Cannon Lake: Intel's first 10nm generation is already history


Out of sheer Geforce GTX 1660 Super (test) and Core i9-9900KS (test) we almost missed the end of the NUC8I3CYSM / NUC8I3CYSN: behind this cryptic name hides the Crimson Canyon (test), a mini-PC from Intel with a Cannon Lake chip, the first 10 nm generation. These NUCs will now expire as the manufacturer does via Product Change Notification (PDF) communicated.

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Anyone looking for Cannon Lake in the database at Intel will not find anything, even the existing overview page disappeared, Only those who know that the only ever released chip is the Core i3-8121U will be in the Ark find it, This is a dual core with deactivated Gen10 graphics unit. This seems to be so unpleasant for the manufacturer that at a presentation in December 2018 on a slide for the development of iGPU performance was transferred directly from Gen9 to Gen11.

Also, the performance of the two CPU cores is more bad than good, because they clock lower than in similar 14-nm models like the Core i3-8130U and cut at the same power dissipation slower. The AVX-512 instruction set does not help either, because only one pipeline is installed. Offside the NUC there is – ergo unsurprisingly – just another device with Cannon Lake chip, namely the intended for the Asian education sector Ideapad 330-15ICN Lenovo. There is soldered as in the Crimson Canyon NUC lack of iGPU a Radeon graphics unit from AMD.

Intel emphasized the end of 2018, 10-nm processors deliver, except vanishingly small numbers of a test line from the D1X Fab in the US state of Oregon, but there were no more chips. Meanwhile, 10+ nm is manufactured in the Fab 28 in the Israeli Kiryat Gat, but these Ice Lake U / Y mentioned models suffer from low clock and poor availability. Looking at the server segment, that does not bode well for the 38-core Ice Lake SP, the XCC version of the design.