Intel’s NUC 8 Mainstream-G – $ 772 mini-PC with discrete graphics

NUC 8 Mainstream-G are the new desktop compact systems formerly known under the Islay Canyon brand. Intel introduced them in the last days of spring. And the other day they appeared in some large stores in the USA. The NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini-PCs were released in 2 series – NUC8i7INH and NUC8i5INH. In the first series were models based on the Core i7-8565U processor, in the second – on the Core i5-8265U. Both of these processors are from the Whiskey Lake family. Each of them has 4 cores and 8 threads. Their chips can boast a frequency of 1.8–4.6 and 1.6–3.9 gigahertz, respectively. It’s important to note that the NUC 8 Mainstream-G systems are equipped with AMD’s discrete Radeon 540X card. It is based on the Polaris GPU and 512 stream processors. 2 gigabytes of GDDR5 memory are provided. This graphics accelerator is ready to provide more substantial performance than the integrated graphics from Intel, usually provided in NUC-systems. RAM in all new products – LPDDR3-1866 / 2133, its capacity is 8 gigabytes. They are soldered directly to the motherboard. In this regard, increasing the amount of RAM is a completely non-trivial task. Data can be stored either on a terabyte bundle from the hard drive with Intel’s 16 gigabyte Optane Memory drive, or solid state drive – M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 256 or 128 gigabyte. There are options even without a drive. Naturally, they do not have preinstalled software. NUC 8 Mainstream-G devices have a Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 module. The bandwidth of 160 megahertz is 1.73 gigabits per second. There is also a gigabit wired Intel I219-V adapter, three USB 3.0 ports 3, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, HDMI 2.0b and miniDisplayPort 1.2 video outputs, as well as an SDXC slot and a 3.5 mm audio jack. In the US, Intel’s compact NUC 8 Mainstream-G systems cost between $ 772 and $ 1,075. Price depends on configuration.

Sam Richards

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