Asus presents Intel Skylake mini-PC prototypes and motherboards at Computex

First Skylake motherboards are due this August
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Intel's upcoming 6th generation processors, dubbed 'Skylake', are set to make a big impact on the PC market later this year.

Asus has shown off a host of mini-PC prototypes powered by Skylake at the Computex 2015 trade show this week, which are due to launch later in 2015, an Asus spokesperson confirmed to PCR.

They feature a host of port options and support for 4K video, reports PCWorld.com. The VivoMini UN65H was on show with two storage slots (one up to 1TB and the other up to 512GB of SSD storage) and an Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics chip and 16GB of memory.

Then there's the VivoPC VM65N, which is also powered by Skylake and has a slot for an Nvidia discrete graphics card, with three storage bays and support for USB 3.1 Type-A.

The spokesperson told PCR a VC65 mini-PC will be the flagship model in the line, and said that Asus will have a selection of products powered by Skylake.

Asus also showed off an upcoming LGA1151 Z170-Pro motherboard at the expo which is Skylake compatible and expected to launch in August, reports Kitguru. It's set to use digital voltage regulator modules (VRM) for DRAM with better overclocking capability and support for DDR4 RAM.

The Asus Z170-Pro features three PCI Express x16 slots for graphics cards or solid-state drives, four PCI Express x1 slots and six Serial ATA-6Gb/s ports. It has a Serial ATA Express port as well as an M.2 port powered by PCI Express 3.0 x4 with up to 4GB/s bandwidth for bigger solid-state drives, claims the report.

A similar report from PC Gamer states that Biostar and MSI have Skylake motherboards due in August as well, on sale likely before boxed versions of the Skylake processor arrive. 

While Intel announced its delayed 5th gen Core Broadwell processors for desktops will be available in the next month or two, it also showed off its first tablet powered by Skylake. 

The tablet has a 4K display with a resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels, and is 7.8mm thick, reports Computerworld.

Kirk Skaugen, senior VP and general manager for the PC Client Group at Intel (pictured), said that tablets based on Skylake will be 'computing powerhouses' that will be able to manage high-resolution displays.

The Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K Skylake processors are due to launch in the second half of this year, as a replacement to Intel's Broadwell family of chips. 

Elsewhere, a leaked slide from FanlessTech shows that a new set of small Intel NUC computers are due to launch later this year all powered by Skylake. Specs include a max 32GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, an Intel HD Graphics chip, four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card reader, an expandable 2.5-inch SSD bay and more.

In other Intel news, a roadmap for future Intel Compute Stick mini-PCs has apparently been leaked on liliputing.com.

Read more news from Computex 2015 here.

Image source: DigitalTrends

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