Intel Skull Canyon NUC pocket-sized gaming PC

Intel Skull Canyon Mini PCIntel has announced their Skull Canyon mini PC system and it will be available to preorder from next month with shipping starting in May.

The high-performance NUC (Next Unit of Computing) Skull Canyon mini PC is equipped with an Intel Core i7-6770HQ quad core processor supported by Intel iris Pro 580 graphics and will be priced starting at around $650.

The current crop of NUC machines couldn’t really hack gaming due them being limited to dual-core processors, but this latest generation sees them packing Skylake Core i7-6770HQ chips.

Besides packing four of Intel’s latest generation Skylake cores, this chip also features Intel’s most powerful graphics core, the Iris Pro 580.

The 216mm x 116mm x 23mm systems can be fitted with up to 32GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM and is equipped with 2 x M.2 slots for the installation of solid state disks (SSD).

Wireless connectivity is provided by both 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth together with a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired connections.

Skull Canyon NUC angleThe front of the Skull Canyon NUC features an SD card reader and two USB 3.0 ports, plus a combo analogue headset jack and integrated IrDA.

Skull Canyon NUC backThe back has bonkers connectivity for the size of this tiny PC – there’s an optical and analogue audio port, Gigabit ethernet, two USB 3.0 Type A ports, miniDisplayPort, and HDMI 3.0, plus a Thunderbolt 3.0 port. With the latter trio, Intel says you can drive up to three 4K UltraHD monitors at up to 60Hz. I’ll just let that sink in for a moment.

Depending on your preferences you can choose between two case lids which are both provided with this system one offering a matte black finish and the other offering a more ominous skull logo.

The Intel Skull Canyon mini PC systems will start from $650 with a system loaded with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and Windows 10 will cost around $1,000.

Expect the new systems to be available to preorder from online stores such as Newegg during April 2016 with shipping expected to take place a month later during May.