Gaming Notebooks Compared

One of the most common comments posted in response to mini-PC reviews is that the value proposition of an equivalent notebook is much higher than that of the PC. While there are plenty of factors that might make this comparison invalid, we thought it would be interesting to see how the NUC8i7HVK fares against premium gaming notebooks. Towards this, we borrowed a few benchmarks from our notebook reviews and processed them on the NUC. In the graphs below, we also have the gaming mini-PCs on which the benchmarks were processed. First, we will look at some artificial benchmarks before moving on to the games themselves.

3DMark Revisited

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)


GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen 1080p
GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Offscreen 1080p

Dota 2

Dota 2 Reborn - Enthusiast

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor - Enthusiast

The takeaway from these results is that the performance of the Radeon RX Vega M GH roughly slots around GTX 970M. There are some benchmarks such as Dota 2 that are more sensitive to the CPU power, and in those cases, we find that the NUC8i7HVK actually comes in far ahead of other gaming notebooks that use processors with TDPs of 45W or lower.

Gaming Benchmarks Networking and Storage Performance


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  • Sheunghko - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - link

    Does that mean there is at least one tb3 that is hook up with the CPU ? Reply
  • Sheunghko - Sunday, July 1, 2018 - link

    Does this Vega M support freesync? Reply
  • sevenup75 - Monday, July 2, 2018 - link

    yes, freesync supported Reply
  • tokyojerry - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - link

    " as a self-avowed HTPC enthusiast the lackluster media support disappoints me - and it will keep Hades Canyon from being the ultimate HTPC as it should be - so this is the one area where Intel has dropped the ball. "

    Curiously in what way do you regard this product to be lackluster media support? And, as an alternative product with media support in mind which would you recommend?
  • ricelid - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - link

    Can you please test if HDMI CEC settings are present in the UEFI menu and that it works? Reply
  • LauLiWan - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Will the thunderbolt 3 capable to deliver up to max 40Gbps when transfer file using external Thunderbolt 3 drive? Reply

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