Skull Canyon, Intel’s ‘Most Powerful NUC Yet,’ Launches In Q1 2016
A leaked internal documentation has surfaced which suggests that Intel might be planning on launching a new enthusiast-oriented Next Unit of Computing, or NUC in Q1 2016. The small form factor, dubbed Skull Canyon, is said to be the company’s most powerful NUC yet, that will feature a Skylake based CPU paired with an elusive Gen9 GT4e graphics, namely the Iris Pro 580.
According to the leaked Intel documentation (via FanlessTech), the iGPU inside the Skull Canyon will feature 576 ALUs, in 72 EUs, in a total 9 subslices, with 128MB of stacked eDRAM. Not much details are known at this point but with the following specs, the little NUC should offer potent graphics capability that should surpass most HTPCs.
Further, Skull Canyon is expected to pack Intel’s Skylake-U series with Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading. The clock speed on the chip, according to Intel’s marketing material, hit 1Ghz, but that could change in the closed thermal envelop of the NUC. Who knows, with the enthusiast label, the NUC may come with a quad-core chip. Still, we’re looking at a performance near GeForce GTX 750 levels.
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