Which Intel Hades Canyon NUC8 should you buy?
Not a massive performance difference
The only real difference between the two desktop models on sale is the processor and integrated graphics. The Hades Canyon uses one of the combination Intel and AMD chips, with 4GB mobile Radeon Vega graphics included on both models.
The cheaper Hades Canyon has the Intel Core i7-8705G while the more expensive version has the Core i7-8809G and a slightly better graphics package. The 8705G is a 65W processor while the 8809G is 100W.
For most people, there won't be a big performance difference in real-world use. You can add the same number of SSDs, 32GB of RAM and you get all the same connectivity while keeping a decent chunk of change in your pocket. The only differences are in graphics and processor power. If you know you're going to need all of that, you can go for the higher-end model. However, the price difference might sway you.
Decent savings to be had
The savings a customer will get buying the entry-level version are pretty significant. Currently, you can buy it for $700, compared to the $870 you'll be paying out for the version with the more powerful processor.
That's a lot of money to save while losing very little on performance.
eGPU is the answer to better graphics
If you're looking at getting a Hades Canyon for content creation or you're looking for gaming and graphics power, your best course of action is the use an external GPU (eGPU) anyway.
Both models of the Hades Canyon have Thunderbolt 3 built in which means you can use an eGPU to hook up a proper desktop graphics card from AMD or NVIDIA to it.
Paired with the quad-core i7-8705G you'll have a pretty handy workstation or gaming rig.
Spend less, get almost the same
For most people the cheaper, Core i7-8705G Hades Canyon is plenty, and folks chasing higher-power graphics will want an eGPU anyway.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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