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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  • bill44 - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    As far as I know, no Intel NUC with HDMI 2.x can deal with frame packed 3D ISO.

    As the Hades Canyon uses AMD GPU's HDMI 2.x output, it may be able to. Can someone test this?
  • nul0b - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    Can Linux run on this? Ubuntu? Is their driver support?
    I can run Ubuntu on my current NUC but was wondering w/ this new Vega GPU if it can run Linux? Any benchmarks or info? Please begin providing this.
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Um, yeah. Look before you leap, on this one. Definitely don't just assume it'll work, because AMD still seems to be running behind on getting support for their GPUs into the mainline kernel.

    Maybe, with proprietary drivers, on Ubuntu 18.04?
  • npz - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    > We can actually see that the codec support from the Intel side is miles ahead of the Radeon's capabilities. It is therefore a pity that users can't somehow set a global option to make all video decoding and related identification rely on the integrated GPU.

    > Intel originally claimed at the launch of the Hades Canyon NUCs that they would be able to play back UltraHD Blu-rays. The UHD BD Advisor tool from CyberLink, however, presented a different story.

    > After a bit of back and forth with Intel, it appears that the Hades Canyon NUCs will not be able to play back UHD Blu-rays. Apparently, the use of the Protected Audio Video Path (PAVP) in the integrated GPU is possible only if the display is also being driven by the same GPU. It turned out to be quite disappointing, particularly after Intel's promotion of UHD Blu-ray playback and PAVP as unique differentiating features of the Kaby Lake GPU.

    Saw your reply from the Zotac article Ganesh. Yeah, you're right I am flabbergasted. This is freaking unbelieveable considering it's Intel and they have a perfectly viable separate HD 630 that's better in media decode and they leave it mostly inaccessible.

    Hard to fathom why they even disable Intel ME when low end NUCs have it.
  • Lolimaster - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    I wouldn't call Prime95+Furmark a load test, it's totally unrealistic.

    How about giving it a BF1 run + HEVC reproducing on MPC or a CB15 run?
  • Lolimaster - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Specially for gpu's, you'll never get that kind of load during a game session. Reply
  • ganeshts - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Yes, that is for sure - we adopt a power virus test to determine the suitability of the thermal solution of the system. The AIDA stress test, on the other hand, is more realistic - we have graphs for both, so that readers can understand and interpret the behavior under both scenarios. Reply
  • Trixanity - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    I believe that hardware acceleration is broken in VLC on Vega. It should be fixed in 3.0.2 which seems to have been delayed to iron out a lot of bugs that has plagued the 3.0 release. Reply
  • M9 - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Hi, I'm pretty much a novice seeking advice, i find this interesting for a small computer for my 5th wheel camper. Electrial needs may be an issue? The unit has 50 amp service, but many campgrounds only provide 30 amps. Keep in mind that's what's available for the invite unit including
    Hot water heater, AC, fridge & an electric fireplace, LED lighting so I don't think lighting is much of an issue. No 4K UHD disc playback is a disappointment, but honestly I can't really tell it's any better on my Samsung series 6 4K TV than a regular BLU-RAY upgraded too 4K. Any thoughts or advice appreciated, thanks.
  • Zingam - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    50 Amps? Are you going to power a metal smelting furnace? Reply

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