Thunderbolt™ 3 Features on Intel® NUC Kit - NUC6i7KYK


Product Information & Documentation



Thunderbolt™ 3 Features

  • External device power — up to 15W (hubs, hard drives, audio interfaces, etc.)
  • Daisy-chain up to six devices (not including displays)
  • External Graphics Card (eGPU) plug-and-play support (ex: Razer Core*, PowerColor Devil Box*)
  • Up to 40 Gbps data transfer speeds
  • Thunderbolt™ networking
  • Cable is symmetric/reversible - there's no wrong way to plug it in
  • Supports DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DP Alt Mode)

The following table shows which Intel® NUCs have Thunderbolt™ 3 and how many displays each device supports with a single to dual display adapter.

Intel NUC model Number of displays supported with a single to dual display adapter

Example of a single to dual display adapter:

Plugable adapter

Not all Thunderbolt cables are alike. A cable with a 3 on it runs up to 40 Gbps. A cable without a 3 runs up to 20 Gbps. See below:

Thunderbolt cables


Only Windows® 10 supports external graphics GPUs.

The Thunderbolt 3 connection is single-link.

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