Intel Skulltrail vs. Intel Skull Canyon 13

Intel Skulltrail vs. Intel Skull Canyon

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Introduction



Intel's first NUC (Next Unit of Computing) was released in 2013, based off of the Sandy Bridge architecture. First seen as competition that falls somewhere between the Mac Mini and Raspberry Pi, the team at Intel has changed that completely with the launch of their latest Skull Canyon NUC based on the Skylake architecture. Featuring Intel's latest integrated GPU, the Iris 580 Pro, as well Thunderbolt 3 for eGPU products, the NUC product family can finally be taken seriously by gamers. Huge thanks to Intel and G.Skill for providing the samples to make this review possible.





When Intel released their Skull Canyon NUC, we realized that this was a golden opportunity to demonstrate just how far technology has come. We dusted off our old but complete Intel Skulltrail system with CPU, RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 9800 GX2 video card from 2009. Sadly, Intel no longer develops motherboards, but the team that worked on Skulltrail is in fact the same team that now develops Intel's NUCs, including the latest Skull Canyon version. Instead of the usual approach to reviewing hardware, which compares the product to other products in its category, we will be directly comparing Intel's latest Skull Canyon NUC to the legendary Skulltrail motherboard to show how far technology has come. Additionally, we will be taking a look at some real-world uses for NUCs and how they can be used outside of an office setting.

Intel Skull Canyon NUC
Processor:Intel Core i7-6770HQ @ 2.6-3.5 GHz
(Skylake, 6 MB Cache)
Memory:Dual Channel DDR4-2133+
SODIMM 1.2/1.35V, 32 GB Max
Graphics:Intel Iris Pro 580
1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Mini DP, 1x DP via Type-C
Storage:2x M.2 22x42/80 (Key M) slots
For SATA3 or PCIe X4 Gen.3 NVMe or AHCI SSDs
Power Supply:120W AC-DC power adapter
Peripheral Connectivity:Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) or USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps)
4x USB 3.0
Audio:Up to 7.1 channel via HDMI or DP signals
3.5 mm front headset jack, 3.5 mm rear/TOSLink combo jack
Networking:Intel 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, Bluetooth
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