Onyx Intel i9 NUC small form factor mini PC workstation for gaming
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by Patrick Kennedy – Dec. 8, 2023

Today we are going to take a look at the Simply NUC Onyx v9. This new system has an Intel Core i9-13900H inside, giving it a total of 14 cores and 20 threads in a small and portable form factor. Aside from the massive core count for a small system, we are going to take a look at the system and see what feels familiar and what is different in this generation.

Simply NUC Onyx v9 Overview

Simply NUC sent us the system to review and since we have done many of the systems in our STH Mini PC series with videos, we did one here as well:

As always, for the best viewing experience, we suggest opening this review in its own window, tab, or app.

The Onyx v9 system that Simply NUC sent was fully configured. This small system had its 13th Gen Core i9 processor but also had memory and storage.

SimplyNUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Internal Configured
Simply NUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Internal Configured

In the system, we have 16GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. The system was also configured with Windows 11.

We are getting into this a bit later, but the price of the base system is around $999, which is not cheap. On the other hand, Simply NUC built much of its business by taking the base Intel NUCs and configuring them for business customers. After Intel discontinued the NUC lineselling it to ASUS, Simply NUC has had to go the extra step to produce its PCs. The Onyx v9 is the first NUC that we have reviewed since Intel exited the NUC PC business several months ago.

Simply NUC Onyx v9 External Hardware Overview

The front of the system is similar to previous generations from Simply NUC and should look familiar to those who have enjoyed the 4×4 mini PCs for generations. We get normal items like a combo headset jack and power button. We also get a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gbps port.

SimplyNUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Front
Simply NUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Front

On the side of the system, we get a Kensington lock port.

SimplyNUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Side 1
Simply NUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Side 1

On the other side, we get more than just venting. Instead, we get a microSD card slot. We wish this were a full-size SD card slot because it would be significantly more useful. One can adapt a microSD card to a SD card slot using an inexpensive adapter, but the full-sized SD card slot is too large to fit into the microSD card slot.

SimplyNUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Side 2 MicroSD
Simply NUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Side 2 MicroSD

On the rear, we get a few exciting features. We get two more USB Type-A 10Gbps ports along with two HDMI ports. The prominent feature, however, is the two USB4 20Gbps ports on the back of the system.

SimplyNUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Rear
Simply NUC Onyx V9 Intel Core I9 13900H Rear
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