In­tel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK

Is this Devil’s Canyon and Skull Trail’s baby? Not quite.

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When In­tel has a prod­uct it thinks is ‘hot’ or needs a bit of hype gen­er­ated around it, the firm typ­i­cally gives it an out­ra­geous name — some­thing like the Bad Axe, the Skull Trail or the Devils Canyon. What­ever it is, when In­tel ap­plies an un­usual prod­uct moniker, in this case “Skull Canyon”, peo­ple take note — but why?

There’s a col­lec­tion of at­tributes that makes the Skull Canyon in­ter­est­ing. First and fore­most is the use of the Core i7-6770HQ mo­bile pro­ces­sor con­tain­ing In­tel’s high-end Iris Pro Graph­ics 580 in­te­grated GPU (iGPU). This iGPU is part of a unique group in In­tel’s CPU-iGPU range as it sports eDRAM.

The eDRAM is an on-die ex­tended sys­tem RAM block that ef­fec­tively acts as a mas­sive cache for the iGPU and a straight-shot com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the CPU. Ad­di­tion­ally, the CPU die space has ex­tra space ded­i­cated to the iGPU. These at­tributes com­bine to ef­fec­tively el­e­vate the iGPU to the per­for­mance of an en­try-level dis­crete GPU (dGPU). For com­par­i­son, just look at the Skull Canyon ver­sus the VM65N with its GeForce 930M in 3DMark — the Skull Canyon is faster! It’s no GTX 1080, but for an iGPU, it is im­pres­sive and al­lows for less graph­i­caly in­ten­sive games like CS:GO to play well with­out a dGPU.

Add sup­port for dual M.2 NVMe PCIe x4 SSD, a quad-core, eight-thread CPU boost­ing to 3.5GHz and a Thun­der­bolt 3.0 port ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing a 40Gbps link to an ex­ter­nal dGPU caddy, pack it all into a slen­der, aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing form and you have the uniquely spec’ed and ca­pa­ble Skull Canyon NUC.

$899; AS TESTED, $1,258 | WWW.IN­TEL.COM.AU

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