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    Intel’s high-performance “Skull Canyon” mini PC coming in May

    Intel’s NUC line of computers are compact desktop PCs which typically have laptop-class processors. Now Intel is getting ready to launch its most powerful model to date.The Intel NUC6i7KYK code-named “Skull Canyon” is a tiny desktop with a 45 watt, quad-core Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor and Intel iris Pro 580 graphics.

    It’s coming in May for about $650 and up.

    The computer measures about 8.5″ x 4.6″ x 0.9″ which makes it about as wide and tall as a typical Intel NUC computer, but about twice as long. The extra space is put to good use though. In addition to the powerful processor, the system supports up to 32GB of 2133 MHz memory, has two M.2 slots for solid state storage, features 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, a headset jack, and a range of ports, including:

    • HDMI 2.0
    • Mini DisplayPort 1.2
    • Thunderbolt 3 with support for USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 over a USB-C connector
    • Four USB 3.0 ports
    • SD card reader
    • Headset jack
    • Infrared sensor


    This looks like one fast mini PC. I like the design. I think this would be a good PC for Steam OS, or Windows Mini-Gaming PC.

    I like the case design of this Mini-PC.

    It looks like Intel is spending more time on gaming, and releasing more PCs and console-sized computers which can play games at medium to high video quality settings.

    Many buyers who are buying new PCs and PC parts are Gamers who want a PC which is good for playing most of their favorite games.

    I think the buyers of average speed Intel and AMD desktops, and laptops which are only good for web browsing, office work, and watching video is becoming smaller. More people are using Google Chromebooks with mobile CPUs like the Nvidia Tegra K1 and Samsung Mobile ARM chips, older and cheaper Windows and Linux tablets and laptops, Tablets like iPad and Nvidia Shield tablet, and bigger screen smartphones.

    But, many people who play games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Crysis, Counter Strike, etc still are buying faster computers, and upgrades for their computer, so they can have more fun by playing games at faster frame rates, and better video quality settings like Medium-High, High, and Ultra High.


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