Intel has announced its very first mini desktop for gamers at the Game Developers Conference 2016, dubbed the Skull Canyon.
The Skull Canyon NUC is almost twice as large as your average NUC, but it is still pretty small and yet packs a punch when it comes to performance. The Skull Canyon packs an Intel Core i7-6770HQ “Skylake” quad-core processor with 6MB of L3 cache and 128MB L4 cache. Handling the graphics is Intel’s Iris 580 iGPU, its most powerful yet. The company says the Iris Pro 580 is capable of outperforming majority of discrete graphics cards out there, so you should be able to enjoy a decent experience playing most modern games at 1080p resolution. Of course, most gamers aren’t going to be happy with that, so Intel allows you to add a more powerful external graphics card through the 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 port using the Razer Core.
The NUC offers support for up to 32GB DDR4 memory, two m.2 SSDs, USB Type-C port, and can drive up to three 4K monitors. Connectivity features offered include four USB 3.0 ports, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, and a HDMI 2.0 port.
Prices start at $650 for the base configuration and go up to $999 for the highest-end configuration that includes 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2133 memory, 256GB of SSD storage, and comes pre-installed with Windows 10.