Intel has published the final specifications for the Skylake i3 and i5 NUCs. The final list of specifications look very much like the list we predicted a bit earlier. Here are the final specifications:
- Intel Core i3-6100U and Core i5-6260U processors
- 2 DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM slots, max. 32 GB RAM
- Intel HD Graphics 520 (for i3 models) and Iris Graphics 540 (for i5 models) (even if Intel website says 520 for i5 model, I believe that is not correct)
- HDMI 1.4b
- Mini DisplayPort 1.2
- 4x USB 3.0 ports (normal, not type C), one of the front ports is fast charging capable
- M.2 SSD slot
- Support for 2.5″ SATA drive (the models with the higher case)
- Intel gigabit Ethernet adapter
- Intel Wireless-AC 8260 802.11ac WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.1 support (soldered down)
- Headphone/mic jack, consumer IR sensor and SDXC card reader
Compared to Previous Generation (Broadwell NUC)
When we look at the differences between the Broadwell NUC of last year and the new Skylake NUC we can spot the following:
- Skylake CPUs instead of Broadwell CPUs (meaning approximately 20% more horsepower and 8-bit 4k-capable HEVC HW decoding)
- DDR4 memory instead of DDR3
- Full-size HDMI 1.4b port instead of Mini HDMI 1.4a
- Wireless adapter has been updated to Wireless-AC 8260 that has also Bluetooth 4.1 support instead of 4.0 only
- SDXC card reader
In the looks department the two devices look very much the same – obviously there’s a slot for the SD card and the HDMI connector has changed, but other than that it will be hard to tell them apart.
When it comes to the Skylake NUC release date, according to the latest rumors the i3 version will be available in first shops around Christmas and the i5 version will follow during the next months.
You may also want to check out the product brief on Intel’s site.