New Intel NUC NUC8i7HVK looks pretty good

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  1. JK2447
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    I was loking for a few NUCs to get a home lab on the go, seeing as I work for VMware and get lab to my hearts content now, it seems a little rude not too, when I stumbled across a new NUC due out in April with the below spec. Have to admit I'm tempted to get one, purely for lab purposes of course....
    Coffee lake i7, up to 32GB RAM, two m.2 slots and very portable so can be thrown into your laptop bag when you know you're in a hotel for a few nights

    NUC8i7HVK
    Intel Core i7-8809G
    Radeon RX Vega M GH
    32 GB DDR4 Memory
    128 GB SSD
    VR ready

    Link to Intel's site here: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits/nuc8i7hvk.html
     
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    Looks good mate – was the best thing when my previous laptop chucked it. Now running i7 32GB RAM an 2x SSD drives. Can run a lab and work at the same time which is great. :)
     
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    Oh awesome, what on a NUC is that @Sparky? Or your laptop sorry
     
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    My laptop mate - kinda like a lab\work device but is portable. Just :)
     
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    Ah I see I see, yes always ideal when its all in one like that isn't it definitely. The power on these laptops now, its pretty great isn't it. I do love a good lab setup especially when studying. I like doing the activities in books and things, I am sad ha ha
     
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    Yeah – must admit I have not used my test servers (sitting in my office) for a while now. Easy enough to get a small lab running on the laptop. Got a few Server 2016 and Window 10 sysprepped (?) VMs so just need to copy them and go from there.
     
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    The only issue with the NUC is lack of multiple native NICs, when I lab for VMware I always tend to have the storage on a different NIC so that there isn't any bottle necks. I do have one sitting on my desk atm and am considering more but ... well tbh I don't know what to do with it.
     
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    I'd always looked at the current 'skullcanyon' NUC as a potential lab machine, would be nice to get something that can take 64GB ram though to fully run my little lab/demo environment.

    Would be handy though, at the moment I've a chunky laptop that does it all, but it's a beast to carry about. So like the idea of using my lightweight machine plus a NUC in some situations.
     
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    @SimonD I’m sure you could come up with a cool use for it mate. I think this new one has two nics. I could be wrong. Many sites don’t mention it.

    @Monkeychops edsctly what I thought. On the road. At a friends house even. It’s not got a screen but is very much mobile because of its size. You can even plug an eGPU into these things if you wanted a 12gb beast card attached. Works well with the older model apparently so likely be a beast on this
     
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    I carry around the old Skull Canyon when I'm on long engagements, if i can drive I usually bring a 4k TV with me too to pull double duty as a monitor for it and better TV than most hotels have (I just have them remove the hotel one)
    it has 32GB ram and 2 1TB NVME cards so its great for labbing things out and studying in the down time, but I'd enjoy a bit of a graphics boost, maybe I should dig into that one more, I think the mem and storage would transfer fine ;)
     
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    Really glad to hear you say that Ryan as that’s exactly the life I had planned for mine, but wasn’t sure if anyone would use it in this way. The new ones i7 makes it almost a mini private cloud in a box I suppose. Shame it can’t take more than 32gb ram but then who knows. Often these things can go higher than they say. My QNAP NAS has 16gb. 8gb more than they say it should
     
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    That’s how I’d plan to use it.

    This week for example am out the country doing some development work and would be nice to have one of those in my bag to use for a lab environment.

    Instead rather than bribing my big heavy laptop I’ve gone with an ultra book and relying on other means to do what I need to, but would be nice to have a lighter weight portable environment.
     

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