, PC or easily being mounted behind monitors in an office environment and kept out of the way and there's not really many laptops that could handle 6 displays at once. So what did you guys think of Intel's new Hades Canyon, nook? Overall, I thought it was a well built and powerful mini PC. The specs are decent and it's capable of playing modern games with medium to high settings, and we can boost this even further by overclocking. By default. The system fan noise was fairly quiet, at least when compared to a similarly Specht gaming laptop. However, it can get quite loud if you do get into overclocking, although for the most part, temperatures were acceptable with no thermal throttling until overclocking and even then it was minor there's a bit of upgrade ability, as you can change the RAM and m2 drives and does A bare bones unit you'll need to provide those, while the CPU and GPU package, on the other hand, is part of the board and cannot be upgraded.
It was also very interesting, seeing Intel and AMD come together to develop the CPU GPU hybrid solution, that's inside the Nook I'm, looking forward to hopefully seeing this available in more devices such as laptops in the future as it performs quite well. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.