First Signs of Skylake NUCs Shipping in the Nearby Future
Some Dutch and Belgian online stores have listed the coming Skylake NUC models on their pages already. For example, see Redcorp or Solitee. The specifications are not listed properly yet, but the following is probably very close to the final specifications:
- Intel Core i3-6100U and Core i5-6260U processors
- 2 DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, max. 32 GB RAM
- Intel HD Graphics 520 (for i3 models) and Iris Graphics 540 (for i5 models)
- HDMI 1.4a
- Mini DisplayPort 1.2
- 4x USB 3.0 ports (normal, not type C)
- M.2 SSD slot
- Support for 2.5″ SATA drive (the models with the higher case)
- Intel gigabit Ethernet adapter
- Intel 802.11ac WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 support (soldered down)
- Headphone/mic jack, consumer IR sensor and SDXC card reader
The product codes that the stores are using will be the following:
- BOXNUC6I3SYK – compact Core i3 model
- BOXNUC6I3SYH – Core i3 model with space for a 2.5″ drive
- BOXNUC6I5SYK – compact Core i5 model
- BOXNUC6I5SYH – Core i5 model with space for a 2.5″ drive
The same product codes also exist with an L and an R in the end, but I have no insight into the significance of that letter. For example, there’s BOXNUC6I3SYK, BOXNUC6I3SYKL and BOXNUC6I3SYKR. These codes might make it easier to find the early details on the Internet.
You can also find the models mentioned on an Intel preproduction support page. Intel has also earlier released graphics drivers for the Skylake HD and Iris Graphics GPUs.
I expect the first Skylake NUCs to be shipping before Christmas and the availability starts to be good around January. Pricing seems to be similar than it has been before: the pages mentioned earlier seem to advertise the i3 for approximately €350 and the i5 for €450. This probably translates to something like $320 and $420 in the US.