New Intel NUC Models Listed with 6th-Gen Skylake Processors

Subject: Processors, Systems | November 17, 2015 - 11:21 AM |
Tagged: Skylake, NUC6i5SYK, NUC6i5SYH, NUC6i3SYK, NUC6i3SYH, nuc, mini-pc, Intel, i5-6260U, i3-6100U

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NUC systems sporting the latest Intel 6th-gen Skylake processors are coming, with the NUC6i5SYH, NUC6i5SYK, NUC6i3SYH, NUC6i3SYK listed with updated Core i5 and i3 CPUs. As this is a processor refresh the appearance and product nomenclature remain unchanged (unfortunately).

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The four new Skylake Intel NUC models listed on Intel's product page

Here's Intel's description of the Skylake Core i5-powered NUC6i5SYH:

"Intel NUC Kit NUC6i5SYH is equipped with Intel’s newest architecture, the 6th generation Intel Core i5-6260U processor. Intel Iris graphics 540 with 4K display capabilities provides brilliant resolution for gaming and home theaters. NUC5i5SYH has room for a 2.5” drive for additional storage and an M.2 SSD so you can transfer your data at lightning speed. Designed for Windows 10, NUC6i5SYH has the performance to stream media, manage spreadsheets, or create presentations."

The NUC6i5SYH and NUC6i5SYK feature the i5-6260U is a dual-core, Hyper-Threaded 15W part with a base speed of 1.9 GHz with up to 2.8 GHz Turbo. It has 4 MB cache and supports up to 32GB 2133 MHz DDR4. The processor also provides Intel Iris graphics 540 (Skylake GT3e), which offers 48 Execution Units and 64 MB of dedicated eDRAM. The lower-end NUC6i3SYH and NUC6i3SYK models offer the i3-6100U, which is also a dual-core, Hyper-Threaded part, but this 15W processor's speed is fixed at 2.3 GHz without Turbo Boost, and it offers the lesser Intel HD Graphics 520.

Availability and pricing are not yet known, but expect to see the new models for sale soon.

Source: Intel

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November 18, 2015 | 03:09 AM - Posted by Nagus (not verified)

No 4k???
Might as well get an older NUC or wait for Kaby Lake NUC

November 20, 2015 | 03:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, this totally sucks :-( And the GPU is also slow but the price went way up comparing to NUC5i5RYH, definitely not worth it (420 vs 350).

It seems like the new SteamBox from Zotac is the way to go, 4x HDMI 2.0 ports with Skylake and NVidia.

November 22, 2015 | 09:31 PM - Posted by shoek (not verified)

Not sure why you say no 4K? Both the i5 and i3 variants support 4K

November 24, 2015 | 06:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

He meant HDMI 2.0, 4k@60Hz, not the DisplayPort's 1.2 4k@60Hz. Previous gen 5i* has exactly the same specs, including HDMI 1.4a only and the only difference is that Skylake adds CINE 4k@60Hz (4096x2160) whereas Broadwell could only do UHD (3840x2160), which is a minor detail unless you own a CINE 4k monitor (very few available, I have one).

So with this Skylake NUC connected to a 4k TV, only 3840x2160@30Hz or 4096x2160@25Hz is possible, not UHD@60Hz, which is a bummer. Frankly, no idea why Intel even released these NUCs, they don't really bring anything to the table comparing to Broadwell ones. There are very few people willing to put 32GB to a dual-core NUC, which is about the only advantage it has, but is it worth additional $70?

November 25, 2015 | 12:02 PM - Posted by Groundhog (not verified)

What prevents us from using a DisplayPort to HDMI converter to get 4k@60hz?

This one looks like it will do the job:

November 22, 2015 | 12:58 PM - Posted by logged_in (not verified)

I'm wondering about this line in the Spec Sheet

Support for up to 16 GB of system memory with two SO-DIMMs using 4 Gb memory technology

Further down it says

The board utilizes 16 GB of addressable system memory. Typically the address space that is allocated for PCI Conventional bus add-in cards, PCI Express configuration space, BIOS (SPI Flash device), and chipset overhead resides above the top of DRAM (total system memory). On a system that has 32 GB of system memory installed, it is not possible to use all of the installed memory due to system address space being allocated for other system critical functions. These functions
include the following:
• BIOS/SPI Flash device (64 Mb)
• Local APIC (19 MB)
• Direct Media Interface (40 MB)
• PCI Express configuration space (256 MB)
• PCH base address registers PCI Express ports (up to 256 MB)
• Memory-mapped I/O that is dynamically allocated for M.2 add-in cards (256 MB)
• Integrated graphics shared memory (up to 512 MB; 64 MB by default)
The board provides the capability to reclaim the physical memory overlapped by the memory mapped I/O logical address space. The board remaps physical memory from the top of usable DRAM boundary to the 4 GB boundary to an equivalent sized logical address range located just above the 4 GB boundary. All installed system memory can be used when there is no overlap of
system addresses.

Does this mean that it is possible to install 32 GB, but only 32 GB - (64 Mb + 19 MB + 40 MB + 256 MB + up to 256 MB + 256 MB + up to 512 MB) could be used? I'd be OK with that, even with usable 28GB.

December 2, 2015 | 11:12 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

These fully configured systems are now available at for Pre-Order.

December 20, 2015 | 12:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

At such a high markup that it's unbelievable, yeah. The components you sell have such exorbitant pricing that it actually bothers me if anyone buys from your business when they can get the same things on amazon for at least half the price, or less.

And how did you decide the price quote for the NUC6i5SYH? Intel hasn't released the price to -anyone- yet, including you. SimplyNUC is shady af.

December 20, 2015 | 05:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Simply NUC has both product and pricing.

December 21, 2015 | 03:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

We'll see if your ~$600 price quote for a bare NUC6i5SYH is accurate with the actual MSRP pretty soon. I have serious doubts about it, considering how highly everything else your company sells is marked up.

Even that $30+ DisplayPort -> HDMI dongle you guys sell is actually only worth $6.99 (at a glance, first page of a search without bothering to dig) right now on Amazon, with free shipping for Prime.

So yeah, I don't think you price accurately.

January 7, 2016 | 11:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It looks like I was right, and Simply NUC was scamming the price after all.

Their price (at the time of posting) exceeded $600 for their "pre-order" units.

Intel's base recommended price is $386 USD at launch time. Source:

Do not buy from simply nuc.

January 1, 2016 | 05:00 PM - Posted by D Horn (not verified)

This NUC is very close to what I would like to buy for my next gen computer.
What I like:
* Small form-factor
* 4K video (but see below)
* 32G DDR capability (I want to run Photoshop with very large image files)
* PCI-e SSD interface - much faster than SATA
* Enough USB3 ports
* WiFi + BT + Gig-E
* Display Port
What I am waiting for before I buy:
HDMI 2.0
4K video with 3D

I want to be able to display 3D images on a 4K 3D TV. There are plenty of 3D 4K TVs coming on the market with the latest HDMI 2.0, and with a good color gamut and color calibration.
I want to use these large screen high res displays as a photo display device. I am not much into video at this time, but may want to move into 4K video in the future.
HDMI 2.0 has been standardized for well over one year. I will not buy a NUC until it complies with this standard.
When I buy a new computer I always get something that will be adequate for at lease 5 or 6 years.

July 1, 2016 | 10:24 PM - Posted by Simply Narc (not verified)

Amazon prices for what Simply Narc Sells. July 1 2016

Item Price Qty
Intel NUC Kit NUC6i5SYH BOXNUC6I5SYH Silver/Black $386.00 1
Kingston Technology HyperX Impact 4GB 2133MHz DDR4 CL13 SODIMM Laptop Memory HX421S13IB/4 $19.99 1
[DISCONTINUED] Samsung 850 EVO - 120GB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-N5E120BW) $69.94 1

or $386.00 + $19.99 + $69.94

Equals 475.93 US$

Sure, they install the RAM and Drive and install Ubuntu, but that's not worth $124.06
It's a 30 minute job that my mother can do.

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