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Intel NUC 9 Extreme with Core i9 and RTX 2070 in Review

The devil is in the details! Intel's NUC systems have been around for many years and are known for their compact build. The new Intel NUC 9 Extreme even offers enough room for a full-fledged desktop GPU. While this increases the device's size noticeably, it still remains fairly compact. Find out in our extensive review how much performance you can expect.
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Intel NUC computers have been around for quite a while, and most of the time these miniature PCs are used as small office computers. One notable example was the Intel NUC Hades Canyon that was created in collaboration with AMD and aimed at gamers looking for a compact machine. This is exactly where the new Ghost Canyon enters the arena, as it offers a case smaller than 5 liters (1.3 gallons) without sacrificing performance. The model reviewed by us features an Intel Core i9-9980HK, 16 GB of RAM, and two SSDs with a combined storage capacity of 1.38 TB. 3D acceleration is provided by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070. This combination should be more than powerful enough to run even current games smoothly and without any issues.

If you are considering purchasing this device keep in mind that RAM, storage, and dedicated graphics card are optional and not included with the NUC. Regardless, the Core i9-9980HK equipped SKU will set you back almost $1,700. Alternatively, the Ghost Canyon NUC can also be equipped with an Intel Core i5-9300H for around $1,000, or a Intel Core i7-9750H for around $1,300. In each case you will need to add RAM and at least one storage device. The compute element itself is not too complicated to take apart.

Should you also want to add a dedicated graphics card you need to pay special attention to size. Our review unit was equipped with a miniature GeForce RTX 2070 made by Asus. Intel maintains a Ghost Canyon NUC compatibility list.

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit mit GeForce RTX 2070
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit Compute Element
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit Compute Element
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit Compute Element
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit Compute Element
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit WLAN-Modul
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit Compute Element (cooler)
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Mini
Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Mini
Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Mini
Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Mini
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit

Intel NUC 9 Extreme in Detail

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit Compute Element
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit Compute Element

The NUC 9 Extreme offers an 8-core/16-thread Intel Core i9-9980HK processor. The mobile CPU is soldered onto the compute element’s mainboard, which also includes all external ports such as USB, LAN, and HDMI. Combined with the two USB ports at the front the NUC features a total of eight USB ports, two of which are USB-C ports with support for Thunderbolt that also carry a DisplayPort signal. Thus, you can connect a total of three displays to the SoC’s iGPU, two via USB-C and one via HDMI 2.0b. Furthermore, two SO-DIMM and two M.2 slots are available. Network connectivity can be achieved either via one of the two Ethernet ports or the Wi-Fi 6 module. One of said Ethernet ports even supports speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps.

Processor Benchmarks

All things considered the Intel Core i9-9980HK performed admirably, albeit not necessarily any faster than the average notebook equipped with the same processor. To spice things up and provide you with a broader picture we also added three desktop CPUs into the mix: an Intel Core i5-10600K, an Intel Core i9-10900K, and an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X. Compared to these, the Core i9-9980HK performed similarly to the Core i5-10600K, and it was unable to keep up with 10 or even 16 core CPUs. Single-core performance, on the other hand, was the Core i9-9980HK’s strong suit, and it performed only a few percentage points below the Core i9-10900K. In multi-thread benchmarks the CPU failed to compensate for its missing cores when compared to desktop CPUs. Given that the Ghost Canyon NUC can also be equipped with an Intel Core i5-9300H and an Intel Core i7-9750H we added these two to our comparison group as well. That way you get a bigger and more complete picture of what to expect of those two SoCs.

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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
224 Points ∼100% +4%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
215 Points ∼96%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
209 Points ∼93% -3%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
205 Points ∼92% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (181 - 215, n=13)
199 Points ∼89% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (170 - 194, n=80)
184 Points ∼82% -14%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (169 - 176, n=11)
173 Points ∼77% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
4002 Points ∼91% +149%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
2620 Points ∼60% +63%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (1327 - 1930, n=14)
1656 Points ∼38% +3%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
1607 Points ∼37%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
1452 Points ∼33% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (952 - 1306, n=83)
1180 Points ∼27% -27%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (717 - 850, n=11)
784 Points ∼18% -51%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
532 Points ∼98% +6%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
520 Points ∼96% +3%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
504 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (445 - 505, n=9)
476 Points ∼88% -6%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
464 Points ∼85% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (416 - 486, n=54)
442 Points ∼81% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (398 - 427, n=9)
415 Points ∼76% -18%
CPU (Multi Core)
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
9075 Points ∼91% +170%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
6381 Points ∼64% +90%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (2974 - 4150, n=9)
3523 Points ∼35% +5%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
3443 Points ∼34% +3%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
3357 Points ∼34%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (2017 - 3110, n=54)
2554 Points ∼26% -24%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (1530 - 1877, n=9)
1727 Points ∼17% -49%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
2.56 Points ∼100% +7%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
2.4 Points ∼94%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
2.37 Points ∼93% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (2.25 - 2.4, n=3)
2.31 Points ∼90% -4%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
2.19 Points ∼86% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (1.96 - 2.19, n=10)
2.1 Points ∼82% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
43.68 Points ∼99% +142%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
29.03 Points ∼66% +61%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
18.04 Points ∼41%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (14.8 - 18, n=3)
16.7 Points ∼38% -7%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
15.76 Points ∼36% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (11.3 - 14.1, n=10)
13 Points ∼29% -28%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
86232 Points ∼100% +55%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
80495 Points ∼93% +44%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
55742 Points ∼65%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
 
55742 Points ∼65% 0%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
51816 Points ∼60% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (37188 - 44238, n=3)
40129 Points ∼47% -28%
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
10625 Points ∼99% +3%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
10580 Points ∼98% +2%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
10359 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
 
10359 Points ∼96% 0%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
9594 Points ∼89% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (9069 - 9346, n=3)
9165 Points ∼85% -12%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (588 - 643, n=3)
611 Seconds * ∼4% -93%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (374 - 495, n=19)
438 Seconds * ∼3% -38%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (317 - 527, n=3)
398 Seconds * ∼3% -25%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
317.4 Seconds * ∼2%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
302.4 Seconds * ∼2% +5%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
167.3 Seconds * ∼1% +47%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
125.8 Seconds * ∼1% +60%
wPrime 2.10
1024m
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
 
154 s * ∼2% -28%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
120.202 s * ∼1%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (110 - 120, n=2)
115 s * ∼1% +4%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
113.229 s * ∼1% +6%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
66.27 s * ∼1% +45%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
44.856 s * ∼1% +63%
32m
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
 
4.93 s * ∼1% -30%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
4.648 s * ∼1% -23%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (3.79 - 4.94, n=2)
4.36 s * ∼1% -15%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
4.112 s * ∼1% -9%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
3.788 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
3.582 s * ∼1% +5%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
168 (min: 168, max: 169) fps ∼94% +81%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
149 (min: 149, max: 149) fps ∼84% +61%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (92.8 - 94.8, n=2)
93.8 fps ∼53% +1%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
92.75 (min: 89.1, max: 100) fps ∼52%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
88.15 (min: 88, max: 88.2) fps ∼50% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (69.6 - 70.9, n=2)
70.3 fps ∼39% -24%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
 
49.4 fps ∼28% -47%
Pass 1
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
289.5 (min: 289, max: 291) fps ∼100% +22%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
265 (min: 265, max: 266) fps ∼92% +12%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
251.5 (min: 250, max: 253) fps ∼87% +6%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (238 - 239, n=2)
238 fps ∼82% 0%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
237.5 (min: 236, max: 239) fps ∼82%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (211 - 219, n=2)
215 fps ∼74% -9%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
 
194 fps ∼67% -18%
WinRAR - Result
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
9739 KB/s ∼100% +34%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
7409 KB/s ∼76% +2%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (7266 - 7436, n=2)
7351 KB/s ∼75% +1%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
7266 KB/s ∼75%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
6536 KB/s ∼67% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (6160 - 6631, n=2)
6396 KB/s ∼66% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
 
5663 KB/s ∼58% -22%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
2.3 GB/s ∼2% +130%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
1.5 GB/s ∼2% +50%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
1 GB/s ∼1%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (1 - 1, n=2)
1 GB/s ∼1% 0%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
0.82 GB/s ∼1% -18%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (0.7 - 0.75, n=2)
0.725 GB/s ∼1% -27%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
 
0.5 GB/s ∼1% -50%
Twofish Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
3.6 GB/s ∼3% +112%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
2.6 GB/s ∼2% +53%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
1.7 GB/s ∼1%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (1.7 - 1.7, n=2)
1.7 GB/s ∼1% 0%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
1.4 GB/s ∼1% -18%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (1.2 - 1.3, n=2)
1.25 GB/s ∼1% -26%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
 
0.84 GB/s ∼1% -51%
AES Mean 100MB
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
14.6 GB/s ∼2% +45%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
10.8 GB/s ∼1% +7%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (10.1 - 10.3, n=2)
10.2 GB/s ∼1% +1%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
10.1 GB/s ∼1%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
8 GB/s ∼1% -21%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (7.3 - 7.4, n=2)
7.35 GB/s ∼1% -27%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
 
4.7 GB/s ∼0% -53%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
12363 Points ∼100% +63%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
11414 Points ∼92% +51%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (7568 - 7703, n=2)
7636 Points ∼62% +1%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
7568 Points ∼61%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
7248 Points ∼59% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (4859 - 6262, n=12)
5579 Points ∼45% -26%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
1449 Points ∼100% +5%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
1378 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (1314 - 1378, n=2)
1346 Points ∼93% -2%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
1306 Points ∼90% -5%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
1286 Points ∼89% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (1117 - 1251, n=12)
1188 Points ∼82% -14%
Geekbench 5
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
12976 Points ∼76% +72%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
11407 Points ∼67% +51%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
7540 Points ∼44%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (7072 - 7805, n=4)
7421 Points ∼44% -2%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
7237 Points ∼42% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (4812 - 6230, n=15)
5575 Points ∼33% -26%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (3697 - 4200, n=3)
4014 Points ∼24% -47%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
1440 Points ∼35% +6%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
1355 Points ∼33%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
1315 Points ∼32% -3%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
1281 Points ∼31% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (1171 - 1355, n=4)
1273 Points ∼31% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (1105 - 1248, n=15)
1179 Points ∼28% -13%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (1095 - 1137, n=3)
1118 Points ∼27% -17%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
48962 Points ∼85% +67%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
43058 Points ∼75% +47%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (28625 - 30849, n=3)
29620 Points ∼51% +1%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
29385 Points ∼51%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
28391 Points ∼49% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (17054 - 25043, n=27)
22076 Points ∼38% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (14853 - 17684, n=7)
16246 Points ∼28% -45%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
6348 Points ∼100% +6%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
5969 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (5617 - 5972, n=3)
5853 Points ∼92% -2%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
5821 Points ∼92% -2%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
5749 Points ∼91% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (4440 - 5511, n=27)
5238 Points ∼83% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (4704 - 5089, n=7)
4898 Points ∼77% -18%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
22140 Points ∼100% +35%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
21016 Points ∼95% +28%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
16422 Points ∼74%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
15961 Points ∼72% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (9056 - 18260, n=12)
15688 Points ∼71% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (9704 - 14337, n=78)
12753 Points ∼58% -22%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel UHD Graphics 630
i9-9980HK, 2400
9056 Points ∼41% -45%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (7499 - 10557, n=12)
8987 Points ∼41% -45%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
99467 MIPS ∼96% +126%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
70968 MIPS ∼68% +61%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
44081 MIPS ∼42%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (39566 - 44081, n=4)
41756 MIPS ∼40% -5%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
40379 MIPS ∼39% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (28512 - 35174, n=19)
32232 MIPS ∼31% -27%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (20736 - 23155, n=3)
22008 MIPS ∼21% -50%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
5954 MIPS ∼39% +6%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
5642 MIPS ∼37%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (5283 - 5642, n=4)
5426 MIPS ∼36% -4%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
5340 MIPS ∼35% -5%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
5289 MIPS ∼35% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (4580 - 5090, n=19)
4853 MIPS ∼32% -14%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (4542 - 4626, n=3)
4592 MIPS ∼30% -19%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
21 fps ∼69% +84%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
15.8 fps ∼52% +39%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
12.2 fps ∼40% +7%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (10.8 - 12.3, n=3)
11.5 fps ∼38% +1%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
11.4 fps ∼38%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (7.1 - 10.2, n=19)
8.64 fps ∼28% -24%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (5.7 - 6.5, n=3)
6.07 fps ∼20% -47%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (0.608 - 0.695, n=12)
0.641 sec * ∼14% -18%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
0.593 sec * ∼13% -10%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
0.541 sec * ∼12%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
 
0.541 sec * ∼12% -0%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
0.528 sec * ∼11% +2%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
0.524 sec * ∼11% +3%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
76.02 s ∼21% +68%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (54.5 - 64.7, n=7)
58.8 s ∼16% +30%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
53.57 s ∼15% +18%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (45.2 - 57.5, n=2)
51.4 s ∼14% +14%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
46.06 s ∼13% +2%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
45.23 s ∼12%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
255 Points ∼96% +9%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
255 Points ∼96% +9%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
239 Points ∼90% +3%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
239 Points ∼90% +3%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
233 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
 
233 Points ∼88% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
 
222 Points ∼84% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (199 - 231, n=9)
213 Points ∼80% -9%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (1079 - 1349, n=8)
1138 ms * ∼2% -51%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (837 - 1713, n=54)
1048 ms * ∼2% -39%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (705 - 999, n=9)
878 ms * ∼1% -16%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
760 ms * ∼1% -1%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
754 ms * ∼1%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
709 ms * ∼1% +6%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
709 ms * ∼1% +6%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
706 ms * ∼1% +6%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
14326 Points ∼100% +52%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
12404 Points ∼87% +32%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
9417 Points ∼66%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (5540 - 10162, n=12)
8487 Points ∼59% -10%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
8290 Points ∼58% -12%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel UHD Graphics 630
i9-9980HK, 2400
7243 Points ∼51% -23%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (4620 - 7171, n=68)
6355 Points ∼44% -33%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (3165 - 4861, n=10)
4074 Points ∼28% -57%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Physics
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
31881 Points ∼100% +46%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
29374 Points ∼92% +34%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
21864 Points ∼69%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (19832 - 22568, n=8)
21323 Points ∼67% -2%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
19942 Points ∼63% -9%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel UHD Graphics 630
i9-9980HK, 2400
19832 Points ∼62% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (12628 - 17820, n=50)
16432 Points ∼52% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (9749 - 12343, n=6)
11357 Points ∼36% -48%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, NVIDIA Titan RTX
R9 3950X, 3500
32004 Points ∼98% +47%
Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i9-10900K, 3700
29805 Points ∼92% +37%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
i9-9980HK, 2400
21706 Points ∼67%
Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel UHD Graphics 630
i9-9980HK, 2400
20357 Points ∼63% -6%
Intel Core i5-10600K, NVIDIA Titan RTX
i5-10600K, 4100
20040 Points ∼62% -8%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (11758 - 22463, n=11)
19893 Points ∼61% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (12438 - 17788, n=74)
16325 Points ∼50% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-9300H
  (9387 - 12349, n=12)
11376 Points ∼35% -48%

* ... smaller is better

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit in the Cinebench R15 Loop

Despite its compact build the cooling solution worked very well and managed to cool the CPU adequately enough to ensure consistently high scores in our Cinebench R15 multi-thread loop. Scores dropped by around 150 points after the initial run during which the Core i9-9980HK was able to fully take advantage of its high turbo boost capabilities and remained stable afterwards. On average, our test sample scored 1,463 points. We ran the same test with the GeForce RTX 2070 removed in order to determine whether or not it blocked airflow in the case and are happy to report this was not the case. Minor deviations aside the results were identical.

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Application Performance

Our test sample performed just shy of the three desktop processors in our application performance benchmarks. Once again, we ran the same tests with the dedicated GPU removed, and the results were identical save for the graphics tests. To nobody’s surprise the RTX2070 turned out to be much more powerful than the 630. Consequently, the Intel NUC 9 is a great device for everyday work. The installed SSDs performed very well, which reduced waiting times to a minimum. The gaming tests were no big challenge for the device either. Kudos to Intel for creating an all-flash NUC.

Intel Optane SSD 905P (380 GB)
Intel Optane SSD 905P (380 GB)
Intel Optane SSD 905P (380 GB)
Intel Optane SSD 905P (380 GB)
Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD (1.024 GB)
Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD (1.024 GB)
Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD (1.024 GB)
Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD (1.024 GB)
PCMark 10 - Score
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
7869 Points ∼100% +13%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
7641 Points ∼97% +10%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
7329 Points ∼93% +6%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
7279 Points ∼93% +5%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
6939 Points ∼88%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
4806 Points ∼61% -31%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
5388 Points ∼100% +6%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
5296 Points ∼98% +5%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
5148 Points ∼96% +2%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
5115 Points ∼95% +1%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
5066 Points ∼94%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
4814 Points ∼89% -5%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
10550 Points ∼100% +18%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
10402 Points ∼99% +16%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
10349 Points ∼98% +15%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
10245 Points ∼97% +14%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
8969 Points ∼85%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
5572 Points ∼53% -38%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
5418 Points ∼100% +3%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
5404 Points ∼100% +3%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
5247 Points ∼97%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
5212 Points ∼96% -1%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
5185 Points ∼96% -1%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
4075 Points ∼75% -22%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
172.17 fps ∼100% +191%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
158.2 fps ∼92% +167%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
157.62 fps ∼92% +166%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
83.67 fps ∼49% +41%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
59.24 fps ∼34%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
29.03 fps ∼17% -51%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
263.29 fps ∼100% +2800%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
259.13 fps ∼98% +2754%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
254.8 fps ∼97% +2706%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
12.72 fps ∼5% +40%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
9.08 fps ∼3%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
3.37 fps ∼1% -63%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
196.12 fps ∼100% +66%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
192.43 fps ∼98% +62%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
188.26 fps ∼96% +59%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
182.26 fps ∼93% +54%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
118.46 fps ∼60%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
8.38 fps ∼4% -93%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
94.61 fps ∼100% +136%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
94.46 fps ∼100% +135%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
88.05 fps ∼93% +119%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
56.61 fps ∼60% +41%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
40.14 fps ∼42%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
2.96 fps ∼3% -93%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
190.85 fps ∼100% +12%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
188.7 fps ∼99% +10%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
172.16 fps ∼90% +1%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
170.98 fps ∼90%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
169.4 fps ∼89% -1%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
15.67 fps ∼8% -91%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
28.77 fps ∼100% +150%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
28.72 fps ∼100% +150%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
28.18 fps ∼98% +145%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
16.72 fps ∼58% +46%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
11.49 fps ∼40%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
0.29 fps ∼1% -97%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
157.17 fps ∼100% +201%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
142.71 fps ∼91% +173%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
134.76 fps ∼86% +158%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
72.19 fps ∼46% +38%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
52.2 fps ∼33%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
14.51 fps ∼9% -72%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
225.19 fps ∼100% +188%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
218.38 fps ∼97% +179%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
215.5 fps ∼96% +175%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
120.76 fps ∼54% +54%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
78.29 fps ∼35%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
16.61 fps ∼7% -79%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
297.35 fps ∼100% +64%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
296.87 fps ∼100% +64%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
274.54 fps ∼92% +52%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
271.83 fps ∼91% +50%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
180.8 fps ∼61%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
11.27 fps ∼4% -94%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
166.23 fps ∼100% +95%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
153.92 fps ∼93% +80%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
153.18 fps ∼92% +79%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
116.33 fps ∼70% +36%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
85.41 fps ∼51%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
37.96 fps ∼23% -56%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
472.85 fps ∼100% +2796%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
469.14 fps ∼99% +2773%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
460 fps ∼97% +2717%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
23.03 fps ∼5% +41%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
16.33 fps ∼3%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
6.07 fps ∼1% -63%
Showcase (showcase-02)
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
195.14 fps ∼100% +65%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
194.05 fps ∼99% +64%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
186.83 fps ∼96% +58%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
182.55 fps ∼94% +54%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
118.46 fps ∼61%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
8.34 fps ∼4% -93%
Medical (medical-02)
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
90.29 fps ∼100% +60%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
89.66 fps ∼99% +59%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
88.74 fps ∼98% +57%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
85.04 fps ∼94% +51%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
56.44 fps ∼63%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
2.28 fps ∼3% -96%
Maya (maya-05)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
405.86 fps ∼100% +44%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
402.04 fps ∼99% +43%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
394.88 fps ∼97% +41%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
387.54 fps ∼95% +38%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
281.05 fps ∼69%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
23.03 fps ∼6% -92%
Energy (energy-02)
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
53.34 fps ∼100% +144%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
53.16 fps ∼100% +144%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
52.39 fps ∼98% +140%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
31.93 fps ∼60% +46%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
21.83 fps ∼41%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
0.77 fps ∼1% -96%
Creo (creo-02)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
336.25 fps ∼100% +83%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
331.71 fps ∼99% +80%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
328.76 fps ∼98% +79%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
286.1 fps ∼85% +56%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
183.83 fps ∼55%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
18.83 fps ∼6% -90%
Catia (catia-05)
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
362.07 fps ∼100% +219%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
355.16 fps ∼98% +212%
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
341.71 fps ∼94% +201%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
177.3 fps ∼49% +56%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
113.66 fps ∼31%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
23.36 fps ∼6% -79%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
Intel Core i5-10600K, Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
294.4 fps ∼100% +65%
Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX
292.49 fps ∼99% +64%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX
274.52 fps ∼93% +54%
Corsair One i160, Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
265.89 fps ∼90% +49%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
178.58 fps ∼61%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC, Intel Core i9-9980HK
Intel UHD Graphics 630
14.98 fps ∼5% -92%

3D and Gaming Performance

3D performance depends on what GPU the system is equipped with. Given that the NUC comes without a dedicated GPU by default we repeated all benchmarks on the Core i9-9980HK's integrated GPU. Our review unit performed much better than the average Intel UHD Graphics 630. Nevertheless, it remained too slow for demanding games. Those in turn ran perfectly fine in QHD using the Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Mini. Keep in mind that more powerful GPUs might be too much for the NUC’s 500 W power supply.

Borderlands 3
1920x1080 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (70.9 - 74.4, n=2)
72.7 fps ∼100% +3%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
70.9 fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (61 - 64.5, n=3)
62.9 fps ∼87% -11%
1280x720 Very Low Overall Quality (DX11)
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
152 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (138 - 152, n=2)
145 fps ∼95% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (94 - 125, n=2)
110 fps ∼72% -28%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
 
17.8 fps ∼12% -88%
Metro Exodus
1920x1080 Ultra Quality AF:16x
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
60.9 (min: 33.61, max: 92.62) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (33.4 - 62.8, n=4)
54.4 fps ∼89% -11%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (53.3 - 54.6, n=5)
53.9 fps ∼89% -11%
1280x720 Low Quality AF:4x
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
181 (min: 100.48, max: 268.67) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (82.7 - 181, n=4)
131 fps ∼72% -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (91.1 - 98, n=2)
94.6 fps ∼52% -48%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
 
15.4 fps ∼9% -91%
Far Cry New Dawn
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (79 - 94, n=3)
87.7 fps ∼100% +11%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (82 - 83, n=2)
82.5 fps ∼94% +4%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
79 (min: 61, max: 99) fps ∼90%
1280x720 Low Preset
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
128 (min: 92, max: 190) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (117 - 128, n=3)
122 fps ∼95% -5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
 
17 fps ∼13% -87%
Forza Horizon 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (106 - 118, n=4)
111 fps ∼100% +5%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
106 fps ∼95%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
94 fps ∼85% -11%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
198 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (169 - 198, n=4)
183 fps ∼92% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
137 fps ∼69% -31%
Far Cry 5
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (103 - 109, n=2)
106 fps ∼100% +23%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (86 - 105, n=4)
99.8 fps ∼94% +16%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
86 (min: 68, max: 111) fps ∼81%
1280x720 Low Preset AA:T
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
147 (min: 119, max: 193) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
147 fps ∼100% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (126 - 147, n=4)
133 fps ∼90% -10%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
 
14 fps ∼10% -90%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
92.7 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
 
92.7 fps ∼100% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (71.9 - 92.5, n=7)
80.2 fps ∼87% -13%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (11 - 18.3, n=7)
14.7 fps ∼16% -84%
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
127 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
 
127 fps ∼100% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (96.1 - 128, n=7)
108 fps ∼85% -15%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (12.7 - 31.3, n=7)
23.7 fps ∼19% -81%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 High Quality
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
90.6 (min: 56, max: 138) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (60.8 - 90.6, n=5)
81.9 fps ∼90% -10%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (77 - 78.1, n=2)
77.6 fps ∼86% -14%
1280x720 Lite Quality
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
193 (min: 94, max: 237) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
 
158 fps ∼82% -18%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (107 - 193, n=5)
154 fps ∼80% -20%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
 
9.5 fps ∼5% -95%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
130.3 (min: 114.9) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
 
130 fps ∼100% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (98.4 - 124, n=8)
116 fps ∼89% -11%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (6.8 - 21, n=8)
17.5 fps ∼13% -87%
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
 
156 fps ∼100% 0%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
155.6 (min: 135.2) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (130 - 153, n=8)
144 fps ∼92% -7%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (70.4 - 89, n=8)
77.7 fps ∼50% -50%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
83.1 (min: 72, max: 93) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (40.9 - 95, n=5)
79.2 fps ∼95% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (64 - 82.1, n=20)
74.1 fps ∼89% -11%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (194 - 357, n=11)
289 fps ∼100% +1%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
286 (min: 243, max: 334) fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (151 - 315, n=5)
271 fps ∼94% -5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (15.2 - 17.3, n=2)
16.3 fps ∼6% -94%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (7445 - 9656, n=6)
8952 Points ∼100% +4%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
8631 Points ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (7006 - 8028, n=17)
7641 Points ∼85% -11%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
459 Points ∼5% -95%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (367 - 459, n=7)
410 Points ∼5% -95%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (9979 - 11423, n=5)
10987 Points ∼100% +10%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
9979 Points ∼91%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (9042 - 9335, n=3)
9179 Points ∼84% -8%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
657 Points ∼6% -93%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (600 - 657, n=2)
629 Points ∼6% -94%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (16770 - 24242, n=6)
21999 Points ∼100% +6%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
20775 Points ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (18169 - 21138, n=18)
20074 Points ∼91% -3%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
1472 Points ∼7% -93%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (722 - 1472, n=8)
1210 Points ∼6% -94%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (22174 - 32373, n=7)
29866 Points ∼100% +4%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
28828 Points ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (23335 - 27265, n=20)
25699 Points ∼86% -11%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
2025 Points ∼7% -93%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (642 - 2025, n=8)
1683 Points ∼6% -94%
1280x720 Performance
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
24131 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
  (15341 - 27206, n=7)
23703 Points ∼98% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (17817 - 23447, n=20)
20602 Points ∼85% -15%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
2259 Points ∼9% -91%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 630
  (790 - 2326, n=8)
1923 Points ∼8% -92%
low med. high ultraQHD4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 286 216 142 83.1 55.9 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 155.6 141.8 137.6 130.3 116.1 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 193 122 90.6 37.1 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 127 115 92.7 82.2 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 147 106 82 86 71 46 fps
Forza Horizon 4 (2018) 198 141 132 106 88 61 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 128 92 87 79 63 49 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 181 104 77 60.9 48.4 30.5 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 152 126 91.7 70.9 49.8 26.7 fps

NUC 9 Extreme Power Consumption and Heat Emissions

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit stress test
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit stress test
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit stress test
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit stress test
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit stress test
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit stress test

Intel heavily relies on the stack effect to keep temperatures in check. This means that cold air is sucked in on the sides and travels upwards through the case and out. This all works remarkably well as long as there is no GPU blocking airflow. During our stress test we were able to determine that performance does not suffer from the reduced cooling effects, however noise emissions were significantly increased with a GPU installed. In Prime95 they increased from 38.8 dB(A) to 39.8 dB(A). Why Intel did not simply move the fan over to the other side remains a mystery to us. The mesh covers would have ensured proper ventilation. Running the GPU stress test (FurMark) resulted in 48.5 dB(A), which was at least partly due to the RTX 2070’s fans. The GPU reached a temperature of around 70 °C (158 °F), and both its fans were spinning at around 58% of their maximum speed. We also noticed very clearly audible electrical noise that did not sound like typical coil whine GPUs are known for but mostly made itself noticeable when we accessed the storage devices and occasionally in between.

Power consumption was pretty low overall. When idle, the device consumed as little as 20 W. The highest power consumption recorded without dedicated GPU occurred during our Cinebench R15 multi-thread loop at 127 W. Installing the GeForce RTX 2070 increased idle power consumption to 33 W, and up to 251 W during our FurMark stress test. An acceptable power consumption considering that an NUC equipped as such is basically a full-fledged gaming PC. The maximum that the 500 W power supply had to provide for a short period of time was 270 W. While gaming power consumption was significantly lower and settled at around 237 W on average.

Power Consumption
Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i9-10900K (Idle: 52.3 W)
275.7 (min: 254, max: 385) Watt * ∼100% -152%
Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i5-10600K (Idle: 52.2 W)
204.4 (min: 191, max: 261) Watt * ∼74% -87%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX, R9 3950X (Idle: 95 W)
198.8 (min: 185, max: 240) Watt * ∼72% -82%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G (Idle: 33.1 W)
109.45 (min: 107, max: 151) Watt * ∼40%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G (Idle: 20.45 W)
97.16 (min: 96, max: 99) Watt * ∼35% +11%
Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i9-10900K (Idle: 52.3 W)
268.5 (min: 265, max: 270) Watt * ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX, R9 3950X (Idle: 95 W)
219.5 (min: 218, max: 225) Watt * ∼82%
Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i5-10600K (Idle: 52.2 W)
172.5 (min: 170, max: 176) Watt * ∼64%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G (Idle: 20.45 W)
127.12 (min: 117, max: 128) Watt * ∼47%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX, R9 3950X (Idle: 95 W)
423.6 (min: 400, max: 442) Watt * ∼100% -79%
Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i9-10900K (Idle: 52.3 W)
396.2 (min: 380, max: 475) Watt * ∼94% -67%
Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i5-10600K (Idle: 52.2 W)
386.9 (min: 380, max: 404) Watt * ∼91% -63%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070)
GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G (Idle: 33.1 W)
237.05 (min: 227, max: 263) Watt * ∼56%
Temperatures - CPU Temperature Prime95
Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i9-10900K
88 °C ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
NVIDIA Titan RTX, R9 3950X
83.8 °C ∼95%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC
UHD Graphics 630, i9-9980HK, Kingston KC2500 1 TB SKC2500M81000G
77 °C ∼88%
Intel Core i5-10600K
NVIDIA Titan RTX, i5-10600K
70 °C ∼80%

* ... smaller is better

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit without RTX 2070

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption idle
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption Prime95
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption FurMark
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption Prime95 and FurMark
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption Cinebench-R15-Multi
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - stress test Prime95 solo
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - stress test FurMark solo
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - stress test Prime95 and FurMark
 
 

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit with RTX 2070

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption idle
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption Prime95
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption FurMark
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption Prime95 and FurMark
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - power consumption The Witcher 3 (Ultra)
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - stress test Prime95 solo
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - stress test FurMark solo
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit - stress test Prime95 and FurMark
 
 

Pros

+ very small
+ well built
+ 8-core Core i9
+ high system performance
+ plentiful connectivity
+ Thunderbolt 3
+ Wi-Fi 6
+ three M.2 slots
+ 500 W power supply

Cons

- high price
- not ready to use OOB
- suboptimal cooler
- limited card compatibility
- very audible under load

Verdict – Tiny Powerhouse at a High Price

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit. Review unit provided by Intel Germany
Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit. Review unit provided by Intel Germany

Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme kit is a small yet very powerful system. At its current price of $1,700 it is anything but a great deal, and you need to keep in mind that you will need to provide RAM, storage, and if desired a dedicated GPU separately. In return, you get a very well equipped and modern device. Equipped with a high-performance GPU the miniature PC turns into a full-fledged gaming PC capable of running even the latest and greatest games smoothly.

If you do not need the 8-core performance of Intel’s Core i9-9980HK you can also purchase SKUs with slower i7-9750H or i5-9300H processors. Both can frequently be found in gaming laptops and proven themselves with a very solid and adequate performance in the past. Nevertheless, the Core i9-9980HK remains the ultimate kingpin for this NUC.

Despite its great performance the tiny powerhouse will have a hard time getting into gamer’s shopping carts due to its high price.

There are a few shortcomings with Intel’s Ghost Canyon NUC as well, particularly regarding noise emissions with an installed dedicated graphics card. Due to its compact build the fan is almost completely covered in this case, and the air blown onto the SoC’s heat pipe is warm due to the fan’s proximity to the graphics card. Which in turn increases noise emissions dramatically. A slightly different design with the fan on the outer side of the case would have most likely been a better alternative.

All things considered Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme is the smallest PC under 1.3 gallons that can take a GeForce RTX 2070. It features high-quality components and a great build quality. Corsair took a very similar approach with its similarly priced (comparable to a fully equipped Intel Ghost Canyon NUC 9 Extreme) One series that we have already had in review (see One i160). Zotac’s MEK Mini is yet another miniature PC that can be equipped with an RTX 2070.

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Sebastian Bade, 2020-06-11 (Update: 2020-06-13)
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