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Plug in, game on with Intel’s tiny NUC Hades Canyon

For more than a decade my personal computer has been a Mac. Because of that I’ve turned to consoles for gaming needs as Apple, unfortunately, has never shown interest in building a gaming Mac. I’ve often pondered building a gaming PC but consoles have served me well enough, and it all seemed like too much effort, which is why I found the Intel NUC Hades Canyon so intriguing.

NUC computers are simply small PCs, although they tend to be built with low-end computing in mind. The Hades Canyon is instead aimed squarely at the high end; specifically gamers. If you have any doubts, the angular case with its honeycomb grille and skull etched into the top is designed to speak to your inner adolescent.

The NUC Hades Canyon is powerful enough for gaming or VR, as the glowing skull would indicate.

The NUC Hades Canyon is powerful enough for gaming or VR, as the glowing skull would indicate.

The grille is not just for looks; the cooling system efficiently draws in air through the front grille, across a large copper heatsink and out the back. Under stress the NUC is quieter than our PS4, which is a nice surprise.

Graphics come from an RX Vega M chip from AMD. This combination of CPU from Intel and GPU from AMD gives the best performance possible in a low-powered device. We’ve seen this architecture before in just a few high end laptops from HP, Apple and Dell, but I hope this partnership of former fierce rivals continues.

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