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  • - Intel's been trying

  • to build small gaming PCs for a while

  • but this is one of the smallest,

  • yet most full featured I've ever seen.

  • This five liter box is a full desktop gaming PC,

  • and one of the most easiest

  • to upgrade computers I've seen in quite a while.

  • In fact, it's easier to upgrade

  • than today's desktop computers.

  • That's because inside this five liter chassis,

  • you won't just find a traditional CPU

  • with a heat sink and fan

  • or a GPU board.

  • This is called the Intel NUC 9 Extreme

  • and I'm gonna show you exactly what's inside it

  • and how it might change

  • how you build your next gaming computer.

  • There is a brain inside this computer

  • that contains it's own CPU,

  • memory and storage that you can plug in to this PC

  • just like you plug in that graphics card.

  • So to pull out most of the main system components

  • to this computer,

  • I'm just gonna disconnect a few cables,

  • attach the main brain module up here,

  • which they're calling the Element.

  • NUC Element Compute module.

  • Still have a lot of headers on there

  • but this is the Element NUC module.

  • And inside of here I'm gonna show you even a little bit more

  • how modulated this system is.

  • So as you can see inside here,

  • not only is the entire CPU brain of this computer modular

  • but inside here you can replace the memory modules

  • and the storage modules as well

  • with no laptop memory sticks

  • or solid state drives as well.

  • It's got support

  • for three NVMe solid state drives in total,

  • two of them right in this module.

  • So maybe a couple of years down the road

  • you're thinking of replacing this Core i9-9980HK

  • with something faster and newer,

  • when you do that you can also replace all

  • of your ports as well.

  • You've got dual gigabit ethernet here,

  • a pair of Thunderbolt 3 USB-C jacks

  • that are multipurpose,

  • HDMI and four USB 3.1 ports right on this card.

  • And you can imagine as newer

  • and better port technologies come out,

  • you just swap out this one module.

  • It's like replacing your entire motherboard

  • of your computer.

  • That's because this computer doesn't really

  • have another motherboard,

  • all it has connecting the rest of the computer together

  • is this single baseboard with a couple

  • of PCIe X16 slots and an X4 over there

  • if you wanna add something extra like a video capture card,

  • instead of dedicating all 16 lanes to your graphics.

  • So you can see there's not a lot going on here,

  • this is just there to connect these main pieces

  • to the computer together.

  • All the rest of the I/O,

  • all of the rest of the processing power,

  • it's all here in this modular replaceable card.

  • Theoretically this all makes for one

  • of the smallest future-proof gaming PCs we've ever seen

  • and if you're worried about that future-proof thing,

  • Intel says it's planning

  • to ship at least a couple generations

  • of this NUC Element CPU brain.

  • The company also says it's 500W power supply is designed

  • to handle any graphics card on the market

  • for the next couple of years,

  • as long as it fits into this frame

  • which means it needs to be under eight inches

  • and fits into a dual slot chassis.

  • In addition to that,

  • it says that you shouldn't see any kind

  • of performance detriment from the fact

  • that all of this is happening over an X16 PCIe slot.

  • And if you don't like this exact five liter design

  • with it's prominent skull,

  • they will be some other options on the market.

  • Intel is planning to ship this as a Barebones kit,

  • meaning you need your own storage,

  • your own memory,

  • operating system and graphics card

  • if you wanna make it a gaming system.

  • From between $1300 and $1700 and i5,

  • i7 and i9 configurations

  • but there will be other manufacturers

  • building their own chassis around the NUC Element as well,

  • including Razer and some other companies

  • I can't talk about quite yet.

  • Those will be shipping this year

  • with the Barebone system from Intel shipping in March.

  • I've been a fan of Intel's tiny NUC computers for a while

  • but I've never seen enough graphical oomph in there

  • for me to buy one myself

  • and it looks like that's changing here.

  • I'm also a big fan of small modular computers,

  • I've tried to build them

  • but I've never been able to make them this small.

  • So if this works out,

  • I'm gonna be a customer for this actual box.

  • For now, I'm gonna wait and see how it plays out.

  • We're in Las Vegas all this week

  • for the Consumer Electronics Show

  • so you can check out our other videos

  • of intriguing gadgets as well,

  • including laptops,

  • foldables and more.

- Intel's been trying

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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