Intel NUC With Kaby Lake-G And Onboard AMD Vega Graphics Can Run Games Impressively Well At 1080p

The Intel NUC mini PC that we are looking at here combines the CPU power of the Intel Kaby Lake-G as well as the graphics power of the AMD Vega on a single die. This combination allows this small form factor PC to be as powerful as it is and you can totally play games on it with little to no limitations as long as you are sticking to 1080p.

The NUC8i7HVK will cost you $1000 but for the price, you are getting the Intel Core i7-8809G. The CPU is supported by 24 AMD Vega cores and you can see the performance of the chip in the numbers that we are going to talk about below.

Intel NUC With Kaby Lake-G And Onboard AMD Vega 24

The Intel NUC mini PC is very powerful indeed and comes VR ready out of the box. If you are interested in VR then this is something worth looking into. According to Intel:

The new Intel NUC (formerly code-named Hades Canyon) brings this powerful new processor and graphics solution into an incredibly tiny 1.20-liter system. Great for VR enthusiasts and workload-heavy content creators, it will be Intel’s smallest premium VR-capable system in the market.

Talking about gaming performance, let’s look at how well the system runs some popular games.

Total War: Warhammer 2

Running Total War: Warhammer 2 with all setting maxed out is no easy thing but the Intel NUC manages to run the game at 27 FPS on average with a minimum FPS of 23. Overclocking the system will get you 30 FPS on average with a minimum FPS of 26.

The Division

The Intel NUC manages to run the game at 41.5 FPS, overclocking the system will get you 46.8 FPS. These are impressive numbers keeping in mind the size of this system and the fact that there is no dedicated graphics card.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

This is a taxing game on both the CPU and the GPU. The Intel NUC manages to run the game at 52.5 FPS on average but the FPS does dip to 45 in some instances. Overclocking the system gets you 59 FPS. Keep in mind that all settings are maxed out here, so there is a lot of room for tweaking.


The thermal solution is pretty impressive and is able to keep the system cool at stock frequencies. Overclocking the system does tax the cooling solution and you will note higher temperatures. Running the Metro 2033 Redux benchmark at the stock frequency the average temperature recorded was 73.45C while the max temperature was 88C.

Overclocking the system increases these numbers to 75C on average and the max recorded temperature was 94C, which is a little higher than what I am comfortable with.

Let us know what you think about the Intel NUC powered by the Kaby Lake-G with AMD Vega graphics and whether or not this is something that you might be interested in getting.