Intel revealed its new Skull Canyon NUC at the Game Developers Conference. We've been hearing about this mini PC for some time now, it's a high-end model designed for gamers and it features an Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor with Iris Pro 580 integrated graphics. The quad-core CPU features a frequency of 2.6GHz, a 3.5GHz Turbo and a 45W TD.
This NUC6i7KYK system features Intel's fastest GPU but demanding gamers can connect an external graphics card solution to the NUC via its Thunderbolt 3 port.
The Skull Canyon NUC is a barebone, you need to add memory and storage yourelf. The system has two DDR4 SODIMM slots and two M.2 storage connectors for SSDs. Other than this, the NUC6i7KYK offers Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB 3.0 ports. The top cover prominently features a skull but Intel also includes a neutral black cover.
At the 2016 Game Developers Conference today, Intel highlighted the benefits of the PC as the leading gaming platform and also outlined the opportunities for game developers to enable faster development of exciting new PC gaming experiences by leveraging Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® Graphics, Intel® RealSense™ technology and Thunderbolt™ 3. Intel also unveiled the much-anticipated Intel NUC (code-named Skull Canyon) featuring a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Intel Iris Pro graphics and Thunderbolt 3. With Virtual Reality (VR) gaining in popularity, Intel announced the “VR Ready” initiative to help people find the PC that works best for their VR experiences and reinforced the importance for making gaming more inclusive and harassment free with initiatives like AnyKey.
Availability is slated for May with pricing of $649.99.