Intel confirms Skull Canyon PC, launch expect in Q2 2016

Posted on Friday, Jan 08 2016 @ 13:13 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Tom's Hardware had a meeting with Intel at CES 2016 and received confirmation that the Skull Canyon PC is real. This new small form factor gaming PC measures 4 x 8 (101.6mm x 203.2mm) and is just 1" (25.4mm) thick.

The prototype featured a dark metallic gray enclosure, with slightly rounded-off edges. Inside the PC is a yet unreleased H-series Skylake processor with BGA packaging and a 45W TDP, Iris Pro integrated graphics, DDR4 memory and likely an M.2 SSD.
That slim little chassis will surely heat up fast with a 45 W CPU, but Intel seems confident that it has a sufficient cooling solution. The front and rear of the chassis (that’s the part that’s four inches across) have a metal mesh, and there’s a small fan inside. Of course, with the chassis at just an inch thick, the fan has to be horizontally oriented, so it’s sort of a “squirrel cage” setup.
Other features include our USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 Type-C port, Ethernet, SD memory card slot, DisplayPort, and HDMI. The Type-C port supports Thunderbolt 3 and will allow you to hook up an external graphics card box, similar to Razer's Blade Stealth laptop.

You can expect Intel's Skull Canyon PC to hit retail stores in Q2 2016.

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