Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme: The Tiny PC

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have a better gaming PC just by adding in a new graphics card. What if you could do add or change everything else in that computer —  a new CPU, RAM, storage? What if making a PC like this made it far smaller than any PC you’d ever built or bought before? This is what the NUC 9 Extreme brings us.

 

The result is a desktop gaming PC that’s just 5 liters in volume — slightly smaller than a PlayStation 4 Pro. It just takes two screws to open the lid. 

The result is a desktop gaming PC that’s just 5 liters in volume — slightly smaller than a PlayStation 4 Pro. It just takes two screws to open the lid. All the hardware can be taken out and changed for better hardware. However, because it is so small, some hardware cannot fit inside. Also, gaming computers often get too hot. However the NUC 9 Extreme stayed cool enough even on games that use a lot of computer energy. 

Intel will be selling the NUC 9 Extreme this March as a barebones system. Barebones means that it will have only the simplest or most important parts, nothing extra. That means you have to bring your own OS, memory, storage, and GPU. Prices start at around $1,050 with a Core i5, $1,250 for Core i7, or around $1,700 for the Core i9.

The designers think that only a few million devices sold over the lifetime of the NUC. which is not very, very many. Perhaps, though, Intel has made a new standard that could change the way small PCs are made from here on out.

Either way, it’s super cool how much power this tiny PC has.