Intel NUC10 Kits are just around the corner
I was just researching the Intel NUC8 for more in-depth configuration explanation (specifically the option to have it boot when it gets AC power (in short: like the 2016+ MacBooks do)) when i stumbled across one of Intels new support pages – last reviewed yesterday that – greets the Intel site browsing web surfer with this:
"Get Started with Intel® NUC Kit NUC10i7FN, NUC10i5FN and NUC10i3FN"
Of course i couldn't help but start digging a little further. According to different reports, the new NUC Kits will support Thunderbolt 3 just like their predecessors. The more interesting part will be the new CPUs used in those tiny computers.
According to my research, the CPUs in question will reach from 2 to up to 6 cores, making this little machine somewhat comparable to the 2018 Mac Mini, just, if they keep the old price tag, for about half the price.
In particular, the CPUs used in the three models are said to be:
- i3-10110U (2C/4T – 2,1GHz Base; up to 4,1GHz Boost, Intel UHD 620)
- i5-10210U (4C/8T – 1,6GHz Base; up to 4,2GHz Boost, Intel UHD 620)
- i7-10710U (6C/12T – 1,1GHz Base; up to 4,7GHz Boost, Intel UHD 620)
The keen observer may have noticed that all three of those CPUs come with a standard TDP of 15W. However the configurable TDP up is up to 25W, and it's very likely Intel will raise it up to the top, given the previous iterations of NUC Kits even came with 28W CPUs. You may also have noticed, that the previous generation had Iris Plus Graphics, rather than the UHD graphics on the upcoming generation. Hopefully this means that CPU performance will see a significant boost, when comparing the new i5 to the old i5/i7 models – and also make the i7 version actually take profit of the 6 cores it comes with – which would make it an even better fit for use with eGPU setups.
I don't know about you, but in my opinion, the i5 and i7 models look like quite capable eGPU hosts to me. I also absolutely hope that Intel carried on with the internal change the NUC8 had over the NUC7 and finally made the decision to have the NUCs support power input via Thunderbolt 3, which would make it really well suited for a single cable eGPU host.
Please note: Intel has not yet officially announced the NUC10 Kits, so it may still be a little while until we see them pop up for sale.
Engineer sample review is out, with all tear down pictures and detailed benchmarks. No major change, external looks identical to current version except one type A at front replaced by a type c.
It does come with WiFi 6 though.
check above if u can read Chinese.
thanks for sharing that link. While I don't understand Chinese, what i could see on the benchmark screenshots and the tests they did on manually increasing the TDP this looks like a very impressive small computer in combination with that CPU. It only remains to be seen what changes the block diagram may bring in detail. The one they have there doesn't offer a lot of insight on whether or not Intel finally decided to support Power Delivery over the ThunderBolt 3 port.
@the_livy Thank you for sharing the news about NUC10. The i7 6-core is a very capable processor. I hope they improve the cooling system to help the system run better. It's unlikely to have accept upstream Power Delivery from an enclosure. We would have seen some sort of battery inside.
by the looks of it, it doesn't seem like they did anything about the cooling system; but I also can't find any pictures of the cooling system used in the previous generations (only for NUC5 which looks entirely different). The only "mechanical" changes I can make out are the standard SD size card reader instead of the microSD one, the USB-C port on the front I/O and, according to the pictures in the link Yang LI posted, the 120W PSU the i7 version comes with. The latter sounds somewhat odd to me, since all three CPUs have the same TDP rating after all. And with no apparent changes to the cooling system, I don't quite see where the extra 30W should go once they enter via the NUCs power port.
I'm not sure I can quite follow your reasoning about the battery requirement for PD upstream? Is it a PD specification requirement to have a battery in order to allow the device to take in power via the TB port?
If you are really after tech spec of new NUC10, check below official doc from intel (in English). At lot detail included and looks like validated the leaked review from Chinese resource, and no major change on internal/external structure.