Intel Announces Powerful Skull Canyon Mini-PC for Gaming

Intel has been spewing out its compact NUC PCs for a while now, but they haven’t got as cool as this. The new “Skull Canyon” PC is another such portable machine, however, one which strives to compete against the Xbox One and the PS4 for your living room.

For starters, with dimensions of 216 x 116 x 23 mm, the Skull Canyon NUC is certainly a good-looking machine. Under the hood, you get a 2.6 Ghz Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor, that runs on just 45W, and an Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 graphics chip with 128 MB eDRAM cache & 78 graphic execution units. Still, at this point it can’t beat the top 20 percent of discrete GPUs.

Alongside it you get DDR4 RAM (up to 32 GB), two m.2 SSD slots, Wi-Fi ac, and optional Windows 10.

Connectivity is well covered by the thing, with support for a full-sized HDMI 2.0 port, Bluetooth 4.2, four USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort 1.2 out, SD card slot, IR sensor, gigabit LAN and most importantly, Thunderbolt 3, which with speeds of 40 Gbps supports an external graphic card like the Razer Core (which by the way is itself not very cheap at $500, without any graphic cards).

As for the price, the absolutely barebones version with no RAM, OS and storage comes at $650 (Rs. 68,000 approx.). If you want a better PC, get ready to shell $999 (Rs. 1,04,500 approx) for a version with 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD and Windows 10.

It may not be the fastest PC around, but there’s certainly a market for these kind of powerful PCs which can be held in your hand and right now this is one of your best options.


  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    Why not simply buy a laptop?
    I mean c’mon! Are you really going to carry an LCD, a keyboard, a mouse AND a friggin’ graphics card with you??!

  • HHH

    Gaming ? lel
    built in graphics ? lel

    • AbdulB1

      But CPU has 128 MB DRAM!

  • Xahid

    They should at least make a room for PCI-X Graphic Card.
    Otherwise, its total failure.

  • Haroon Rashid

    In the memory of Andy Grove being chipmaking pioneer, shaped the Silicon Valley is not amongst us, as he expired at age of 79, during the period of Andy Grove Intel opened a liason Office in Karachi for a better visibility of the company, which was already highly visible to every child in Pakistan who’s used PC and Windows, began with Intel and Microsoft. Memoirs of Andy Grove possibly announcement of Intel Pakistan for the NUC Small Form Factor PC which originally is sold in kit form to built your own PC as it is in kit and save the applicable Custom Duty for the novice to have an Intel NUC PC at the least cost. Intel core i5-6400 Skylake Quad Core Pro Desktop with 8GB RAM 1TB HDD offered US$400-00 Dell Insiron Core i5 7000 Series 15.6 core i3-6100 Skylake 2 in 1 Convertible laptop with Backlit keyboard $449-00. Suggest to please launch the NUC with core i5 at price which matches the US retail prices here in Pakistan for the NUC, as you may build volume if you claim duty exemption for the kit NUC as DIY with standard configuration as given in Pro Pakistani.