At CES 2017 this week, Intel will finally take the wraps off their 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” processors, alongside the Z270 chipset. Expect to see a host of new motherboards and PCs announced at the show, as a result.

However, it’s the all-new Intel NUC mini-PCs thatI’m most interested in. I use NUCs extensively for WGS product testing here and have found them to be excellent – small, compact, powerful and almost silent. Despite their diminutive proportions, they’re usually packed with the latest technology.

The latest models are no exception, supporting a range of features including:

  • 7th Generation Intel Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors
  • Full size HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60Hz) and DisplayPort 1.2 via USB-C
  • Intel® Optane Memory ready
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 technology (i5 and i7 skus)
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 8265, IEE 802.1ac 2×2 + Bluetooth v4.2
  • Up to 7.1 multichannel digital audio
  • Multi-color front LED ring

We’ve discussed Thunderbolt 3 extensively on the site (check out our line-up of the year’s best Thunderbolt 3 accessories) so it’s no surprise to see the versatile storage and display interface included on the new NUC. HDMI 2.0 support ensures that the new models are 4K ready, which will please HTPC fans. There’s high speed 2×2 AC wireless and Bluetooth 4.1 support, while the new NUCs are Intel Optane Memory ready – a new class of memory and storage chips that offer speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional SSDs.

Five new models are being announced at the show. They include:

  • Core i3 Gen 7 Tall “H” NUC System (NUC7i3BNH)
  • Core i3 Gen 7 Slim “K” NUC System (NUC7i3BNK)
  • Core i5 Gen 7 Tall “H” NUC System (NUC7i5BNH)
  • Core i5 Gen 7 Slim “K” NUC System (NUC7i5BNK)
  • Core i7 Gen 7 Tall “H” NUC System (NUC7i7BNH)

Use the tabs below to check out the features for each system:
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”Intel NUC7i3BNH” tab_id=”1483474624949-b4c7e2a9-997d”][vc_column_text]– 7th generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4 GHz Dual Core, 3MB Cache, 15W TDP)
– Intel® HD Graphics 620
– M.2 22×42/80 (Key M) slot for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD
– Support for 2.5” SSD, HDD, or SSHD up to 9.5mm SATA3 (6Gbps) drives Pre-Installed up to 2TB
– Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
– HDMI 2.0 supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– DisplayPort 1.2 via USB 3.1 Type-C connector, supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– Up to 4096×2304 (4K) monitors supported on both HDMI and DisplayPort (Type-C) Ports
– Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) (10/100/1000)
– Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2, Intel Wireless Display 6.0
– USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) via Type-C connector on back panel
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, including one charging port
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
– Intel HD Audio via Headphone / Microphone jack (3.5mm TRRS)
– Dual Array Microphones built in (front panel openings)
– Consumer infrared sensor on front panel
– Micro SDXC Slot with UHS-1 support, on side panel
– Back panel DC power connector (12V-19V)
– Kensington lock support
– Product size 4.55″ x 4.4″ x 1.85″ (2″ at rubber feet)[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Intel NUC7i3BNK” tab_id=”1483474624982-98923166-d342"][v[vc_column_text] 7th generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4 GHz Dual Core, 3MB Cache, 15W TDP)
– Intel® HD Graphics 620
– M.2 22×42/80 (Key M) slot for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD
– HDMI 2.0 supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– DisplayPort 1.2 via USB 3.1 Type-C connector, supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– Up to 4096×2304 (4K) monitors supported on both HDMI and DisplayPort (Type-C) Ports
– Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) (10/100/1000)
– Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2, Intel Wireless Display 6.0
– USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) via Type-C connector on back panel
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, including one charging port
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
– Intel HD Audio via Headphone / Microphone jack (3.5mm TRRS)
– Dual Array Microphones built in (front panel openings)
– Consumer infrared sensor on front panel
– Micro SDXC Slot with UHS-1 support, on side panel
– Back panel DC power connector (12V-19V)
– Kensington lock support
– Product size 4.55″ x 4.4″ x 1.5″ (1.65″ at rubber feet)[/[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Intel NUC7i5BNH” tab_id=”1483474796961-a3974bab-3a60"]c_[vc_column_text]7th generation Intel Core i5-7260U Processor (2.2 GHz Dual Core, 3.4GHz Turbo, 4MB Cache, 15W TDP)
– Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
– M.2 22×42/80 (Key M) slot for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD
– Support for 2.5” SSD, HDD, or SSHD up to 9.5mm SATA3 (6Gbps) drives Pre-Installed up to 2TB
– Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
– Thunderbolt™ 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 via Type-C connector

– Supports USB 3.1 devices directly
– Supports external PCIe chassis
– Supports Thunderbolt DisplayPort (DP) monitors
– Supports Thunderbolt devices (some adapters may be required)

– HDMI 2.0 supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– DisplayPort 1.2 via USB 3.1 Type-C connector, supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– Up to 4096×2304 (4K) monitors supported on both HDMI and DisplayPort (Type-C) Ports
– Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) (10/100/1000)
– Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2, Intel Wireless Display 6.0
– USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) via Type-C connector on back panel
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, including one charging port
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
– Intel HD Audio via Headphone / Microphone jack (3.5mm TRRS)
– Dual Array Microphones built in (front panel openings)
– Consumer infrared sensor on front panel
– Micro SDXC Slot with UHS-1 support, on side panel
– Back panel DC power connector (12V-19V)
– Kensington lock support
– Product size 4.55″ x 4.4″ x 1.85″ (2″ at rubber feet)[/vc[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Intel NUC7i5BNK” tab_id=”1483474880472-a7da1f35-d976"]co[vc_column_text]h generation Intel Core i5-7260U Processor (2.2 GHz Dual Core, 3.4GHz Turbo, 4MB Cache, 15W TDP)
– Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
– M.2 22×42/80 (Key M) slot for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD
– Thunderbolt™ 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 via Type-C connector

– Supports USB 3.1 devices directly
– Supports external PCIe chassis
– Supports Thunderbolt DisplayPort (DP) monitors
– Supports Thunderbolt devices (some adapters may be required)

– HDMI 2.0 supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– DisplayPort 1.2 via USB 3.1 Type-C connector, supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– Up to 4096×2304 (4K) monitors supported on both HDMI and DisplayPort (Type-C) Ports
– Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) (10/100/1000)
– Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2, Intel Wireless Display 6.0
– USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) via Type-C connector on back panel
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, including one charging port
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
– Intel HD Audio via Headphone / Microphone jack (3.5mm TRRS)
– Dual Array Microphones built in (front panel openings)
– Consumer infrared sensor on front panel
– Micro SDXC Slot with UHS-1 support, on side panel
– Back panel DC power connector (12V-19V)
– Kensington lock support
– Product size 4.55″ x 4.4″ x 1.85″ (2″ at rubber feet)[/vc_c[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Intel NUC7i7BNH” tab_id=”1483474937959-178da8f1-a226"]lu[vc_column_text]generation Intel Core i7-7567U Processor (3.5 GHz Dual Core, 4GHz Turbo, 4MB Cache, 28W TDP)
– Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 650
– M.2 22×42/80 (Key M) slot for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD
– Support for 2.5” SSD, HDD, or SSHD up to 9.5mm SATA3 (6Gbps) drives Pre-Installed up to 2TB
– Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
– Thunderbolt™ 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 via Type-C connector

– Supports USB 3.1 devices directly
– Supports external PCIe chassis
– Supports Thunderbolt DisplayPort (DP) monitors
– Supports Thunderbolt devices (some adapters may be required)

– HDMI 2.0 supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– DisplayPort 1.2 via USB 3.1 Type-C connector, supporting 8-channel digital audio (7.1 surround sound)
– Up to 4096×2304 (4K) monitors supported on both HDMI and DisplayPort (Type-C) Ports
– Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) (10/100/1000)
– Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, 802.11ac 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2, Intel Wireless Display 6.0
– USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) via Type-C connector on back panel
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, including one charging port
– (2) USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
– Intel HD Audio via Headphone / Microphone jack (3.5mm TRRS)
– Dual Array Microphones built in (front panel openings)
– Consumer infrared sensor on front panel
– Micro SDXC Slot with UHS-1 support, on side panel
– Back panel DC power connector (12V-19V)
– Kensington lock support
– Product size 4.55″ x 4.4″ x 1.85″ (2″ at rubber feet)[/vc_col[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row]The new Intel NUCs featuring 7th Gen Intel Core processors are available for pre-order starting January 5th. The i3 models are expected to start shipping late January 2017 and the i5 and i7 models in early April 2017.