Intel’s NUC line of computers are small desktop PCs that typically have laptop-class hardware. But this year the company introduced the most powerful NUC to date. And now it’s available for purchase.
The Intel “Ghost Canyon” NUC is powered by a removable Intel Compute Element with a 9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake-H processor. And the system supports desktop graphics cards, allowing you to supply your own GPU.
Now it’s available as the Intel NUC 9 Extreme from for $999 and up.
The starting price will only get you a barebones model with an Intel Core i5-9300H processor, Intel UHD 630 graphics and no memory, storage, or operating system.
But the computer has plenty of upgrade options:
- Up to 64GB of RAM (2 x DDR4-2666 SODIMM slots)
- 3 x M.2 PCIe x4 slots for storage
- PCIe x16 slot for graphics cards up to 8″ long
The system also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0a port, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5, and can support up to three 4K displays without a discrete graphics card. Add one and you can connect even more screens.
Higher-priced models feature up to an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, and some retailers will also configure the system with memory, storage, and an OS for you.
Here are some places where you can buy the Intel NUC 9 Extreme/Ghost Canyon NUC as of July 1, 2020:
Intel NUC9i9QNX with Core i-9980HK for $1640
- $1349 from B&H (back-ordered)
- $1354 from Amazon
- $1299 from SimplyNUC (w/8GB/128GB)
- $1118 from Newegg