Ars Technica published yesterday some interesting new information about the upcoming Skylake i7 NUC also known as Skull Canyon NUC.
According to their information the i7 NUC will be equipped with 45-watt quad-core Skylake CPU and Iris Pro Graphics 580 GPU with 72 execution units and 128 megabytes of embedded DRAM cache. In addition to the CPU/GPU changes the Skull Canyon NUC will also feature a Thunderbolt 3 port / USB Type C port.
According to Tom’s Hardware Intel will release a new type of chassis for the Skull Canyon that will be approximately 4″ x 8″ x 1″ (10 x 20 x 2.5 cm) in size. That would definitely be something new.
This will by far and large be the most powerful NUC there is in the market. It will be interesting to see what kind of cooling solution they will choose. The Broadwell i7 NUC with a 28-watt CPU struggled to keep the fan speed within reasonable limits due to the amount of heat generated. It’s quite clear that Skull Canyon NUC cannot feature the same cooling solution the other Skylake NUCs have or otherwise the fan would be running too fast too often.
Some of the rumors say that the Skull Canyon NUC will be released towards the end of the first quarter whereas others place the release date in Q2/2016.