Intel's new Skull Canyon NUC is begging for external graphics

By Shawn Knight
Mar 17, 2016
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  1. Intel teased its Skull Canyon NUC at CES back in January and now, they're ready to share it with the world.

    The Intel Skull Canyon NUC measures just 8.5" x 4.6" x 0.9" with a volume of 0.69 liters – or in other words, it's pretty small. Under the hood is a sixth-generation Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor (45W TDP) with integrated Iris Pro Graphics 580. There's also room for up to 32GB of DDR4 and two M.2 slots for your flash storage needs.

    The barebones kit also includes dual-band Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet and a bevy of miscellaneous I/O ports (Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC slot, an HDMI 2.0 port, a miniDisplayPort 1.2 port and even infrared capabilities should you want to use it alongside your home theater system).

    The Skull Canyon NUC is pretty potent on its own but we all know those integrated graphics will only take gamers so far. But with AMD's recently announced XConnect technology, it's a breeze to add external graphics to a Windows 10 machine with a Thunderbolt 3 connection via something like the new Razer Core external GPU enclosure.

    Pricing is set at $650 for the barebones Skull Canyon NUC although a typical build with 16GB of DDR4, a 256GB SSD and Windows 10 will push the cost to just under a grand. Pre-orders are set to begin next month with units shipping in May.

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  2. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 324   +254

    Now how long must we wait until a laptop with iris pro finally releases?
  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 475   +153

    Too expensive, adding to the already too expensive Razer Core.
    wastedkill and BSim500 like this.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    External graphics will be really, really niche until the cost of the enclosure is <$75 TBH.
    wastedkill likes this.
  5. mrvco

    mrvco TS Rookie

    Laptop + External Graphics makes a lot of sense... Especially if you would maintain a desktop gaming PC otherwise.

    NUC + External Graphics is expensive without the utility of the laptop.
  6. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +6

    This thing is pointless. You could build a mini ITX system for cheaper. Like most laptops, the small form factor will create heat that will degrade the internal hardware exponentially.
    wastedkill and BSim500 like this.
  7. Hammayon

    Hammayon TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +13

  8. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Maniac Posts: 164   +198

    No it isn't. As mentioned yesterday, if you intend to build a "LAN party" style portable gaming rig then a Mini-ITX solution makes far more sense than a stupidly priced $500 empty enclosure on top of a $1,000 NUC (on top of whatever GFX cards you buy). Room to room mobility doesn't "demand" anywhere near the price premium any more that some proprietary form factor products are trying to get away with. Many Mini-ITX cases even come with carrying handles in the lid that make them more portable in practise than trying to balance one box on top of another.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016
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