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CES 2020: we tested the NUC 9 Extreme Kit, Intel's mini modular gamer PC


This is Intel's mini PC gamer, the NUC 9 Extreme Kit Source: LA NACION

LAS VEGAS-. Extended ATX motherboards, large cabinets and liquid cooling systems are some of the products and accessories that are usually present in the computers of video game fans. This reality may change with the new Mini PC that
Intel present at the fair
CES 2020 from Las Vegas.

It's about the
NUC 9 Extreme Kit, a powerful gamer computer that weighs only 3 kg and that, as detailed in the presentation, "offer the performance of a desktop in a compact-sized computer".


This is Intel's mini gamer PC, the NUC 9 Extreme KitThis is Intel's mini PC gamer, the NUC 9 Extreme Kit Source: LA NACION

In order to run the latest games, the NUC 9 includes an Intel Core i9 9-generation processor fully unlocked for better performance (that is, to allow overclocking); although there are also options with Core i5 and Core i7 processors. An important fact is that they can be updated later.

In terms of graphics, the team mounts an integrated UHD Graphics 630 GPU inside the motherboard, but also offers a PCIe X16 slot to add a higher power video card. It also includes a solid state storage unit that allows the operating system to start up in a matter of seconds and accelerate the loading of games.

In terms of connectivity, the device has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.1 ports, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, two Gigabit Ethernet ports and HDMI 2.0. The source is 500 watts.


This is Intel's mini gamer PC, the NUC 9 Extreme KitThis is Intel's mini PC gamer, the NUC 9 Extreme Kit Source: LA NACION

The kit also includes a strap to safely transport the equipment, since it is designed to lead to e-sports and LAN parties.

It will have a base price of between 1050 and 1700 dollars; Does not include SSD or RAM (DDR4, up to 64 GB).

Performance test

THE NATION agreed to an exclusive session where it was possible to test the equipment. To do this, we play for a few minutes to the title
Just Cause 4 with the graphics configured in Full HD and all the details. The results were definitely up to par: with a swing between 75 FPS (frames per second) and 60 FPS, the game did not lose fluidity at any time.


This is Intel's mini gamer PC, the NUC 9 Extreme KitThis is Intel's mini PC gamer, the NUC 9 Extreme Kit Source: LA NACION

When coming into contact with the equipment, we note that, due to its dimensions, it has a good cooling system with superior ventilation that circulates the hot air from inside the cabinet through the top.

Another highlight of the NUC 9 Extreme Kit is its design, with a remarkable guide to the gamer market, as seen in the photographs.

Adaptability

In addition to manufacturing its own models, Intel sells the platform for other manufacturers to develop their own equipment. Such is that in the session we could see configurations of other brands. One of them was the ADATA XPG model that adopted a white cabinet, while another model, perhaps more conceptual, mounted an aluminum chassis where the new NUC 9 platform was connected to an Nvidia RTX 2080 video card .


This is Intel's mini gamer PC, the NUC 9 Extreme KitThis is Intel's mini PC gamer, the NUC 9 Extreme Kit Source: LA NACION

Another manufacturer that has already announced its own adaptation of the NUC 9 Extreme platform is HyperX.

Also for servers

In addition to the Mini PC for games, Intel took advantage of this new platform to develop a small-sized solution for servers. The model is called NUC 9 Pro Kit and includes an Intel Xeon processor, Wi-fi 6, and a Thunderbolt 3 port, among others characteristics.