Gaming Benchmarks

The gaming credentials of the Radeon RX Vega M GH has not been evaluated by any third-party before, as the NUC8i7HVK is the first PC to ship with that GPU. Keeping that in mind, it is important to get some context on how it fares when compared with other contemporary GPUs.

For the purpose of benchmarking, we chose four different games (Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and DiRT Showdown) at three different quality levels. Note that the main aim here is not to show that the Radeon GPU can play the latest and greatest games. Rather, it is to compare the NUC8i7HVK against other gaming-focused mini-PCs that we have evaluated before..

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs - Performance Score

Sleeping Dogs - Quality Score

Sleeping Dogs - Extreme Score

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider - Performance Score

Tomb Raider - Quality Score

Tomb Raider - Extreme Score

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite - Performance Score

Bioshock Infinite - Quality Score

Bioshock Infinite - Extreme Score

DiRT Showdown

DiRT Showdown - Performance Score

DiRT Showdown - Quality Score

DiRT Showdown - Extreme Score

The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle - 1080p High Score

The Talos Principle - 1080p Ultra Score

GRID Autosport

GRID Autosport - 1080p Extreme Score

Across almost all of the benchmarks we ran, the Radeon GPU slotted between the GTX 960 and GTX 980 in terms of performance.

Performance Metrics - II Gaming Notebooks Compared
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  • M9 - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    No, just saying I don't have as much electricity available as a typical house or apartment. Reply
  • HStewart - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Just FYI, I was able to purchase a new Dell XPS 15 2in1 but my cost was quite expensive - almost $2500.

    But I purchase the i7 4K version with 512G SSD. - the base i5 version was $1499 not $1299. I guess after CES 2018, Dell decided to jack the price up.

    I was happy to see the 3D rendering performance high on this NUC - even though my plan is using the following applications
    1. Lightwave 3D 2018
    2. Photoshop CS 5 ( yes older version - don't care for new stuff )
    3. Painter 2018 ( new to it )

    I am suppose to get it around 18th of April - I can retry my Lenovo Y50 as my primary machine.
    Reply
  • zodiacfml - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    I just like it for its integrated GPU which is a sign of good things to come.

    In the future, I just want to see more power from this setup. We'd see motherboards with a 6 or 8 pin connector for providing power to a more powerful GPU. Large coolers will be relevant again.

    For AMD, I'd like to see them make a similar setup but with the HBM memory accessible for both the CPU and GPU.
    Reply
  • What would Jesus Do? - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    Test comment test!!! Reply
  • santiagodraco - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    Can't play back UHD Blu-Ray? Wow. Intel you just lost a significant portion of the potential market for this pos. Why would anyone in their right minds buy this over say an Nvidia Shield, or hell a Shield + an Xbox X + a PS4 Pro... for the same money or less.

    Time to fire some folks in management.
    Reply
  • santiagodraco - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    Not to mention the price once you add an SSD and memory. My god, what are they thinking? This thing is an utter joke! You could build a far far better system without much more of a footprint than this hunk of junk, for less. Just mind boggling. I thought that after the fiasco with the original Skull Canyon that Intel would have learned something... but instead they went backwards. I can hear them now "Let's make it less capable and cost 1/3 to 2x more than the previous version....people will love it!" Reply
  • Hifihedgehog - Monday, April 2, 2018 - link

    The hilarious thing is AMD’s Raven Ridge, which has Video Core Next (unlike its other Vega brethren), can properly decode UHD Blu-ray content and VP9 with fixed function decoding. Excluding gaming, AMD did end up giving Intel the second-rate goods after all. I am using a 2400G in a Streacom FC8 and VCN’s decoding quality is such a revelation that I now strictly use MadVR for UHD Blu-ray and HDR->SDR conversion. Reply
  • medi03 - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    And the reason not include 1060 / 1050 in the benchmarks is? Reply
  • bill44 - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    What a mess.
    Who can recommend a HTPC I can purchase or build that supports the following:

    Stereo 3D - BD 3D ISO frame packed support (without issues) over HDMI 2.x (before you reply, please red Intel's official reply from this thread https://communities.intel.com/thread/112109?start=...

    HDMI 2.x output that supports 176.4KHz, 88.2KHz as well was the usual 44KHz & 192KHz without resampling. As far as I know, NVidia can't do it. Reviews of GPUs do not include AUDIO specification or AUDIO testing anymore, only GAME GAME GAME!
    Apart from picture/movie/streaming, I would like to use my HTPC to play Hi-Res music back without resampling.

    UHD-BD playback - requires protected video/audio path, SGX, firmware & software support etc.

    That's it. Just 3 requirements. Intel iGPU is out, NVidia is out, maybe AMD?
    Reply
  • bill44 - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    Just one more thing: Displayport 1.2 only? I thought AMD supports 1.3/1.4. Reply

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