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The GMK NucBox K9 is a compact desktop computer with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125H Meteor Lake mobile processor with 14 CPU cores, 18 threads, and 7-core Intel Arc integrated graphics.

GMK first unveiled the NucBox K9 in China in March, and now it’s available for purchase worldwide from AliExpress or the GMKTec website. Prices starting at $480 for a barebones model (although you can save $20 when you use the coupon code 819BM6Z8QHHF at AliExpress).

The little computer looks virtually identical to another model that the company launched in February: the GMK NucBox K8. But the K8 features an AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS Hawk Point processor rather than an Intel chip.

Both computers measure 4.84″ x 4.4″ x 1.7″ and feature slots for up to two sticks of DDR5-5600 memory and up to two M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs. There are some slight differences in ports and wireless support between the two models:

NucBox K9 (Intel)NucBox K8 (AMD)
Ports1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Thunderbolt 4
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x USB4 (w/DisplayPort Alt Mode, 100W power delivery)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
1 x 3.5mm audio
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2

Both computers also have two fans: a large fan below the motherboard and a smaller one above it to help dissipate heat generated by memory and storage.

In addition to barebones configurations, both the GMK NucBox K8 and K9 systems are available configured with 32GB of RAM and 1TB or 2TB of storage.

This article was first published March 15, 2024 and most recently updated April 15, 2024. 

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  1. Product Collection Intel® Core™ Ultra processors (Series 1)
    Code Name Products formerly Meteor Lake
    Vertical Segment Mobile
    Processor Number 125H
    CPU Specifications
    Total Cores 14

    of Performance-cores 4

    of Efficient-cores 8

    of Low Power Efficient-cores 2

    Total Threads 18
    Max Turbo Frequency 4.5 GHz

  2. I am very pleased with the development of small devices. Can’t wait: four SODIMM slots RAM and four M.2 2280 slots for PCIe 4.0 x4