Now that's a NUC of a different colour, the NUC6i5SYK

Subject: Systems | June 13, 2016 - 04:03 PM |
Tagged: nuc, Intel, NUC6i5SYK, Skylake

The new NUC6i5SYK may look like the previous generations but the innards represent a huge step forward.  At the base is a Skylake Core i5-6260U which brings with it support for DDR4 and more importantly NVMe SSDs. Connectivity includes Ethernet, 802.11AC Dual Band WiFi, miniDP 1.2 and proper HDMI CEC 1.4b output.  The barebones kit will run $380USD, not bad for this type of design.  Missing Remote put the new NUC through its paces; check out the results here.

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"Updated with an Intel Core i5-6260U with Intel Iris Graphics 540, support for NVMe SSD, and DDR4, the system has the opportunity to fix the shortcomings in the previous generation (cough, CSH). The sleek looks and features will not be as much of a bargain as the plug-in-and-go Intel Pentium based NUC5PGYH. Intel is asking $380/£335 for the barebones kit, but with quite a bit more performance, better networking, and features on tap, it could well be worth the extra dosh."

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June 13, 2016 | 05:20 PM - Posted by FrostyWinnipeg

I kinda like this one...

June 13, 2016 | 09:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What do you people use these little, overpriced systems for? At first, I thought it might be good for a living room streaming machine, but with cheap Apple TVs and ChromeCast, I just don't see much use for one of these.

June 13, 2016 | 11:51 PM - Posted by DanWally

You might want to talk to Paul Thurrott about his SkyLake NUC. He's had nothing but problems.

June 14, 2016 | 11:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Paul is a fucking noob.

June 14, 2016 | 12:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As someone who sells THOUSANDS of these per quarter the last 4+years, these are getting better and better, and I am glad to be wrong with Intel.

June 14, 2016 | 12:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So this Intel NUC for example, is it a fully capable HTPC?
As in I plug it in and it's ready to go?
Or is it just a "kit" where I have to buy RAM, Storage, etc.?

June 15, 2016 | 12:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I kind of like the form factor. There are a few improvements that could be made, but it genuinely excites me in the same way the "trash can" Mac Pro does, being designed optimally (motherboard the width of a SODIMM) rather than around traditional chassis constraints.

Unfortunately, I watched quite a few youtube videos for the Haswell and Broadwell NUCs and the people reviewing them were putting in 1 stick of RAM or mismatched modules they had laying around from old laptops. I closed the video after their shaky hand dropped the same screw 9 times before seeing if they complained about speed at all. If you can't read or understand the instructions don't make a tutorial video! The type of person buying this and using it next to their TV has no idea what dual channel memory is and will mimic your mistakes.

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