Intel has announced the launch of its first complete NUC Gaming oriented system. Intel codenamed NUC6i7KYK, the NUC has a considerably larger size than its predecessors and is equipped with a processor Intel Core i7-6770HQ based architecture Skylake , although Intel has christened as a NUC Skull Canyon. Intel NUC Skull Canyon PC review. Also see Intel Broadwell powered NUC.
Let’s start talking about the design, it is what we have found most striking. As you can see in the pictures of this article, the NUC6i7KYK has a size that is approximately twice as common in NUC Intel systems. Thanks to this, not only can install various additional storage options, but the manufacturer has been able to install a far more potent than with the rest of NUCs, cooling system since the installed processor has a TDP of 45 watts, considerably higher than what Intel had been using so far in their mini PCs and therefore need better cooling.
Turning to the field of hardware, this new Intel NUC seems to have enough muscle to move without too much trouble any game at resolutions 720p, and even many titles in full HD resolution. Yes, since Intel has been involved in the development of XConnect technology , it seems clear that this equipment has been designed with this in mind since among other things incorporates a port Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) that would allow the use of external GPUs with devices like Razer Core.
As we noted above has an Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor, equipped with four physical cores and 8 processing threads (thanks to hyper threading technology) operating at a base of 2.6 Ghz and 3.5 Ghz turbo up to speed. This processor features 6MB of L3 cache, 128 MB of cache L4 and is accompanied by Intel Iris Pro 580 graphics with 576 cores running at 950 Mhz, 72 TMUs and 9 ROPs, more than enough for most games resolution sub- 1080p.
Intel will sell this new NUC in barebones version and full version with different hardware configurations. For example, the barebones version (diskless or RAM) will be priced at $ 650 (very cheap if we consider only the processor and costs $ 435 in OEM), and a full version with 16 GB of RAM DDR4-2133 mhz and 256 GB SSD with Windows 10 preinstalled cost $ 999.