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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  • cacnoff - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    I see that it can play back netflix 4k HDR?

    Does this make Intel the first Radeon GPU implementation to handle Playready 3.0?
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  • patrickjp93 - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Actually that's handled by the iGPU on Kaby Lake. Vega is not PlayReady 3.0-capable. Reply
  • ganeshts - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    On traditional KBL systems, you are right about iGPU handling PlayReady 3.0 video decoding.

    On the Hades Canyon, it appears that the Vega GPU is handling it. I have updated the '4K HTPC Credentials' section with the appropriate text after capturing the screenshot below:

    https://images.anandtech.com/doci/12572/Netflix-GP...
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  • gigahertz20 - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    I've built two Intel NUC's for family members in the past couple of years and they love them. Fast, quiet and so far reliable. They don't game at all which is why I convinced them to buy them. I'm not sure if this NUC is going to be popular at all though at $1,000 barebones. Who is going to buy it? The gaming performance of this NUC is nothing special, gamers and enthusiasts are going to stick with desktops, alot of people are just waiting for the cryptocurrency craze to die down so we can get video cards at decent prices again. If that takes another year or 2 so be it.

    Your average person that just needs an office computer won't buy this at $1k, you can get a much cheaper NUC and throw in a SSD and that will work fine. Why pay a premium for a cute little powerful box, if you want small and portable you can get a laptop for cheaper. If they would have priced this at $600 barebones it would have been much more appealing to your average user that might want to play the occasional game at 1080P.
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  • Crazyeyeskillah - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    Nuc's have always been geared as thing clients for businesses. It's a niche market that pretty much just wants reliability and 'good enough' performance. I don't see many people loading up on the $1700 version like we see here, but Intel will get good sales from the lowest tier when ordered by the hundreds for large companies. Reply
  • Sailor23M - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    I bought the Skull Canyon version last year at a good discount on newegg. I am very happy with it and intel’s support (for at least the skull canyon) has been great with a dedicated website and easy to find updates, firmware and drivers. I have it mounted behind my monitor and use it as my main PC. I’m sure that although the retail price on these is $999, you will be able to find it for much less in a few months time. Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    For the love of god Ganesh, please, PLEASE give us proper teardowns of the units you review. That means taking the damh things apart and showing us what all the bits look like, NOT just removing the lid that allows you to access the user-upgradable bits. Reply
  • Crazyeyeskillah - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    Why do you need a tear down of this product? Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Monday, April 2, 2018 - link

    I don't "need" it, but a review should attempt to be as thorough as possible, and for hardware that means showing as much of the system as possible. Reply
  • cfenton - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    Usually review units are on loan from the manufacturer. They aren't typically too keen on reviewers tearing them apart before returning them. Reply

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