Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK Available for Pre-orders

The Skull Canyon NUC is now listed as available for pre-orders at Amazon! According to the site the Skull Canyon NUC pre-orders start shipping from April 30th. The listed price is .

For those of you who are not familiar with the Skull Canyon NUC, it is the latest Intel Core i7-6770HQ powered NUC that is by far and large the most powerful NUC ever released by Intel. It abandons the familiar 4×4 chassis in favor of a wider chassis that offers better cooling for the relatively powerful 45-watt TDP CPU.

Note that it will ship with two lids: one with the “Skull logo” and one plain black.


Here’s a short list of the specifications.

  • Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor (Quad-core, max. 3.5 GHz, TDP 45 W)
  • Intel Iris Pro 580 Graphics
  • Two DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets (up to 32 GB, 2133+ MHz)
  • Two M.2 slots with flexible support for a 42 or 80 mm SATA or PCIe SSD
  • Integrated Wireless-AC 8260 and Bluetooth 4.2 adapter
  • SDXC card reader (UHS-I)
  • Four USB 3.0 ports (including one charging port)
  • Consumer infrared sensor
  • Intel Gigabit LAN adapter
  • One Mini DisplayPort version 1.2
  • One Thunderbolt 3 port with USB 3.1 (USB Type-C connector)
  • One full-size HDMI 2.0 display port


Skull Canyon NUC Features (taken from the product brief)

Skull Canyon NUC Features (taken from the product brief)

Get one!

If you’d like to order yourself one, go talk to the NUC Guru, who can recommend you a matching SSD drive and memory modules. By using the tool you can get an easy shopping list of parts that you will need.

26 Responses

  1. Olli says:

    I’ll also share Jason Obermeyer’s comment to another blog post here: “It’s available for Pre-Order on NewEgg now! Ships 5/12!”

  2. Cel says:

    lol, really?

    Intel are releasing a new NUC when the current GEN 6 is in a state of “emberrassing”

    Lastest bios update (39) bricked my NUC. Are ppl forgetting this?

    wait before intel gets their shit together and fix the current nucs.

  3. calpis says:

    Anyone knows whether irs pro 580 support 5k monitor?

  4. Nickbumbum says:

    Anyone knows when will Intel sell this NUC in Europe?

    • Kyuu Eturautti says:

      For Finland, the distributor Also said that general European availability would start from week 21, so that would make it towards the end of May. They just got the pricing out yesterday.

      • Nickbumbum says:

        Where have you found the pricing?
        Which website?

        • Kyuu Eturautti says:

          Not in any public sites; only the distributor Also Finland. Their site is for resellers only. Usually this means it’ll be on most public webshops within days, sometimes a week.

  5. Keith says:

    Can anyone make a guess on how many watts this nuc will pull under moderate loads? (Not gaming but using photoshop or illustrator and not) power use in my situation has to be tightly controlled.

  6. Pawel says:

    FYI: Skull still locks m.2 drives @ 1600 MB/s.

  7. Chumara says:

    Are you going to be reviewing/testing the Thunderbolt port with external graphics cards to see their performance vs using the same card internally in a normal desktop setup? I’m curious about replacing my desktop altogether with one of these and an external GPU, but I don’t want to regret it post-$1000 down the road.

    • pat says:

      Same here dood, kinda worried about making a 1K investment just to find out stuff is messed up like on the i3 and i5s …

    • Olli says:

      Hello Chumara,

      Thanks for the comment! I just got the Skull Canyon NUC. I don’t think I’ll be able to get hold of an external graphics card in time to include that in the review. Did you have any specific product in mind? Maybe I can write something later on…

  8. psc says:

    New Technical Product Spec (Version 2) has it now listed at 4000MB/s as referenced by Oasis

  9. BVW says:

    Might there be any performance implications if using PCIe (e.g. for the OS) and SATA-III (e.g. for cheaper storage) M.2 SSD drives? Or should you just choose one or the other if doubling up?

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