Today, Intel announced its new eighth-generation H-series chips, which are actually indicated in the product name by a 'G' suffix. This is because these processors actually include dedicated AMD Radeon graphics. The firm also announced the first device to use its new chipset, the NUC.
It's not the first NUC to use an H-series processor, but it is the first to include dedicated graphics. There are two options, the Core i7-8705G, which is a 65W chip with the 931MHz AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU, and the Core i7-8809G, a 100W unlocked processor with the 1,063MHz Radeon RX Vega M GH. Obviously, the latter contains a lot more power, and of course, you can overclock it.
This also means that it's the first NUC that's VR-ready, so you can use it with your Windows Mixed Reality headset, or any other virtual reality device like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
And there's plenty of connectivity for that. There are HDMI 2.0a ports on both the front and rear of the device, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a total of five USB 3.0 Type-A ports. There's also a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, which supports data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports.
Intel says that with its new chips, you can power up to nine monitors, and this is especially true of the higher end model. The new NUC will be available this spring, with the lower end model starting at $799, and the unlocked variant starting at $999.
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