Skull Canyon Nuc Review! Part 1

Skull Canyon Nuc Review! Part 1


It has been a few months but I’m back. This time however I’m a little blue as opposed to being red/black – never green. So, all joking aside, I’ll be writing about my experiences with the Skull Canyon NUC.

Skull Canyon
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So for those not in the know, NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing, it’s Intel’s branding for their ultra SFF line of computers. Apparently the OEMs can’t be bothered to innovate with form factors and has forced Intel to show what can be done not unlike Nvidia a la their Shield TV platform.

intel website

The specs can be found here. It is basically a desktop class i7 with hyper threading. This was my first time with an i7 and I don’t see they hype for everyday usage. It does bench rather high those as compared to both my older kaveri and 860k desktop -notable because this is a 45W APU. I was surprised to see the CPU benches and its much faster than what I had before, it is curious though, doesn’t feel faster.

In the current incarnation of my setup, I have added a few decent parts, I have a Samsung 950 (256GB) m.2 SSD and 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM.


That SSD is fast, very, very fast. I mean upto 1.5GB/s read and upto 1GB writes, yes you read correctly Gigabyte per second.

950 pro benchmark

As for the RAM,I bought a pair of Corsair Vengence DDR4-2666 MHz dimms, I’ll be interested in testing RAM scaling and possibly some overclocking.

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What about APU style gaming? It is ok….I guess. I have only tested a handful of games like League of Legends, RotTR, Hitman 2016 and Ashes of the Singularity. I’ll be focusing on these games going forward due to their DX11/DX12 backends to look for CPU/GPU bottlenecks. Doom was on my list due to its opengl/vulkan backend but it just crashes on launch for me currently.



To be Continued…