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Intel Skulltrail NUC happening

by on14 January 2016

i7 Extreme edition with decent graphics

Last week we got to see the updated 2016 incarnations of Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing) small PCs and heard Chipzilla pitch its Skulltrail based Core i7 product .

Fudzilla was the part of the mega briefing with Director of Product Marketing at Intel John Deatherage and a Technical Marketing Engineer Alan Clampett who are Intel’s experts on NUCs.

Intel’s plan is for major updates in the NUC line by placing the updated Atom version and Core i3 and Core M versions under the bonnet. More interesting was the new Skulltrail based Core i7 product announcment.

Skulltrail  was Intel’s gaming platform in 2008 that involved two server class extreme edition CPUs. It was a synonym for high performance. The brand was revived with the Intel SSD 730 and it was seen as bringing the enterprise speeds to the high end consumers and gamers.

The new NUC puts Sculltrail into the ultra-small form factor. The machine is rather thin but significantly longer than the traditional NUC. It looks a bit like the Nvidia Shield console in its rectangular shape and thin design. We have known about it for a while.

John Deatherage Director of Product Marketing didn’t want to talk about specific hardware that was buried inside but it is clear that you can expect a mobile version of the Extreme edition in this rather small PC. Intel believes that the machine packs a decent performance even for gaming but the experience will be limited by an integrated 530 core that made it into the Skylake versions of the CPUs.

Last modified on 14 January 2016
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