Intel Announces Powerful Skull Canyon-NUC-barebone to




Intel has announced a new NUC. The Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK is the most powerful mini PC from Intel so far and is equipped with a Core i7-6770HQ processor with Iris Pro 580 GPU. There is a thunderbolt 3 port provided for connecting an external graphics card.

With dimensions of 211x116x28mm is the Skull Canyon NUC slightly larger than the square boxes barebone Intel released earlier. As for hardware, the new barebone also a lot more powerful. The Core i7-6770HQ is one of the fastest CPUs for mobile devices from Intel. The Skylake processor has four cores and eight threads. The base frequency is 2.6GHz and turbo rises to 3.5GHz. The chip has a TDP of 45W.

The processor is an Intel Iris Pro 580 GPU handles with 72 execution units and 128MB eDRAM. Although this is the fastest GPU from Intel, avid gamers will probably need more graphics power. That is to add to the NUC by an external graphics card to be connected to the 3-port thunderbolt. For that need an enclosure such as the Razor Core, where a video card fits. AMD introduced last week XConnect standard for external graphics cards on thunderbolt 3 ​​and Nvidia has added his drivers beta support for the technology.

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Memory and storage needs to be added. There is space available for two DDR4 SODIMMs, the maximum amount of RAM that can be used is 32GB. There are two m2 connectors for SSD’s. The connectors support nvme-SSDs offer PCI-E 4x speeds. The housing has Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, four USB 3.0 ports, a fullsize- HDMI 2.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort 1.2 connection. Intel offers two cover plates for housing with a variant of the Skull Canyon logo and a neutral plate in matt black.

Intel is the Skull Canyon NUC sales from May in the US for a suggested retail price of $ 650. Converted including VAT is around 700 euros. Intel also claims that there is complete configurations are available from retailers. NUC with a 256GB-SSD, 16GB DDR4 RAM and Windows 10 will cost $ 999, the manufacturer expects.

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