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Clarification on the NUC9i9QNX, Beast Canyon and M.2 22110.

Valued Contributor I

I have a NUC9i9QNX with a 905P as the OS drive currently.

I see that the Beast Canyon has a bottom port M.2 that supports M.2 22110.

I am correct that this is not part of the NUC11DBBi9 itself and in fact part of the Beast Canyon Enclosure?

I am referencing the gap between the docs for the NUC11DBBi9 element and Beast Canyon unit as a whole:

Intel® NUC 11 Extreme Compute Element - NUC11DBBi9

^no mention of 22110^

Intel Beast Canyon NUC Review: Desktop Tiger Lake Debuts in SFF Gaming Powerhouse (

"Thankfully, the M.2 22110 slot resulting from this bifurcation is now easily accessible from the underside of the chassis"

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Super User Retired Employee

Yes, the M.2 22110 connector is located on the Board Element and is thus considered part of the enclosure. I consequently wouldn't expect it to be mentioned in the Compute Element documents themselves.

I would point out that the same capability is available in the Ghost Canyon/Quartz Canyon chassis. The PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 22110 connector is on the top of the West Cove Board Element that is used in the Ghost Canyon/Quartz Canyon chassis - and thus this connector is not accessible without completely removing the Graphics Card and Compute Element (a major pain). In the Monster Cove Board Element used in the Beast Canyon chassis, however, the PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 22110 connector has been moved to the bottom of the card and is thus accessible without removing Graphics Card or Compute Element.

Have I answered your question?


Valued Contributor I

Yeah, kind of sucks that I can't just upgrade the element and keep my 905P. If I want to do that I need to replace everything.

Super User Retired Employee

Which 905p model do you have? Why do you think it cannot be kept? Or are you referring to the fact that you cannot use the NUC11 Compute Element in your Ghost Canyon chassis?


Valued Contributor I

22110, it cannot be kept because if I want to upgrade the element and keep the NUC9 enclosure I lose the 22110 slot as it is part of the NUC9 element but the NUC11 enclosure.