Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Intel "Bean Canyon" NUC Family with Inbuilt Thunderbolt Detailed

Intel is giving final touches to a new generation of pre-built NUC (next unit of computing) kits codenamed "Bean Canyon." These tiny desktops are based on the company's new wave of "Coffee Lake-U" SoCs. The family includes five models, two each based on the Core i3-8109U and Core i5-8259U, and one based on the Core i7-8559U. The NUC8i3BEH, NUC8i5BEH, and NUC8i7BEH are more compact, with just an M.2-2280 (with both PCIe x4 and SATA wiring) slot in charge of storage, while the NUC8i3BEK and NUC8i5BEK are slightly taller, with room for a 2.5-inch SATA drive in addition to the M.2-2280 slot.

What's common between all five models is the display connectivity, which not just includes an HDMI 2.0b, but also a USB 3.1 type-C port with Thunderbolt 3.0 (40 Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 wiring. Networking, which includes a 1 GbE interface driven by the trusty i219-V, and a new-generation Intel 9260 WLAN card with 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless networking. Prices for the Core i3 model could start at $299, the Core i5-based ones could be $399, and the Core i7 based one at $599.
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5 Comments on Intel "Bean Canyon" NUC Family with Inbuilt Thunderbolt Detailed

The downside of the i5-8259U is that it is a 29W TDP piece, while i5-8250U is a 15W TDP
this also means that stock power consumption will be much higher for the 8259.
So this questions the need for it to have base frequency of 2.3GHz, which is 700MHz more than the 8250.
The turbo is better by 400MHz but i think this does not justify the x2 higher TDP.
Might also have a hard time cooling the CPU.

The price, however, is somewhat impressive at 399USD, which would be about 400Eur.
Gigabyte brix with 8250U costs 440Eur now.

Very big bonus are the 6x USB3.1 ports. This enables to have a massive NAS with software RAID.
Another big plus is the Intel 9260 wifi.

This NUC is definitely extremely fast if paired with M.2 NVME
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I'm sick of intel names...and also beans
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Ooh! a fat 128MB fat L4 cache for graphics! nice
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Are those strong enough to play 4K HDR-10bit movies on it, and also casual 3D games?
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