Intel Skull Canyon-nuc Review – If it has to be necessarily small

Sep

14

2016

In summary
With the Skull Canyon nuc Intel has a fast processor plugged into a small case. Memory and SSDs you should buy yourself, but then you have support for two-nvme SSDs in RAID 0. Unfortunately produces the cooling of the processor much noise and shoot even short with heavy loads.

pluses
Fast CPU and GPU
Space for two SSD and raid
Compact size
Negative points
noisy cooling
Cooling may fall short
The price
final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 7
Price for publication: € 600, –
Available from: € 594, –
Tested version: Intel NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK (Skull Canyon)
Since the Sandy Bridge processor generation Intel builds nucs, where “nuc” stands for next unit of computing. Nucs small barebones that were initially efficient processors with a TDP of seventeen Watts provided. At Broadwell-nucs Intel already uses a fast processor with Iris 6100 GPU and the current Skylake-generation Intel apparently found it time to draw his fastest GPU out of the closet. To increase the cooling capacity of the nuc was larger and to emphasize that this is the fastest nuc of the moment, he was nicknamed Skull Canyon, with its skull on the housing. The CPU is the Core i7-6770HQ with Iris Pro 580 GPU.

Intel Skull Canyon nuc

Appearance and connectors

Intel’s ‘normal’ nucs measure about 11 by 11 centimeters and 3.2 or 4.8 centimeters, depending on the possibility to add a hard drive. The Skull Canyon-nuc measures 11.5 by 21 centimeters and is only 2.7 centimeters high. This is still a small system that you can easily conceal. For those who want to paste the nuc behind his screen, Intel provides a VESA mount holes with at 75×75 and 100x100mm with. Who wants to put his nuc be within sight, but not like skulls, Intel delivers a second charge logo cap.

Intel Skull Canyon nuc Intel has provided the nuc sufficient connections, although you probably need to find the correct adapter cable. For connecting monitors have HDMI and mini DisplayPort present, but with a verloopje it can of course also on the USB-C connector, which also supports 3.0 thunderbolt. Old-fashioned USB connections are also present, with two front and two rear seating. The jack socket is duplicated, so you can just connect your speakers, but also can pierce headphones into it at the front. Finally, there is an SD card reader provided and includes the nuc an infrared receiver, for those who want to use the system as a HTPC.

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Hardware and benchmarks

Purchase your Intel Skull Canyon nuc for one euro or six hundred to Skull Canyon-nuc, then that includes a Core i7-6770HQ processor that is soldered to the motherboard. For that money you’re not ready yet, because memory and storage you need to take care of yourself. For memory, there are two DDR4 DIMM slots available, which support modules 1.2 and 1.35 volts. In total, up to 32GB of memory is supported. For an ordinary hard drive there is no room in the nuc; Instead, you can two-m2 SSDs of up to 80 millimeters long lost. That may be both SATA and PCIe-SSDs, supporting nvme or ahci. Do you have two SSDs, you can put them in RAID 0.

Because our nvme-SSDs were in use, we have to test our nuc features an old-fashioned Plextor PX-AG512M6e-SSD, along with 8GB ddr4-2133 memory. The system we have put to work with a number of benchmarks, because we wanted to know how quickly the ‘fastest’ nuc now is.

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