amazon INTEL NUC 9 EXTREME KIT reviews
Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) Ghost Canyon has been the ninth generation of giant Intel, a long journey to bring the Mini PC concept from a small PC just enough to meet basic office needs for to this day, it becomes one of the most powerful Mini PCs on the market that can threaten any Desktop PC on the market. It can be said that NUC Ghost Canyon is a huge step forward in the Mini PC concept when the line between Mini PC and Desktop has been blurred. Not only is it equipped with an 8-core / 16-thread i9 9980HK CPU for approximately 9900K performance, but also the ability to use discrete VGA up to RTX2070, an amazing power in a small body with dimensions of just 238 * 216 * 96mm.
It can be said that the upgradeability of the Intel NUC Extreme is extremely diverse. The NUC Extreme Kit itself consists of 2 parts
Compute Element: This is the most important component of Kit NUC, including Intel 9th CPU with 3 versions: i5 9300H, i7 9750H, and i9 9980HK. 2 Slot So DIMM DDR4 2666+ up to 64GB, 2 M.2 PCI-E 3.0 × 4 slots as well as I / O connections of Nuc Extreme. Compute Element uses PCI-E 3.0 × 16 interfaces to communicate with the rest of the Nuc Kit. So it can be easily upgraded to later versions, simply Plug n Play.
Baseboard: this is the component that connects the Compute Element to the rest of the movement. This section will include 1 OEM by FSP 80+ Platium certified PSU, 1 M.2 PCI-E 3.0 × 4 slots, 1 PCI-E 3.0 × 16 expansion slot, and 1 PCI-E 3.0 × 4 expansion slot. So, combined with Compute Element, we can imagine a Desktop PC with max option configuration: i9 9980HK, 64GB ram, RTX2070 Mini with 3 slots M.2 PCI-E 3.0 × 4
A Mini PC?
The NUC 9 Extreme looks bigger than the previous generation (Nuc 8 Hades canyon) but still keeps it’s compact and refined. Still a familiar skull logo, however, Intel has improved a lot in the temperature issue when on both sides are equipped with 2 full-size grilles. Both insure insect elements and protects internal components while also ensuring temperature problems when operating the internal components, during the temperature test of i7 9750H CPU with Prime 95 test bland test, the heatsink of the NUC extreme still ensures the i7 9750H works to its full potential. Thus, it can be said that Intel has focused a lot on the temperature problem on the Nuc extreme. However, to ensure long-term operation when loading powerful tasks, we still recommend users to customize the heat sink to ensure the stability and longevity of the system.
Inside the Nuc 9 Extreme
The first part when opening the Intel Nuc 9 Extreme is 2 fans on the roof with the task of sucking hot air out.
Followed by two mesh plates with the familiar skull logo of Intel NUC Canyon.
Compute Element uses PCI-E interface to connect with the rest of the Nuc 9 extreme
Intel pays great attention to the Compute Element’s heatsink
Talking about the ports of Intel Extreme, we will have:
– 2 * USB 3.1 Type-A (front panel)
– SD Card reader
– Audio combo jack (front)
– 4 * USB 3.1 Type (rear panel)
– 2 * Intel Lan Gigabit
– Optical Audio out
– HDMI output
– 2 * Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C)
– Intel AX200 supports Wifi 6 802.11ax and Bluetooth 5.0
In terms of performance, we can easily find benchmarks for i5 9300H, i7 9750H, and i9 9980HK CPU versions on the internet. Also, if you are interested in gaming performance or VGA-related work, you can look for similar results. Note, however, that NUC 9 Extreme is only compatible with Mini (<8inch), 2 slots, and TDP no more than 175W cards (drop RTX 2070 or GTX 10 series card with TDP equivalent)
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