Intel Skull Canyon NUC has Thunderbolt 3

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Interl announced a new NUC based on Skull Canyon with  Thunderbolt 3. It features a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6770HQ ‘Skylake’ quad-core processor with Iris Pro Graphics 580 and comes with a 45W Thermal Design Power (TDP) processor.

Intel claims that the new NUC “unleashes maximized performance for intense game play or intensive workloads” and will “let people edit photos and videos like a professional or immerse oneself in vividly rendered, seamless 3D gameplay, all in brilliant 4K resolution on three monitors at once.”

Intel NUC Skull Canyon Key Features:

  • 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor (2.6 to 3.5 GHz Turbo, Quad Core, 6 MB Cache, 45W TDP)
  • Intel Iris Pro graphics 580
  • Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) with USB 3.1 and DP1.2 over USB-C
  • Support for DDR4 memory, up to 32GB at 2133+ MHz
  • Support for dual M.2 slots for SATA3/PCIe x4 Gen 3 NVMe/AHCI SSDs
  • Full-size HDMI 2.0 (4K 60Hz) port and Mini DisplayPort version 1.2 (4K 60Hz) supporting 8 channel audio (7.1 surround sound)
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 wifi (802.11 ac) and Bluetooth 2 pre-installed
  • SD card slot (up to 512GB)
  • Four USB 3.0 ports (including one charging port)
  • Intel HD Audio via Headphone/Microphone jack
  • Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Consumer infrared sensor
  • Ships with two lids – one with a skull logo, one plain mate black (Support for user-replaceable third-party lids)
  • Dimension: 216mm x 116mm x 23mm

One of the new features will be a 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connector, you can connect 4K displays, high-speed memory and storage devices or external discrete graphics solutions. The embedded Iris Pro 580 is absed on Intel Gen9 GT4e graphics with 72 Execution Units and 128MB of stacked eDRAM.

The Intel NUC kit NUC6i7KYK has a $650 MSRP and will be available in April 2016 with shipping dates in May. You will need to insert DDR4L memory, a M.2 PCIe SSD and install an operating system. Intel recommends 16GB of memory, a 256GB SSD and Windows 10 getting you a mini box for just under a thousand bucks.

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