Intel NUC 9 Extreme is the new king of compact gaming PCs

The Intel NUC line has always attracted the attention of users. It is a powerful minicomputer measuring only 238 x 216 x 96mm, and is aimed at enthusiasts who prefer compactness.

Compared to previous models, the slightly increased dimensions of the Intel NUC 9 may seem like a step backward. However, it is still significantly smaller than any desktop with a discrete GPU. To ensure this, Intel developers used a modular scheme that allows you to connect any graphics card up to 8 inches long to your PC.

In addition, Intel has developed a removable "computing element" that includes a mobile processor, two notebook-format RAM slots, and space for two M.2 SSDs. Another M.2 slot is hidden inside the case. Power is provided by a compact 500 watt power supply.

Opening the NUC 9 Extreme is easy. To do this, remove the upper part of the case by unscrewing two screws and slide the two side panels outward. The compute processor slides out like a PCIe card, although removing it will require you to disconnect a few tiny wires.

The set of ports on the NUC 9 is determined by the attached compute element and the GPU. One of the top-of-the-line bundles includes two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.1 Type A ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI. The GPU provides DisplayPort as well as an HDMI and DVI slot.