Subject: Processors | July 6, 2017 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Skull Canyon, skulltrail, Intel
Remember back in 2007 when Intel introduced the Skulltrail system, that unique system built on a QX9775s motherboard and an pair of LGA771 CPUs with support for four GPUs? It has been a decade and we have a new Intel Skull-themed product, the Skull Canyon NUC so why not compare the two? That is exactly what TechPowerUp did, reassembling a Skulltrail system and watercooling it to pit it against the tiny little NUC. Before you click, consider for a moment if you truly believe a limited edition system that was more powerful than any enthusiast system can really be surpassed by a low power, tiny form factor NUC with modern components. Then head over and see if you were right.
"A battle of the ages - can the biggest and baddest setup from 2008 beat out the pocket-sized NUC? We ran each through a large variety of tests, from professional applications to gaming, to see just how far Intel's technology has come."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Windows 10 WSL vs. VirtualBox Ubuntu Performance On An Intel Core i9 7900X @ Phoronix
- Intel Core i9-7900X review: The fastest chip in the world, but too darn expensive @ Ars Technica
- tel Core i9-7900X ‘Skylake-X’ 10C20T CPU Indepth Analysis @ Kitguru
- Power Consumption & Thermal Testing With The Core i9 7900X On Linux @ Phoronix
- AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Linux Benchmarks: 27-Way CPU Comparison On Ubuntu @ Phoronix
Subject: Shows and Expos | March 16, 2016 - 09:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: skulltrail, Skull Canyon, nuc, Intel, GDC
No we are not talking about the motherboard from 2008 which was going to compete with AMD's QuadFX platform and worked out just as well. We are talking about a brand new Skull Canyon NUC powered by an i7-6770HQ with Iris Pro 580 graphics and up to 32GB of DDR4-2133. The NUC NUC6i7KYK will also be the first system we have seen with a fully capable USB Type-C port, it will offer Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity; not simultaneously but the flexibility is nothing less than impressive. It will also sport a full-size HDMI 2.0 port and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs so you can still send video while using the Type C port for data transfer. The port will also support external graphics card enclosures if you plan on using this as a gaming machine as well.
The internal storage subsystem is equally impressive, dual M.2 slots will give you great performance, the SD card slot not so much but still a handy feature. Connectivity is supplied by Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (802.11 ac) and Bluetooth 4.2 and an infrared sensor will let you use your favourite remote control if you set up the Skulltrail NUC as a media server. All of these features are in a device less than 0.7 litres in size, with your choice of two covers and support for your own if you desire to personalize your system. The price is not unreasonable, the MSRP for a barebones system is $650, one with 16GB memory, 256GB SSD and Windows 10 should retail for about $1000. You can expect to see these for sale on NewEgg in April to ship in May.