Intel is updating its NUC line of tiny desktop computers with new models sporting 6th-gen Intel Core i3 and core i5 “Skylake” processors.
The new models look virtually identical to the 5th-gen “Broadwell” models that launched earlier this year, but under the hood they’ve got new chips that should offer a big boost in graphics performance and slightly faster CPU performance.
So far Intel has introduced two models with Core i3 processors and two models with core i5 chips.
The Intel NUC Kit NUC6i3SYH features a 15 watt Core i3-6100U processor, Intel HD graphics 520, support for up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 MHz memory, an M.2 SSD card slot and support for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD.
It has four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.1, HDMI and Mini displayPort, a headset jack, and support for 7.1 channel audio.
Intel’s NUC Kit NUC6i3SYK is a slimmer model that lacks the 2.5 inch drive bay, but which otherwise has pretty much the same features as the larger model.
Each model measures about 4.5″ x 4.3″ square and supports user-replaceable third-party lids which can add functionality such as NFC, additional USB ports, or other ofeatures. Intel says the new NUC models officially support Windows 8 and later and should work with Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and OpenSUSE as well.