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Intel NUC 9 Extreme "Ghost Canyon" NUC9i9QNX Review (Page 3)

Shannon Robb | Apr 15, 2020 at 8:00 am CDT - 1 min, 56 secs time to read this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: IntelModel: NUC9i9QNX

NUC 9 Extreme NUCi9QNX Kit

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Now with the NUC out of the packaging, we look at the exterior. The front is mostly a flat slate with the surface only broken for the I/O and the Core i9 badge.

The I/O is setup as follows:

  • Power Button with Power LED Halo
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports
  • SDXC card slot supporting UHS-II
  • 3.5mm combo jack

The high-speed capability of the front panel connectivity is fantastic, as it will not fall behind the times any time soon.

The rear of the chassis, we have a lot to peek at. Firstly, up top, we see two screws and a Kensington lock. The two screws are the only thing you must remove to pull the top cover off and gain access to the internals. This is also the single external chassis panel that can be removed besides the mesh side panels.

The Compute Element I/O is as follows:

  • 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports
  • 2x Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • HDMI 2.0a port
  • 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Combo Optical and 3.5mm analog jack

The NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element is a full-fledged system on an add-in card. This means this rear I/O is essentially your motherboard I/O. there is also the GPU I/O, but I think everyone s familiar with these ports. The only other thing noteworthy would be the PSU interface at the lower edge.

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Looking at each mesh panel, we can see that the NUC kit's chassis is designed to allow as much airflow to the components possible. Through one side, we see the GPU fans for our ASUS RTX 2070. On the opposing side, we catch a peek at the rear side of the CPU socket on the Compute Element.

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Nest up is the top and bottom of the chassis. On the top of the chassis, we see a large oval opening that houses the two 80mm fans internally. The fans push out of this grille to release any warm air from inside the chassis.

The bottom of the chassis has the applicable serial number labels along with regulatory and informational ID labels.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Shannon Robb

Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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