Intel’s NUC family of computers has been rather successful, packing in a lot of power into a form factor that’s small enough to by mounted to the back of your monitor, never to be seen again. It’s successfully spurred on other vendors to make their own designs, like the Gigabyte BRIX. With the Skylake launch window now practically over, more and more devices are now popping up on the market with Skylake processors inside, and the NUC family is the first to be updated. Hit the jump for more.
Intel didn’t make any announcement about the NUC update, rather just quietly switching to the new hotness from the old and busted (which was Haswell), though the changes have yet to reflect on their landing page for the NUC family. There are still two versions of the chassis, and the taller of the two supports the addition of a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive for extra storage, which could be either a platter-based drive or a SSD depending on your preference. Both models feature a SDXC card reader, an HDMI 1.4a port, a mini-Displayport 1.2a port, Wi-Di video streaming to a compatible monitor, four USB 3.0 ports (one of which supports quick charging), an IR sensor, one M.2 NVME-compatible slot for SSDs, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and gigabit ethernet.
The two processor options are the Core i5-6260U with Intel Iris 540 graphics, and the Core i3-6100U, with Iris HD 520 graphics. Both processors are dual-core chips with hyper-threading enabled. Neither of these chips have Intel’s eDRAM embedded to serve as L4 cache or VRAM for the GPU, but they’re both going to be somewhat faster than the graphics options found on the socketed desktop processors. All of the NUC variants have support for up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory and employ active cooling, keeping things from getting too toasty inside.
Although these NUCs are designed to be used with Windows, Intel supports a wide variety of Linux distributions which have all been pre-tested on these devices, saving you money because these are barebones systems.
Source: Fanless Tech