Intel NUC with 64GB Memory Support (6th - 10th Gen)

Intel NUCs can go up to 32GB Memory for about 5 years. With the growing memory requirements of VMware Software, these numbers have become a problem in NUC based Homelabs. Luckily, single 32GB Modules are available and affordable now which boosts many NUC generations up to 64GB.

At the moment, there are a few vendors providing single 32GB DDR4 SO-DIMM modules. I highly recommend getting the Samsung M471A4G43MB1 module, which is not only very affordable and available but also listed on Intel's compatibility list for 10th Generation NUCs. A single 32GB Module costs about $130 on Amazon at the moment. The price has dropped massively in the last 12 months. In February 2019, a single module was available for $380. The lowest price was around Christmas 2019 at $112. Currently (March 2020) the module is available for $124.


10th Generation Intel NUC (Frost Canyon)

All 10th Gen NUCs are officially supported with 64GB Memory. The Samsung M471A4G43MB1 module is listed on Intel's compatibility list.

ModelCPUMax Mem (NUC)Max Mem (CPU)
NUC10i7FNKPCore i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i7FNKCore i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i7FNHCCore i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i7FNHCore i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i5FNKPCore i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i5FNKCore i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i5FNHJCore i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i5FNHFCore i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i5FNHCore i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i3FNKCore i3-10110U (2 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i3FNHFCore i3-10110U (2 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC10i3FNHCore i3-10110U (2 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz)64 GB64 GB

 

9th Generation Intel NUC (Ghost Canyon, Quartz Canyon)

All 9th Gen NUCs are officially supported with 64GB Memory. The CPU supports 128 GB but single 64GB modules do not exist at the moment.

ModelCPUMax Mem (NUC)Max Mem (CPU)
NUC9i9QNXCore i9-9980HK (8 Cores, up to 5.00 GHz)64 GB128 GB
NUC9i7QNXCore i7-9750H (6 Cores, up to 4.50 GHz)64 GB128 GB
NUC9i5QNXCore i5-9300H (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz)64 GB128 GB
NUC9V7QNXCore i7-9850H (6 Cores, up to 4.60 GHz)64 GB128 GB
NUC9VXQNXXeon E-2286M (8 Cores, 2.40 GHz)64 GB128 GB

 

8th Generation Intel NUC Pro (Provo Canyon)

All 9th Gen NUCs are officially supported with 64GB Memory.

ModelCPUMax Mem (NUC)Max Mem (CPU)
NUC8v7PNHCore i7-8665U (4 Cores, up to 4.80 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC8v7PNKCore i7-8665U (4 Cores, up to 4.80 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC8v5PNHCore i5-8365U (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC8v5PNKCore i5-8365U (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC8i3PNHCore i3-8145U (2 Cores, up to 3.90 GHz)64 GB64 GB
NUC8i3PNKCore i3-8145U (2 Cores, up to 3.90 GHz)64 GB64 GB

 

8th Generation Intel NUC (Hades Canyon)

The Skull Canyon successor supports 64GB Memory. It's a little bit odd that the CPU only shows 32GB but Intel's ARK is known to be inconsistent sometimes. For memory, sometimes the value refers to "Per Module Max" instead of "System Max".

ModelCPUMax Mem (NUC)Max Mem (CPU)
NUC8i7HNKCore i7-8705G (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz)64 GB32 GB
NUC8i7HVKCore i7-8809G (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)64 GB32 GB

 

8th Generation Intel NUC (Bean Canyon, Dawson Canyon)

8th Generation Bean Canyon and Dawson Canyon are not officially supported with 64GB Memory but they work great which has been verified many times by the community.

ModelCPUMax Mem (NUC)Max Mem (CPU)
NUC8i7BEHCore i7-8559U (4 Cores, up to 4.50 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC8i7BEKCore i7-8559U (4 Cores, up to 4.50 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC8i5BEKCore i5-8259U (4 Cores, up to 3.80 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC8i5BEHCore i5-8259U (4 Cores, up to 3.80 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC8i3BEKCore i3-8109U (2 Cores, up to 3.60 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC8i3BEHCore i3-8109U (2 Cores, up to 3.60 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i7DNHECore i7-8650U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i7DNKECore i7-8650U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz)32 GB32 GB

7th Generation Intel NUC (Baby Canyon, Dawson Canyon)

None of the 7th Gen NUCs are not officially supported with 64GB Memory but they work great which has been verified many times by the community.

ModelCPUMax Mem (NUC)Max Mem (CPU)
NUC7i7BNHCore i7-7567U (2 Cores, up to 4.00 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i5BNHCore i5-7260U (2 Cores, up to 3.40 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i5BNKCore i5-7260U (2 Cores, up to 3.40 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i5DNHECore i5-7300U (2 Cores, up to 3.50 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i5DNKECore i5-7300U (2 Cores, up to 3.50 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i3BNHCore i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i3BNKCore i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i3DNHECore i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC7i3DNKECore i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz)32 GB32 GB

6th Generation Intel NUC (Skull Canyon, Swift Canyon)

None of the 6th Gen NUCs are not officially supported with 64GB Memory. The Skull Canyon has a CPU that is listed with 64 GB but in fact, all 6th Gen NUCs go up to 64GB.

ModelCPUMax Mem (NUC)Max Mem (CPU)
NUC6i7KYKCore i7-6770HQ (4 Cores, up to 3.50 GHz)32 GB64 GB
NUC6i5SYHCore i5-6260U (2 Cores, up to 2.90 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC6i5SYKCore i5-6260U (2 Cores, up to 2.90 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC6i3SYHCore i3-6100U (2 Cores, 2.30 GHz)32 GB32 GB
NUC6i3SYKCore i3-6100U (2 Cores, 2.30 GHz)32 GB32 GB

11 thoughts on “Intel NUC with 64GB Memory Support (6th - 10th Gen)”

    1. I would interpret it as "It's not verified by Intel". I've tested the Samsung 32GB module with 7/8/10th Gen, without problems. It's not supported in Gen 7/8 but it still works.

  1. Hi,

    Nice article! Regarding the 6th gen NUCs you write: 'The Skull Canyon has a CPU that is listed with 64 GB but in fact, all 6th Gen NUCs go up to 64GB.' Looking at the table I think this might be '.... all 6th Gen NUCs go up to 32GB.' or is the table incorrect?

    Kind regards,
    Dirk-Jan

  2. Hey, thanks for this article, i have a question.

    I bought an NUC7i3BNH with 2x32gb RAM (M471A4G43MB1-CTD
    ), when I plug the ram, it is not recognized, the power button of my nuc flashes 3 times (ram problem according to the site of intel), is there a manipulation to be made so that the 64gb are recognized ?

    1. No, there is no special setting required for 64GB to work.
      Did you try reseating or with single modules to rule out module or slot problems?

  3. Just to be absolutely sure: You wrote for the NUC 7i7BNH "None of the 7th Gen NUCs are not officially supported with 64GB Memory but they work great which has been verified many times by the community." - I bought that model to replace my older NUC5i5YBH. So I can use 2x32 GB for that NUC7i7BNH despite it's saying "32 GB max?? Would it be possible to run with 1x 32 GB and 1 slot empty in case in run into problems so I won't have 2nd 32 GB lying around?

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