Intel unveils first Skylake-based NUCs
November 16, 2015 // 11:38 a.m.
Intel has officially unveiled its first Skylake-based Next Unit of Computing (NUC) bare-bones PC kits, offering Core i3 and Core i5 variants with 15W thermal design profile (TDP) parts.
Some of the smallest PCs around, Intel's naming of its bare-bones compact computing systems as the Next Unit of Computing reveals its belief that small computers are the way forward. As a result, the only surprise is that it has taken the company this long since the launch of desktop and laptop Skylake processors to add its sixth-generation Core parts to the NUC range.
The refreshed bare-bones systems span four individual models: two featuring the Intel Core i3-6100U dual-core quad-thread 2.3GHz processor and 3MB cache with Intel HD Graphics 520 processor, and two offering the more powerful Core i5-6260U dual-core quad-thread 1.8GHz/2.9GHz and 4MB cache with Intel Iris Graphics 540. Both chips are rated at a 15W thermal design profile (TDP), with the Core i3 dropping to a TDP-down of 7.5W and the i5 to 9.5W.
Aside from processor type, the specifications of the four new models are near-identical. Supplied in cases as bare-bones systems, each offers embedded gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, HDMI, mini DisplayPort and WiDi display connectivity, 7.1-channel sound, four USB 3.0 ports with one permanently-on charging port and two USB 2.0 internal headers, an SDXC memory card slot, and a built-in infra-red-sensor for home theatre use. Each can support up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, and is available in M.2-exclusive or M.2 and 2.5" SATA storage variants.
Intel has yet to confirm UK pricing and availability for the new NUC models.