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POne
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Skull Canyon Series Comparisons?

Where can I see the different releases of the Skull Canyon series with a detailed feature comparison across the different models?

The Intel NUC product pages are not well organized. I found it difficult to even locate a single Skull Canyon product. I kept getting infomercials and product support pages even though I was searching inside the Intel NUC product pages.

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LeonWaksman
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n_scott_pearson
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It sounds like you were in the Product Support pages, not the Marketing pages. Here are the links you need to be using:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/mini-pcs.html Intel® NUC System Products (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/mini-pcs.html https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/mini-pcs.html)

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits.html Intel® NUC Kit Products (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits.html https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits.html)

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/boards.html Intel® NUC Board Products (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/boards.html https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/boards.html)

In the case of Skull Canyon, there is only one SKU, namely the NUC6i7KYK. This is a kit product - which means that you provide the memory, storage and software (Operating System, etc.) yourself. Here are links to information about this product:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits/nuc6i7kyk.html Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-nuc6i7kyk-features-configurations.html Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK Features and Configurations

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/NUC6i7KYK_TechProdSpec.pdf Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK Technical Product Specification

http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/nuc-kits/NUC6i7KYK_Integratio... Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK Integration Guide

http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/nuc-kits/NUC6i7KYK_UserGuide0... Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK User's Guide

Hope this helps,

...S

POne
Beginner
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It looks like the successor to Skull Canyon was named Hades Canyon? What I am looking for is a succinct feature comparison between these two series. What makes the entry-level Hades Canyon product worth more money than Skull Canyon?

One thing I would like to understand is what would be the power draw - in use and at rest - for the Skull Canyon versus Hades Canyon with two M.2 SSDs installed?

Aside from faster graphics on the Hades Canyon, it looks like the Hades Canyon may have added two SATA ports? Both Skull and Hades Canyon appear to have similar USB and Thunderbolt support? Memory capacity looks the same?

AlHill
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https://ark.intel.com/compare/126143,89187 Intel® Product Specification Comparison

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Yes, Hades Canyon is the successor to Skull Canyon. There are two distinct versions of Hades Canyon:

The remainder of the feature sets for these two versions is identical.

To your specific questions,

  1. Here is feature set comparison for Skull Canyon and the two versions of Hades Canyon: https://ark.intel.com/compare/89187,126141,126143 Intel® Product Specification Comparison. The major (obvious) differences are in processing power and graphics support (both the graphics engine(s) provided within the processor package and the number and type of supported monitors).
  2. Despite the differences in processor TDP (65W vs. 100W, respectively), both Hades Canyon versions ship with a 230W power supply. Compare this with the Skull Canyon's 120W power supply. ICS will need to provide data regarding power draw in the various conditions.
  3. No, the support for SATA is the same. The capabilities offered via the M.2-2280 sockets is identical. Each socket can support either a NVMe- or a SATA-based M.2 SSD.
  4. Hades Canyon has additional Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 ports.
  5. Memory capacity is indeed the same. The Hades Canyon processors are validated for faster memory speeds.

Hope this helps,

...S

POne
Beginner
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Scott, I am seeing one additional Thunderbolt port on the Hades Canyon. Are there any other substantial I/O differences between Skull and Hades Canyon?

What are some use cases for why I might want multiple Thunderbolt ports? I do tend to like a lot of hard drives.

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Well, Hades Canyon has two USB-C ports supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and TBT 3 (and DP 1.2) to Skull Canyon's one. Hades Canyon has additional USB-C and USB-A ports supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and a USB-A port supporting USB 3.0. It also retains the same number of internal and external USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports that Skull Canyon provided. Combining this with the increase in graphics capability and monitor support, if that isn't sufficient, then Hades Canyon is not the product for you.

...S

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