Intel NUC Model Lineup

When you want to run VMware ESXi in homelabs you want to have a system that is small, silent, and transportable. A common system in the homelab ecosystem is Intel's NUC.

NUCs are not officially supported by VMware but they are very widespread in many homelabs or test environments. The following NUCs are confirmed to run stable with ESXi.

Model CPU Cores TDP Storage Price
10th Gen Comet Lake Frost Canyon NUC10i7FNK i7-10710U 6 x 1.10 GHz (4.70 GHz) 15 W M.2 $620
NUC10i7FNH i7-10710U 6 x 1.10 GHz (4.70 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $628
NUC10i5FNK i5-10210U 4 x 1.60 GHz (4.20 GHz) 15 W M.2 $448
NUC10i5FNH i5-10210U 4 x 1.60 GHz (4.20 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $444
NUC10i3FNK i3-10110U 2 x 2.10 GHz (4.10 GHz) 15 W M.2 $355
NUC10i3FNH i3-10110U 2 x 2.10 GHz (4.10 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $343
9th Gen Coffee Lake Ghost Canyon NUC9i9QNX i9-9980HK 8 x 2.40 GHz (5.00 GHz) 45 W 3x M.2 $1640
NUC9i7QNX i7-9750H 6 x 2.60 GHz (4.50 GHz) 45 W 3x M.2 $1273
NUC9i5QNX i5-9300H 4 x 2.40 GHz (4.10 GHz) 45 W 3x M.2 $999
Quartz Canyon NUC9V7QNX i7-9850H 6 x 2.60 GHz (4.60 GHz) 45 W 3x M.2 $1399
NUC9VXQNX E-2286M 8 x 2.40 GHz (5.00 GHz) 45 W 3x M.2 $1726
8th Gen Whiskey Lake Provo Canyon NUC8v7PNH i7-8665U 4 x 1.90 GHz (4.80 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $712
NUC8v7PNK i7-8665U 4 x 1.90 GHz (4.80 GHz) 15 W M.2 $712
NUC8v5PNH i5-8365U 4 x 1.60 GHz (4.10 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $549
NUC8v5PNK i5-8365U 4 x 1.60 GHz (4.10 GHz) 15 W M.2 $529
NUC8i3PNH i3-8145U 2 x 2.10 GHz (3.90 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $395
NUC8i3PNK i3-8145U 2 x 2.10 GHz (3.90 GHz) 15 W M.2 $348
Coffee Lake Bean Canyon NUC8i7BEH i7-8559U 4 x 2.70 GHz (4.50 GHz) 28 W M.2 / 2.5" $564
NUC8i7BEK i7-8559U 4 x 2.70 GHz (4.50 GHz) 28 W M.2 N/A
NUC8i5BEK i5-8259U 4 x 2.30 GHz (3.80 GHz) 28 W M.2 $453
NUC8i5BEH i5-8259U 4 x 2.30 GHz (3.80 GHz) 28 W M.2 / 2.5" $549
NUC8i3BEK i3-8109U 2 x 3.00 GHz (3.60 GHz) 28 W M.2 $338
NUC8i3BEH i3-8109U 2 x 3.00 GHz (3.60 GHz) 28 W M.2 / 2.5" $332
Kaby Lake G Hades Canyon NUC8i7HNK i7-8705G 4 x 3.10 GHz (4.10 GHz) 65 W 2x M.2 $892
NUC8i7HVK i7-8809G 4 x 3.10 GHz (4.20 GHz) 100 W 2x M.2 $1108
Kaby Lake R Dawson Canyon NUC7i7DNHE i7-8650U 4 x 1.90 GHz (4.20 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $760
NUC7i7DNKE i7-8650U 4 x 1.90 GHz (4.20 GHz) 15 W M.2 $672
7th Gen Kaby Lake Baby Canyon NUC7i7BNH i7-7567U 2 x 3.50 GHz (4.00 GHz) 28 W M.2 / 2.5" $712
NUC7i5BNH i5-7260U 2 x 2.20 GHz (3.40 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $780
NUC7i5BNK i5-7260U 2 x 2.20 GHz (3.40 GHz) 15 W M.2 $540
NUC7i3BNH i3-7100U 2 x 2.40 GHz 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $388
NUC7i3BNK i3-7100U 2 x 2.40 GHz 15 W M.2 $333
Dawson Canyon NUC7i5DNHE i5-7300U 2 x 2.60 GHz (3.50 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $691
NUC7i5DNKE i5-7300U 2 x 2.60 GHz (3.50 GHz) 15 W M.2 $503
NUC7i3DNHE i3-7100U 2 x 2.40 GHz 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $547
NUC7i3DNKE i3-7100U 2 x 2.40 GHz 15 W M.2 $339
6th Gen Skylake Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK i7-6770HQ 4 x 2.60 GHz (3.50 GHz) 45 W 2x M.2 $780
Swift Canyon NUC6i5SYH i5-6260U 2 x 1.80 GHz (2.90 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $483
NUC6i5SYK i5-6260U 2 x 1.80 GHz (2.90 GHz) 15 W M.2 $358
NUC6i3SYH i3-6100U 2 x 2.30 GHz 15 W M.2 / 2.5" N/A
NUC6i3SYK i3-6100U 2 x 2.30 GHz 15 W M.2 $299
5th Gen Broadwell Rock Canyon NUC5i7RYH i7-5557U 2 x 3.10 GHz (3.40 GHz) 28 W M.2 / 2.5" $554
NUC5i5RYK i5-5250U 2 x 1.60 GHz (2.70 GHz) 15 W M.2 $356
NUC5i5RYH i5-5250U 2 x 1.60 GHz (2.70 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $370
NUC5i3RYH i3-5010U 2 x 2.10 GHz 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $349
NUC5i3RYK i3-5010U 2 x 2.10 GHz 15 W M.2 N/A
Maple Canyon NUC5i5MYHE i5-5300U 2 x 2.30 GHz (2.90 GHz) 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $496
NUC5i3MYHE i3-5010U 2 x 2.10 GHz 15 W M.2 / 2.5" $337

 

Intel NUC Naming Convention

The Intel NUC Model contains several parts, each of which has a definition and assignment. Use the following table to learn more about your model.

Example: NUC5i5MYHE

Type Example Description
NUC Gen NUC5 NUC Generation. Corresponds to the Processor Generation.
CPU i5 Processor type:
i3 - Core i3
i5 - Core i5
i7 - Core i7
VX - Xeon
Family MY 2-letter NUC Family Code:
FN - Frost Canyon
QN - Quartz Canyon
PN - Provo Canyon
IN - Islay Canyon
BE - Bean Canyon
HN/HV - Hades Canyon
DN - Dawson Canyon
BN - Baby Canyon
KY - Skull Canyon
SY - Swift Canyon
RY - Rock Canyon
MY - Maple Canyon
Form Factor H NUC form factor and storage type:
B - Board only
K - Slim Kit
H - Tall Kit (System with 2.5" drive bay)
Suffix E E - extended life cycle (Commercial NUCs)