The expected refresh with Intel Skylake of ultra-compact PC Intel NUC, Next-Unit-of-Computing, was anticipated already in June by some leaked slides that reported the characteristics and the codename of a new series of devices . These NUC take codenamed Swift Canyon and Intel are based on Intel Core i3 and Core i5 architecture Skylake-U.
Other than a name on a slide but we had nothing else, and during Computex 2015, a manufacturer of mini-PC is particularly known, Jade, had decided to blow to Intel Swift Canyon the primacy of the first compact PC with the new processors Skylake showing in public the first prototypes of Giada i80 based precisely on Skylake-U. A nice whammy if you think that the Giada i80 are not based on design Intel NUC but an independent project even proposed by a partner of the California chipmaker.
For the first public demonstration of Intel NUC Swift Canyon has run to wait August with the IDF 2015 San Francisco. On this occasion, colleagues Legitreviews managed to find one of the first units of Swift Canyon booth in Kingston where it was used to illustrate the advantages of the HyperX memory DDR4 and SSD HyperX Predator.
As exposed without its frame, which could reveal some interesting additional features because Intel has recently equipped the NUC a system of interchangeable covers, however you can still notice the interfaces which Swift Canyon has: a mini-DisplayPort 1.2 a HDMI Some USB 3.0, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet slot and M.2 for SSD and wireless card.
The format remains the square, with sides of 10 cm typical of the NUC, but this hands-on did not clarify which processor was actually used. It could be an Intel Core i5-6200U or Intel Core i3-6100U, because both have a maximum frequency of 2.3GHz. This figure however confirms the initial rumors that spoke of two configurations, NUC6i5SYK / NUC6i5SYH with Core i5 and NUC6i3SYK / NUC3i5SYH with Core i3.
The market release of Intel NUC processor Skylake should still be imminent and with it we’ll finally be able to settle any doubt about the technical characteristics and performance of these highly anticipated mini-PC