The front of the NUC box is a soft touch black print that almost feels rubberized to the touch. Intel has done similar before, and this creates a unique and premium aesthetic for their extreme parts. The only information is the Intel NUC and NUC 9 extreme kit notations, along with the 9th gen Core i9 badge up top.
The rear of the NUC 9 Extreme packaging has a bit more going on. The features list is found out back along with the parts you will need to set up your new NUC to operate. Namely, memory, storage, and an OS, as mentioned previously. There are also the core badges here, along with OPTANE supported badges and Thunderbolt, as the NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element has two on the rear I/O. At the bottom of this side, you can see the tape, which is used to fasten the magnetic closing flap.
The two thin sides show a fabric strap and an internal plastic case that holds our NUC 9 Extreme kit. The straps are affixed to the case with snaps that are topped by hexagonal brightly polished Intel logo badges. There is a visible metal latch style clip holding the strap closed and the case sealed. The latch will need to be released to open the unit once unpacked.
Flipping open the black outer packaging, we now get to the meat of the packaging, keeping our NUC 9 Extreme safe during transit. We can now see that the plastic case is split horizontally about two thirds the way down. When pulling the case from the box, we found an envelope affixed to the inside. It is used to house the paperwork for the NUC 9 Extreme.
Here we have the three paper inclusions with the kit. We have a quick start guide, a pre-production information card, and a safety information guide. These are all detailed information guides with the quick start guide covering some necessary functions for the NUC 9 Extreme.
Now we get to the fun part; let's get it ripped open. As you can see, the buckle is unique, and it requires a press on both sides to release the latch. Once it's released, you only need to pull the strap away from the box, and the Intel logos will unsnap from the case halves. Removing the top, we now get a look at the NUC 9 Extreme kit. The first thing we see is the same Intel Extreme skull on both the case and now the mesh side panel for the NUC 9 Extreme kit chassis.
Pulling the NUC 9 Extreme form the package, we find a false bottom below the NUC. Removing the thin cardboard bottom, we now see there are two more accessories included.
The false bottom revealed a power cord that I had not even thought about up to this point. A curious inclusion was a small keyring style flashlight with an Intel Extreme skull embellishment. Being a tech geek, the first thing I did was checked if the flashlight worked, which is when things got interesting. I fired off the flashlight, and two of the LEDs illuminated in bright white. I was admittedly a bit bummed, thinking my flashlight was partially dead, so I clicked it off and on again, but now the dud LED illuminated in purple/UV. Now I was on a mission, why would Intel send me a purple, or UV flashlight?
The answer was right in front of my face.
When I first saw the package, then the NUC itself, I was admittedly bummed to see that the RGB LED skull was not present like it was on Hades. However, the team on the NUC team were a bit cheeky with a hidden Easter egg on the packaging. As you can see with a UV light, the packaging comes to life with the skill outlined in Intel Blue, while the eyes are red, and even the Intel NUC lettering shines in a bright Intel blue. This was a pretty cool inclusion on the packaging, even if it is more fan service than anything.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [NUC 9 Extreme NUCi9QNX Kit]
- Page 4 [Inside the NUC 9 Extreme NUCi9QNX Kit]
- Page 5 [Compute Element Disassembly and Analysis]
- Page 6 [Compute Element Disassembly and Analysis Continued]
- Page 7 [BIOS and Testing Setup]
- Page 8 [Test Setup and CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [Graphics Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Power Consumption and Thermals]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]