Intel is working on its next generation gaming-grade NUC, codenamed "Phantom Canyon." When it comes out some time in 2020-21, it will feature Intel's 10 nm+ "Tiger Lake" SoC. Intel detailed this and more in a leaked presentation to industry partners. It describes the launch of of the company's "Ghost Canyon" NUC in Fall 2019 to succeed the current "Hades Canyon" gaming NUC. This box features a Core i9-9980HK processor and discrete graphics options. It will be succeeded in 2020-21 (late 2020 or sometime 2021), by the "Phantom Canyon" NUC that's in development.
If Intel can't get PCI-E 4 integrated before 2021, they might as well go straight for PCI-E 5 and have done with it. That said, given how picky PCI-E 4 is with traces, expect PCI-E 5 to be even worse - and thus more expensive.
Drunk Lake! Two architectures for 10th gen, that's totally not undermining themselves at all.
This is pretty much all Intel has left to compete with outside of very high frame rate gaming which AMD should also take that crown next year with Zen3 if it has even the smallest IPC and frequency bumps.
Oh man the 9980HK looks to be a crazy fast 8 core mobile processor. But I have to wonder - Since we have trouble keeping the 6 core proc cool, isn't this now faster and more powerful monster chip going to have an overheating problem too?
Even the nice Clevo laptops with their double stack 8 heat pipe coolers are running quite warm with the new high end Intel chips.