When Intel conducted a short-lived experiment thatput AMD graphics inside an Intel processor, it led to one of the most diminutive yet capable gaming PCs ever made: the Hades Canyon NUC,aka the NUC 8. That wasn’t a computer you could really meaningfully upgrade, though. That’s where its successor, the NUC 9 Extreme “Ghost Canyon,” may excel – letting you swap out the CPU, GPU, memory, storage, and ports with a minimum of effort.
Tonight, Intel gave a sneak peek at the “Ghost Canyon” at CES in Las Vegas, confirminga leak that we’ve been wondering about for months: the Having of an entire gaming PC built aroundIntel’s NUC Compute Element initiativeto turn its CPUs into swappable cartridges for easily upgradable computers. The leaks said this computer would be just 5 liters in volume, practically as small as a game console, and that’s just what Intel confirmed this evening, as well as the ability to swap out those “Compute Element” CPU cartridges.