Intel seems to be pushing the boundaries for mini-PCs and PC sticks. This time around, their new mini-PC is a gamer’s delight. Intel unveiled the new Intel NUC (next unit of computing) kit, code-named Skull Canyon at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2016. The Skull Canyon NUC mini-PC packs a 45-watt, quad-core 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Intel’s new MUC mini-PC also comes with Thunderbolt 3, DDR4 RAM support and dual M.2 SSD slots that fits into the 8.5-inch long Skull Canyon case. If you are not satisfied with the Iris Pro graphics 580, Intel pointed out that those who want more graphics performance out of the Skull Canyon could connect to high-end, external graphics card(s) through a device such as the new Razer Core. Bear in mind that the new Skull Canyon NUC mini-PC packs enough power as is, the Intel Iris Pro graphics will “let people edit photos and videos like a professional or immerse oneself in vividly rendered, seamless 3-D gameplay, all in brilliant 4K resolution on three monitors at once.”


(Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel is introducing the Skull Canyon NUC at the 2016 Game Developers Conference on March 16, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

If you are looking to add this to the list of your prized possessions, the bare Skull Canyon NUC mini-PC will set you back $650, while the typical build with 16GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and Windows 10 would run $999. If you opt to buy the Razer Core external discrete graphics and a graphics card with the minimum requirement to power VR devices such as the  Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, you’ll have to cough out another $850. The Intel NUC kit (NUC6i7KYK) will be available for pre-order on Newegg in April 2016 and it’ll begin shipping in May 2016. See the source link below for more info.