Mini-PCs are here to stay, and Intel's NUC lineup is a mainstay of that category. The last NUCs we looked at had Broadwell CPUs. It was just a matter of time before the chipmaker put its latest and greatest Skylake-based mobile CPUs into the miniature systems, and that time has come. Several Skylake NUCs are now official.
Four models make up the Skylake NUC lineup. These boxes use a pair of CPU models and a pair of enclosures in total. The NUC6i3SYH and NUC6i3SYK both use a two-core, four-thread Core i3-6100U processor with 3MB of L3 cache and an HD Graphics 520 integrated graphics processor. The 6100U runs at 2.3GHz in a 15W thermal envelope. The NUC6i5SYH and NUC6i5SYK use a speedier Core i5-6260U, which runs its two cores at 1.8GHz base and 2.9GHz turbo speeds in a 15W TDP. The faster model is also equipped with a fancier Iris Graphics 540 IGP.
Just like past NUCs, these Skylake models are barebones systems. Each model has a pair of SO-DIMM slots for up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory, plus an M.2 slot compatible with NVMe and AHCI SSDs. The H models have taller enclosures that make room for a 2.5" SATA drive. All of these NUCs have Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and four USB 3.0 ports. Two displays can be hooked up to HDMI 1.4 and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 connectors.
The system names may be a mouthful, but the systems themselves are diminutive. Each model has a 4.5" x 4.4" footprint. Because they have room for a 2.5" drive, the H systems are 1.9" tall, compared to the 1.3" height of the smaller K models. Just like with past NUCs, the Skylake models have an external power brick. No word on pricing or availability for these mini-PCs just yet.
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