Intel® NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element - NUC9i5QNB
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Intel® NUC Compute Elements
Products formerly Ghost Canyon
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 11, 64-bit*, Windows 10, 64-bit*
Board Form Factor
Internal Drive Form Factor
# of Internal Drives Supported
Mobile Intel® CM246 Chipset
Intel® Core™ i5-9300H Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.10 GHz)
Processor Base Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
# of USB Ports
Rear: 4x USB 3.2g2, 2x TB3 (USB 3.2g2); Internal Headers: 2x USB 3.2g2 via Type-C Key B, 2x USB 2.0
3.2 Gen2, 2.0
USB 2.0 Configuration (External + Internal)
Total # of SATA Ports
Max # of SATA 6.0 Gb/s Ports
2x M.2 SATA/PCIe SSD, SATA header (RAID-0 RAID-1)
Audio (back channel + front channel)
7.1 digital; L+R+mic (F); L+R+TOSLINK (R)
Intel® Ethernet Connection i219-LM and i210-AT
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200
S/PDIF Out Connector
CEC, 2x USB2.0, FRONT_PANEL
# of Thunderbolt™ Ports
2x Thunderbolt™ 3
203 x 131 x 38mm
Security & Reliability
Ordering and Compliance
Drivers and Software
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BIOS Update [QXCFL579]
This download record contains options for updating the Intel® Aptio* V UEFI Firmware BIOS core for Intel® NUC9i5QN, NUC9i7QN, NUC9i9QN.View download options.
Intel® Graphics DCH Driver for Windows®10 and Windows 11* for 6th through 10th Generation Intel® NUC Products (except NUC6i7KYK) and most Intel® Element Intel® NUC Products
This download installs the Intel® Graphics DCH Drivers for Windows® 10 and Windows 11* for 6th (except NUC6i7KYK) through 10th Generation Intel® NUC Products (except NUC6i7KYK) and most Intel® Element Intel® NUC Products.View download options.
Intel® Aptio* V UEFI Firmware Integrator Tools
Provides Intel® Aptio* V UEFI Firmware Integrator Tools for Intel® NUC products.View download options.
Realtek* High Definition Audio Driver for Windows® 10 & Windows 11* for Windows® 10 64-bit for NUC9VXQNX, NUC9V7QNX, NUC9i9QNX, NUC9i7QNX, NUC9i5QNX
Installs the Realtek* High Definition Audio Driver for the 3.5mm audio jack for Windows® 10 & Windows 11* for the Intel® NUC9VXQNX, NUC9V7QNX, NUC9i9QNX, NUC9i7QNX, NUC9i5QNX.View download options.
Thunderbolt™ 3 and 4 DCH Driver for Windows® 10 & Windows* 11 for Intel® NUC
Installs the DCH-compliant Thunderbolt™ bus driver for the Intel® NUC products using Windows® 10 & Windows 11*.View download options.
Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Driver for Windows® 10 64-Bit and Windows® 11 for Intel® NUC
Installs the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software for Bluetooth® technology driver for Intel® NUC using Windows® 10 & Windows 11*.View download options.
Intel® Wireless Technology-Based Driver for Windows® 10 & Windows* 11 for Intel® NUC Products
This download record installs the wireless driver for the Intel® Wireless Adapter in the Intel® NUC Kit for Windows® 10 & Windows 11*.View download options.
The date the product was first introduced.
Cores is a hardware term that describes the number of independent central processing units in a single computing component (die or chip).
Where applicable, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology is only available on Performance-cores.
Processor Base Frequency
Processor Base Frequency describes the rate at which the processor's transistors open and close. The processor base frequency is the operating point where TDP is defined. Frequency is typically measured in gigahertz (GHz), or billion cycles per second.
Lithography refers to the semiconductor technology used to manufacture an integrated circuit, and is reported in nanometer (nm), indicative of the size of features built on the semiconductor.
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency is the maximum single-core frequency at which the processor is capable of operating using Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and, if present, Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost. Frequency is typically measured in gigahertz (GHz), or billion cycles per second.
Warranty document for this product is available on https://supporttickets.intel.com/warrantyinfo.
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available indicates products that offer extended purchase availability for intelligent systems and embedded solutions. Product certification and use condition applications can be found in the Production Release Qualification (PRQ) report. See your Intel representative for details.
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
Max memory size refers to the maximum memory capacity supported by the processor.
Intel® processors come in four different types: Single Channel, Dual Channel, Triple Channel, and Flex Mode. Maximum supported memory speed may be lower when populating multiple DIMMs per channel on products that support multiple memory channels.
Max # of Memory Channels
The number of memory channels refers to the bandwidth operation for real world application.
Max Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory bandwidth is the maximum rate at which data can be read from or stored into a semiconductor memory by the processor (in GB/s).
Max # of DIMMs
DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Module) is a series of DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory) IC's mounted on a small printed circuit board.
ECC Memory Supported ‡
ECC Memory Supported indicates processor support for Error-Correcting Code memory. ECC memory is a type of system memory that can detect and correct common kinds of internal data corruption. Note that ECC memory support requires both processor and chipset support.
Integrated Graphics ‡
Integrated graphics allow for incredible visual quality, faster graphic performance and flexible display options without the need for a separate graphics card.
Graphics Output defines the interfaces available to communicate with display devices.
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision is the supported version of the PCI Express standard. Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (or PCIe) is a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard for attaching hardware devices to a computer. The different PCI Express versions support different data rates.
PCI Express Configurations ‡
PCI Express (PCIe) Configurations describe the available PCIe lane configurations that can be used to link to PCIe devices.
M.2 Card Slot (storage)
M.2 Card Slot (storage) indicates presence of an M.2 slot that's keyed for storage expansion cards
USB (Universal Serial Bus) is an industry standard connection technology for attaching peripheral devices to a computer.
Total # of SATA Ports
SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) is a high speed standard for connecting storage devices such as hard disk drives and optical drives to a motherboard.
RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a storage technology that combines multiple disk drive components into a single logical unit, and distributes data across the array defined by RAID levels, indicative of the level of redundancy and performance required.
Integrated LAN indicates the presence of an integrated Intel Ethernet MAC or presence of the LAN ports built into the system board.
Additional Headers indicates presence of additional interfaces such as NFC, auxiliary power, and others.
# of Thunderbolt™ Ports
Thunderbolt™ is a very high-speed, daisy-chainable interface that allows connection of multiple peripherals and displays to a computer. Thunderbolt™ 3 (40Gbps) uses a USB Type-C™ connector which combines PCI Express (PCIe Gen3), DisplayPort (DP 1.2), USB 3.1 Gen2 and provides up to 100W of DC power, all in one cable.
Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported ‡
Intel® Optane™ memory is a revolutionary new class of non-volatile memory that sits in between system memory and storage to accelerate system performance and responsiveness. When combined with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver, it seamlessly manages multiple tiers of storage while presenting one virtual drive to the OS, ensuring that data frequently used resides on the fastest tier of storage. Intel® Optane™ memory requires specific hardware and software configuration. Visit www.intel.com/OptaneMemory for configuration requirements.
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) ‡
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium® processor (VT-i) virtualization adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help end users improve security and reliability of the systems and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environments.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component on the desktop board that is specifically designed to enhance platform security above-and-beyond the capabilities of today's software by providing a protected space for key operations and other security critical tasks. Using both hardware and software, the TPM protects encryption and signature keys at their most vulnerable stages - operations when the keys are being used unencrypted in plain-text form.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology provides protection, performance, and expandability for desktop and mobile platforms. Whether using one or multiple hard drives, users can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption. When using more than one drive the user can have additional protection against data loss in the event of hard drive failure. Successor to Intel® Matrix Storage Technology.
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) ‡
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) allows one hardware platform to function as multiple “virtual” platforms. It offers improved manageability by limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.
Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)
Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) is a platform functionality for credential storage and key management used by Windows 8* and Windows® 10. Intel® PTT supports BitLocker* for hard drive encryption and supports all Microsoft requirements for firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) 2.0.
Intel® AES New Instructions
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) are a set of instructions that enable fast and secure data encryption and decryption. AES-NI are valuable for a wide range of cryptographic applications, for example: applications that perform bulk encryption/decryption, authentication, random number generation, and authenticated encryption.
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‡ This feature may not be available on all computing systems. Please check with the system vendor to determine if your system delivers this feature, or reference the system specifications (motherboard, processor, chipset, power supply, HDD, graphics controller, memory, BIOS, drivers, virtual machine monitor-VMM, platform software, and/or operating system) for feature compatibility. Functionality, performance, and other benefits of this feature may vary depending on system configuration.
Some products can support AES New Instructions with a Processor Configuration update, in particular, i7-2630QM/i7-2635QM, i7-2670QM/i7-2675QM, i5-2430M/i5-2435M, i5-2410M/i5-2415M. Please contact OEM for the BIOS that includes the latest Processor configuration update.
“Announced” SKUs are not yet available. Please refer to the Launch Date for market availability.