Intel has unveiled its latest NUC small form-factor PC that, it claims, is the world's smallest virtual reality-capable computer.
Intel has been creating these small-form-factor computers since 2012, partly to demonstrate how compact PC technology can be. Some of the early models were intended for enthusiasts and offered a basic build-it-yourself kit. Later models have been more professional.
At the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada the company finally took the wraps off its latest NUC.
The two models offer a combination of Intel Core i7-8809G or Core i7-8705G, integrated with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics and Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics respectively.
The combination of powerful Core i7 microprocessor with AMD's integrated graphics has made, Intel claims an effective desktop replacement powerful enough to handle virtual reality applications. It is also the smallest, claims Intel.
Codenamed Hades Canyon, the device looks reminiscent of the Skull Canyon version that launched in 2016. However, the 2017 edition is thicker and taller. It remains to be seen how good the device is with heat dissipation under demanding applications, particularly games.
On paper, though, they offer plenty of power. The Core i7-8809G/RX Vega M GH version offers CPU clock speeds of between 3.1GHz and 4.2GHz, while the second, Core i7-8705G version offers similar clock speeds, but slower integrated AMD RX Vega GL graphics.
These numbers, according to Intel, make the new NUC capable of running demanding VR experiences as well as offering 60 frames-per-second for 1080p high-definition gaming.
The devices also come with a plethora of ports, including two for gigabit Ethernet, two USB C, two Mini DisplayPorts and four USB 3.1 connections.
In terms of pricing, Intel has yet to release any information, although it's understood that the company will sell the device as a part-DIY offering. That means you'll need to purchase your own storage, RAM and operating system to complete the device.
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