Intel SKULL CANYON i7 Gaming NUC NUC6I7KYK Barebone Kit

Intel NUC Skull Canyon i7-6770HQ Quad Core 2.6GHz, DDR4, 2x M.2, Iris Pro Graphics 580, Barebone

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Product Overview Think You Know What Small Can Do? Think Again.

Change the game with the Intel NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK. A Mini PC with the 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Iris Pro Graphics, the NUC6i7KYK unleashes maximized performance for intense game play or intensive workloads. With an amazing new lid, along with a redesigned chassis that lets you take full advantage of every GHz of the quad-core processor without overheating—the NUC6i7KYK is totally cool. Literally.

Whether you use the NUC to train your dragon or bring down your enemy's nexus, or to visualize complex information like Monte Carlo simulations, you've got the performance you need, including 30x better 3D graphics, for higher resolution and faster frame rates. And with Thunderbolt 3 you get four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable—which means you have blazing fast throughput for an external RAID stack or an external graphics engine.

Work and Play in High Resolution with Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Intel Iris Pro Graphics with 4K display capabilities let you edit photos and videos like a professional or immerse yourself in vividly rendered, seamless 3D gameplay, All in brilliant 4K on three monitors at once. When you use Intel Iris Pro graphics, you're working smarter, playing harder, and seeing the whole world in high resolution knowing you are using the best Intel Core processors. You've got the best processor graphics with enhanced media conversion and fast frame that delivers picture perfect performance, every time.

Designed for Windows 10, so you can get more done
The Intel NUC is designed for Windows 10. You'll experience cutting-edge performance from the start with fast boot and wake-up times, and multitasking that's effortless whether moving between apps, files, or web sites. With support for up to 32 GB of RAM, you can get the memory you need for fast map load times or extreme multitasking. And with 4 USB 3.0 ports including a USB charging port, you can use a USB keyboard, mouse, and an Intel RealSense camera so you can video chat and collaborate with others as easily as if you were in the same room.

Cut the cords, not the performance
The NUC6i7KYK comes with Intel 802.11ac wireless, Intel's fastest wireless available today, so you can connect out-of-the-box and access files, movies, and music in the cloud, along with built-in Bluetooth 4.2 so you can connect wireless peripherals like headsets and keyboards.

Intel NUC: Change The Game Features • 6th generation Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor.
• Intel Iris Pro Graphics.
• Two DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets (up to 32 GB, 2133+ MHz).
• Two M.2 slots with flexible support for a 42 or 80 mm SATA or PCIe SSD.
• Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 and Bluetooth 4.2.
• SD card slot.
• Two USB 3.0 ports (including one charging port).
• Intel HD Audio via Headphone/Microphone jack.
• Consumer infrared sensor.
• Support for user-replaceable third-party lids.
• Kensington lock support.
• Back panel DC power connector (19V).
• Combo speaker/TOSLINK audio output.
• Intel Gigabit LAN.
• Two USB 3.0 ports on the back panel.
• One Mini DisplayPort version 1.2 supporting 8 channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound).
• One Thunderbolt 3 port.
• One full-size HDMI 2.0 display port supporting 8 channel audio (7.1 surround sound).
Specifications
Specifications
Form Factor Intel NUC
CPU Included Yes
CPU Type Intel Core i7
Core Quad Core
No. of Threads 8
CPU Model 6770HQ
Clock Speed 2.6 GHz
Burst Frequency 3.5 GHz
CPU Socket Integrated CPU
Chipset System-on-Chip
Memory Type DDR4 SO-DIMM
Memory Included No
Memory N/A
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) UDIMM (Unbuffered)
Memory Speed (Mhz) DDR4 - 2133
Max. Memory Capacity 32GB (2x16GB)
On Board VGA Yes
PSU Wattage 120 W
Graphics Interface On-board
SLI No
Expansion Slots 2 x M.2, 2260/2280, PCIe/SATA
SATA M.2
Storage Drive Included No
Storage Drive Type  
Storage Drive Size N/A
RAID M.2
Internal I/O
  • 1 x NFC Header
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Header
Front Panel
  • 1 x Headphone/Mic Combo
  • 1 x Power LED
  • 1 x Power On/Off button
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Charge Port
Back Panel
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 1 x DC-In Jack
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Reader
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3
  • 1 x WiFi 802.11ac/BT4.2 Module
Graphics Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
Base GPU Speed 350 MHz
Max. GPU Speed 950 MHz
Max. GPU Resolution 4096x2304 (4K)
Drive Bays N/A
Optical Drives N/A
Keyboard / Mouse No
Remote Control No
VESA Mountable  
Operating System Included No
Operating System O/S Not Included - Please Buy Separately
Colour Black
Dimensions 216 x 116 x 23 mm (mm WxHxD)
Warranty

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Details
Duration:
36 months
Type:
Return to base
DOA Period:
28 days
RTB Period:
1 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer:
intel
Telephone:
0870 607 2439
Reviews
Intel NUC Skull Canyon i7-6770HQ Quad Core 2.6GHz, DDR4, 2x M.2, Iris Pro Graphics 580, Barebone is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tiny, powerful, expensive. I didn't get off to a great start with the Skull Canyon. The first unit that arrived suffered a mysterious hardware failure within a couple of days of usage, and had to be RMA'd. Points to Scan for a quick turnaround, though. I sent the failed NUC back on a Wednesday afternoon, and by the following Monday morning the new unit had arrived. The replacement has fared a bit better, so after two weeks of actual usage, here are my thoughts. 1. It's small - very small. About the size of a VHS tape - or if you're not old enough to remember what those were, roughly a pair of DVD cases stacked back-to-back. The size means it's easily portable and can also be hidden out of view. I have mine mounted to the back of my monitor (thanks to the included VESA kit). 2. It runs hot. Very hot in fact, up to 85°C under load, and all the way up to 100°C under extreme load from tools such as AIDA64 or Prime95, at which point the CPU will automatically throttle back the clock speed in order to avoid thermal damage. The plus side is that even under heavy load, the enclosure remains only warm to the touch. On the other hand, the single blower fan is obnoxiously loud at full RPM. 3. It's very, very fast. The CPU may be derived from Intel's mobile lineup, but it is still a full fat quad-core i7 chip with hyperthreading, and has 8 threads in total. The performance is very formidable, and when paired with an NVME SSD (realistically your only storage option, there is no room in the case for mechanical storage) the responsiveness is like lightning. 4. It may only have an Intel iGPU, but it can definitely hold its own in gaming as long as your expectations are reasonable. The Iris Pro 580 is Intel's flagship GPU (admittedly that's like saying the Prius is Toyota's flagship car), and the performance is roughly on par with a low-to-middle tier GeForce card, something around a 1050Ti perhaps. I've been using it to play Grand Theft Auto 5 and Project Cars at 1080p on medium settings, and it handles both quite well, averaging around 30-35fps. Video playback is of course not a problem, it can even output 4k content at 60fps thanks to its HDMI 2.0 connector. 5. Speaking of connectors and graphics, perhaps the biggest selling point of this NUC is the Thunderbolt 3 port on the rear. This supports the full gamut of Thunderbolt connectivity, including support for external graphics cards. This means that once enclosures like the Razer Core or Akitio Node start to come to market in the UK (hopefully early in 2017), you'll be able to pair a full-fat desktop GPU such as a GTX 1080 and no longer be hamstrung by the onboard graphics when running newer titles. This is probably the route I'll be taking with my NUC eventually. 6. The final point I want to touch on is reliability. When digging though forums and message boards trying to diagnose the fault with my first NUC, I ran into a suspiciously large number of users all suffering the exact same symptoms that I was - freezing, random rebooting and loss of power. This set some faint alarm bells ringing for me. Whilst the NUC does have a 3-year warranty from Intel, nobody wants to go through the hassle of returning hardware. Odds are I just got unlucky, but still. Time will tell if this replacement lasts the full 3 years. So, to summarize - is it worth the high cost? Mine came to over £1k all told, including RAM and SSDs - never mind the additional cost of an external GPU if you want to go down that route. Well - it depends. You are getting a lot of bang for a lot of buck - you pay a premium to get all that power in a nice and compact form factor. I could have bought a slightly larger system that would probably be just as powerful for a lot less - but the form factor won me over. It's something that I can literally slip into a pocket of my backpack and take down to my parent's place for a weekend. Whether or not that's worth a couple of hundred pounds is up to you.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intel skull canyon Really happy with this. Perfect for my needs. Lies somewhere between a PC and a laptop. Small and portable with enough power to run pretty demanding software.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for a fast mobile workstation bought primarily as a mobile workstation for my accountancy business and also for controlling motu avb gear for live audio. Added 16gb 2133mhz ram and a 256gb Samsung SM951 Nvme drive, put windows 10 on and it's a dream to use. Currently running with three 27" monitors, one touchscreen (one straight out the HDMI, one via a USB-c/Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI adaptor and one via a mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor). When I'm working I've got Quickbooks Desktop and Online, TaxCalc,Brightpay Payroll, Excel, Outlook, Acrobat, Media player and sometimes word and a couple of internet pages open, and it runs perfectly, I'd say it's pretty much as fast for this as my desktop with a 4790k in it. I've mounted it on the back of an Acer touch screen monitor (which I use for controlling a motu avb setup live), and velcro'd the nuc and monitor psu's to the monitor, used a 15cm HDMI cable and a 50cm usb 3 lead for the touchscreen so now I basically have an All in One that out specs any other all in one or laptop I could find. It's pretty quiet, not as silent as my desktop but no louder than any laptop I've heard and certainly comfortable levels. Overall, a massive thumbs up. Now I can travel and still work without getting frustrated with the lack of speed, small monitors and less of them and rubbish keyboards you get with a laptop!!
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lose the lid! Loaded 32GB Crucial 2133 and Samsung 250GB 950. Threw away the horrendous skull lid. Could not boot from Apple USB SuperDrive so fell back to creating bootable USB sticks. Ubuntu 64 16-04 installed flawlessly. Then had to jump through a few hoops to also add Windows 10 64 but eventually got it running as well. Have now ordered a 512 GB Samsung 950 for the second slot. Fan fairly quiet and definitely not a distraction. Overall, a pretty good effort from Intel with only a few wish-list features preventing me giving it five stars.
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One word! BRILLIANT! We had to wait a while for the UK release, but it was well worth the wait. A neat piece of kit that does what it says on the box. Just waiting for the external graphic card to become available now, which will complete the package.
Date published: 2016-06-23
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Intel SKULL CANYON i7 Gaming NUC NUC6I7KYK Barebone Kit
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