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Can NUC motherboards be upgraded?

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I have a NUC i7 8559U. Can the current generation of motherboard be swapped into the little chassis as a system upgrade? No doubt there could be power, cooling and other issues. Still, is it possible or really a bad idea?

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n_scott_pearson
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No, you cannot upgrade only the board. This is due to the fact that, from one generation to another, the board's connectors do not line up with the chassis. You would not want this to happen regardless as there could be differences in necessary airflow patterns, etc. from one generation's chassis to another.

Is there some reason why you would want to put an 11th gen board into your 8th gen chassis?

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n_scott_pearson
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No, you cannot upgrade only the board. This is due to the fact that, from one generation to another, the board's connectors do not line up with the chassis. You would not want this to happen regardless as there could be differences in necessary airflow patterns, etc. from one generation's chassis to another.

Is there some reason why you would want to put an 11th gen board into your 8th gen chassis?

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No. Really just curiosity. I am no great hand with computers. I added RAM and an SSD to the little box, which was a good way to spend part of an afternoon, a couple of years ago. On days when I'm avoiding work, questions such as this one arise. Had it been possible, I might have actually purchased a board and figured out how to use it. That's an even better work avoidance technique than asking questions. Maybe I should buy a kit and put a custom one together, which sounds like fun. One problem with that theory is that the NUC seems to be easy to work with. I think someone could make a living sending out boxes of computer parts, your computer of the month club, and you get to put together the pieces. Yes, I know, that would become too easy rather quickly, but as I saw, easier to speculate on this than to return to writing.

 

Thanks again!

 

Thank you for your response to the question. 

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