The i3 Coffee Lake NUC is almost on par with last year's i7 Kaby Lake model

A higher TDP and Intel's Iris Plus Graphics sure did help. The Coffee Lake NUC (AKA "Bean Canyon") is definitely a worthy upgrade from any previous model. A fanless option (and possibly two) is (are) coming in the next two weeks.

"This NUC packs some punch! Keep in mind that this is the lowest end Coffee Lake NUC and it’s still able to beat the highest end Kaby Lake i7 NUC in 3DMark Fire Strike.

It was a long wait for the Coffee Lake NUCs, but dare I say that it was worth it? I think the Coffee Lake i3 NUC must be one of the most positively surprising NUCs I’ve reviewed in a long time."

Source: The NUC Blog