When Intel conducted a short-term experiment that placed AMD graphics in an Intel processor, this led to one of the most scaled-down but capable gaming PCs ever made: the Hades Canyon NUC, also known as the NUC 8. That wasn’t computer that you could really make sense of upgrading. That’s where its successor, the NUC 9 Extreme “Ghost Canyon,” can excel – allowing you to exchange the CPU, GPU, memory, storage and ports with minimal effort.
This evening Intel gave a taste of the “Ghost Canyon” at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, as confirmation a leak that we’ve been wondering about for months: The existence of a full gaming PC built around Intel’s NUC Compute Element initiative to convert CPUs into removable cartridges for easily upgraded computers. The leaks said that this computer would be just 5 liters in volume, practically as small as a game console, and that is exactly what Intel confirmed tonight, as well as the possibility of replacing those “Compute Element” CPU cartridges.
Intel doesn’t reveal everything yet – really, the only official details are what you see in the slide above – but the company says it supports the Intel H series (read: powerful laptop quality, but no desktop) Core i9 processors, and that it has partners on board that will also adjust the system. Intel traditionally sells its NUC computers as barebone systems where you must provide your own memory, storage, and operating system, so partners may add those components (and perhaps a graphics card) for you.
As the really extensive leak on the Chinese Koolshare forums is correct, this may well be the intriguing mini-pc. We hope to get it later this week.