Intel NUC NUC8i7BEH1: The Best NUC Yet
Performance Summary: The Intel NUC8i7BEH performed very well throughout our entire battery of tests. Thanks to its relatively speedy quad-core processor, it is among the fastest NUC systems produced to date for everyday desktop computing tasks. It is only the more powerful and more expensive Hades Canyon NUC with discrete Vega graphics that is faster in some circumstances. Versus full-sized desktops system, the NUC8i7BEH1 is typically faster than AMD Ryzen 5 2x00G series APUs and competes well with previous-gen Core i7 quad-core processors or newer mid-range Core i5s.
We really like the Intel NUC8i7BEH. For about $450 for the barebones kit, the NUC8i7BEH offers performance roughly equivalent to a 7th Gen Core i7 quad-core processor, with solid integrated graphics, in a diminutive chassis that can accommodate multiple storage devices. There is a bit of premium to pay for the form factor versus assembling a full-sized desktop in the same performance class, but that is to be expected. For many users though, a system like the Intel NUC8i7BEH, when equipped with enough RAM and a speedy storage solution, will offer more than enough performance in a far more attractive and easy to manage package.
Small form factor machines typically require sacrificing some expansion possibilities, but that’s likely a non-issue for no-nonsense corporate users and a large swath of mainstream computer users who never open up their machines one they’ve been initially set up. Anyone in need of a speedy desktop system that digs the tiny form factor should give the Intel NUC8i7BEH a look. This little machine packs a big punch.