10nm Cannon Lake NUC at Major US Retailers

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10nm Cannon Lake NUC at Major US Retailers

Amazon, Newegg, and Walmart have started to sell Intel’s Crimson Canyon NUC that is based on Cannon Lake processors produced using the company’s 10 nm process technology. Availability of the NUC8i3CY-series UCFF PCs at major retailers indicated that Intel is making its 10 nm CPUs in rather sizeable volumes.

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The Intel NUC8i3CY-series UCFF PCs are powered by Intel’s dual-core Core i3-8121U processor paired with soldered-down 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4-2666 memory and AMD’s Radeon 540 dGPU (codenamed Lexa, based on Polaris architecture featuring 512 SPs) with 2 GB of GDDR5. The computer is equipped with 1 TB SATA hard drive, but it also has an M.2-2280 slot for a SATA or a PCIe SSD. When it comes to connectivity, the new NUCs are outfitted with Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 solution that supports up to 1.73 Gbps throughput over 0 MHz channels. In addition, the systems have one GbE, two HDMI 2.0a outputs, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports (one supporting charging), an SD card reader, a TRRS audio connector for headsets, and a digital audio connector for 7.1-channel sound systems.

Intel Crimson Canyon NUC PCs
 NUC8i3CYSNNUC8i3CYSM
CPUIntel Core i3-8121U
2C/4T
2.2 – 3.2 GHz
4 MB cache
15 W TDP
GraphicsAMD Radeon 540 GPU
512 stream processors
32 texture units
16 ROPs
2 GB GDDR5 memory
PCHIntegrated into CPU
Memory4 GB LPDDR4-26668 GB LPDDR4-2666
Storage2.5-inch1 TB HDD pre-installed
M.2M.2-2280 slot supporting SSDs and Intel Optane Memory caching SSDs
Wi-Fi/BTIntel Wireless-AC 9560
802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 5
EthernetIntel Gigabit Ethernet controller (i219-V)
Display Outputs2 × HDMI 2.0a
Audio3.5 mm TRRS audio jack
7.1 channel audio output via HDMI
Optical output
IRConsumer Infrared (CIR) sensor on the front panel
USB4 USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps), one with charging
Other I/OSDXC card reader with UHS-I support
Dimensions117 × 112 × 52 mm | 4.6 × 4.4 × 2.04 inch
PSUExternal, 0 W
OSPre-installed Microsoft Windows 10 Home x64

Intel's NUC8i3CYSM and NUC8i3CYSN UCFF PCs were announced several months ago and were available from smaller retailers, possibly because the volumes were not large. Availability at Amazon and Walmart indicates that Intel can now offer relatively large volumes of its chips produced at 10 nm node.

When it comes to performance, Cannon Lake has its perks, such as AVX-512 support, though they may not be that obvious in the SFF space as they are in the HPC/HEDT space. Obviously, AMD’s Radeon 540 should also be faster than Intel’s UHD 630 Graphics in games, but keep in mind that when it comes to media playback Intel’s contemporary iGPUs have certain advantages over AMD’s Polaris (e.g., VP9 10-bit decode, support for sophisticated copyright protection methods that require Intel’s SGX, etc.).

Intel's Core Architecture Cadence
Core GenerationMicroarchitectureProcess NodeRelease Year
2ndSandy Bridge32nm2011
3rdIvy Bridge22nm2012
4thHaswell22nm2013
5thBroadwell14nm2014
6thSkylake14nm2015
7thKaby Lake14nm+2016
8thKaby Lake-R
Coffee Lake-S
Kaby Lake-G
Coffee Lake-U/H
Whiskey Lake-U
Amber Lake-Y
Cannon Lake-U
14nm+
14nm++
14nm+
14nm++
14nm++
14nm+
10nm
2017
2017-2018
2018
2018
2018
2018
2017*
9thCoffee Lake Refresh14nm**2018
UnknownIce Lake (Consumer)10nm?2019?
Cascade Lake (Server)
Cooper Lake (Server)
Ice Lake (Server)
14nm**
14nm**
10nm
2018
2019
2020
* Single CPU For Revenue
** Intel '14nm Class'

The Intel NUC8i3CYSM with 4 GB of RAM and 1 TB HDD currently costs $540 at Amazon.com, which is in line with MSRP of $530 announced in August. Newegg sells the same product for $533.6. Meanwhile, Walmart carries the version with 8 GB of RAM for $570.

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