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.

Model CPU Max Mem (NUC) Max Mem (CPU)
NUC10i7FNKP Core i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i7FNK Core i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i7FNHC Core i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i7FNH Core i7-10710U (6 Cores, up to 4.70 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i5FNKP Core i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i5FNK Core i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i5FNHJ Core i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i5FNHF Core i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i5FNH Core i5-10210U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i3FNK Core i3-10110U (2 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i3FNHF Core i3-10110U (2 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC10i3FNH Core i3-10110U (2 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz) 64 GB 64 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.

Model CPU Max Mem (NUC) Max Mem (CPU)
NUC9i9QNX Core i9-9980HK (8 Cores, up to 5.00 GHz) 64 GB 128 GB
NUC9i7QNX Core i7-9750H (6 Cores, up to 4.50 GHz) 64 GB 128 GB
NUC9i5QNX Core i5-9300H (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz) 64 GB 128 GB
NUC9V7QNX Core i7-9850H (6 Cores, up to 4.60 GHz) 64 GB 128 GB
NUC9VXQNX Xeon E-2286M (8 Cores, 2.40 GHz) 64 GB 128 GB

 

8th Generation Intel NUC Pro (Provo Canyon)

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

Model CPU Max Mem (NUC) Max Mem (CPU)
NUC8v7PNH Core i7-8665U (4 Cores, up to 4.80 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC8v7PNK Core i7-8665U (4 Cores, up to 4.80 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC8v5PNH Core i5-8365U (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC8v5PNK Core i5-8365U (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC8i3PNH Core i3-8145U (2 Cores, up to 3.90 GHz) 64 GB 64 GB
NUC8i3PNK Core i3-8145U (2 Cores, up to 3.90 GHz) 64 GB 64 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".

Model CPU Max Mem (NUC) Max Mem (CPU)
NUC8i7HNK Core i7-8705G (4 Cores, up to 4.10 GHz) 64 GB 32 GB
NUC8i7HVK Core i7-8809G (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 64 GB 32 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.

Model CPU Max Mem (NUC) Max Mem (CPU)
NUC8i7BEH Core i7-8559U (4 Cores, up to 4.50 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC8i7BEK Core i7-8559U (4 Cores, up to 4.50 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC8i5BEK Core i5-8259U (4 Cores, up to 3.80 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC8i5BEH Core i5-8259U (4 Cores, up to 3.80 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC8i3BEK Core i3-8109U (2 Cores, up to 3.60 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC8i3BEH Core i3-8109U (2 Cores, up to 3.60 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i7DNHE Core i7-8650U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i7DNKE Core i7-8650U (4 Cores, up to 4.20 GHz) 32 GB 32 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.

Model CPU Max Mem (NUC) Max Mem (CPU)
NUC7i7BNH Core i7-7567U (2 Cores, up to 4.00 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i5BNH Core i5-7260U (2 Cores, up to 3.40 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i5BNK Core i5-7260U (2 Cores, up to 3.40 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i5DNHE Core i5-7300U (2 Cores, up to 3.50 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i5DNKE Core i5-7300U (2 Cores, up to 3.50 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i3BNH Core i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i3BNK Core i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i3DNHE Core i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC7i3DNKE Core i3-7100U (2 Cores, 2.40 GHz) 32 GB 32 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.

Model CPU Max Mem (NUC) Max Mem (CPU)
NUC6i7KYK Core i7-6770HQ (4 Cores, up to 3.50 GHz) 32 GB 64 GB
NUC6i5SYH Core i5-6260U (2 Cores, up to 2.90 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC6i5SYK Core i5-6260U (2 Cores, up to 2.90 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC6i3SYH Core i3-6100U (2 Cores, 2.30 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB
NUC6i3SYK Core i3-6100U (2 Cores, 2.30 GHz) 32 GB 32 GB

  1. Hello, thanks for your post.

    I'm planning to buy this NUC NUC9VXQNX also from my home lab. From the Intel compatibility guide I didn't see the Samsung M471A4G43MB1 in the list I'm using this link https://compatibleproducts.intel.com/ProductDetails?activeModule=Intel®%20NUC%20Elements#t I saw that is compatible with the 10th Generation Intel NUC but not to the NUC 9th Extreme/Pro

    What NUC are you using?

    • 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.

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