Intel has quietly updated its range of NUC computers. There are four new machines on offer, all sporting Intel Skylake (6th generation) processors. The new NUCs look very similar to the Broadwell models launched earlier in the year and you will find the taller NUCs have capacity for a 2.5-inch drive, while the shorter, more compact NUCs do not.
Two models feature Intel Core i5 processors and two models use Core i3 processors. The Intel NUC6i5SYH NUC Kit and NUC6i5SYK have the same basic spec, employing 15W Intel Core i5-6260U processors with Intel Iris Graphics 540. As mentioned in the intro, the model with the taller chassis, suffixed SYH, can fit a 2.5-inch storage device as well as well as, or instead of, an M.2 storage device.
Intel's NUC6i3SYH NUC Kit features a 15 watt Core i3-6100U processor, Intel HD graphics 520, an M.2 SSD card slot and support for a 2.5-inch storage device. The more compact NUC6i3SYK NUC Kit lacks the 2.5-inch storage option.
All the models support up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 MHz memory, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an SDXC slot, HDMI, mini DisplayPort and WiDi, 7.1 sound, 4x USB 3.0 ports (plus 2x internal USB 2.0), IR sensor, VESA mount, low acoustics cooling. Models with capacity for 2.5-inch storage devices measure 115 x 111 x 48mm, the M.2 only machines are just 32mm tall.. They are 'designed for Windows 10' but support earlier versions of Windows and various Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and OpenSUSE.
We were tipped off about these new NUCs by Fanless Tech which expects the launch of third party NUCs to follow shortly.