Gigabyte launches Brix ultra-compact PC kits
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Gigabyte is officially launching their new line of Brix ultra-compact PCs this week. The Taiwanese company seems intent on offering a space saving option comparable to an all-in-one without the need to replace an existing screen.
The Brix is extremely small when compared to many of today's compact, or mini-PC options. It measures just 29.9 x 107.6 x 114.4 mm (1.18" x 4.24" x 4.5") beating out Intel's NUC by a fair margin at 40.64 x 111.76 x 116.84 mm (1.6″x 4.4″ x 4.6″). Gigabyte's version also comes with a bracket so the unit can be mounted on the back of a monitor or an HDTV.
The mini-PC's internals are also quite impressive given its size. Intel Core i3-3227U, i5-3337U, and i7-3537U versions are available, with a lower cost Intel Celeron 1037U configuration expected to follow. Other features include Intel integrated graphics, a 802.11n Wi-Fi Mini PCIe module, 2 RAM slots for a maximum of 16 GB RAM, an mSATA expansion slot, Gigabit LAN, a USB 3.0 slot, an HDMI slot, a mini DisplayPort, and a Kensington lock slot.
The Brix is what Gigabyte calls a 'Barebone mini-PC', so buyers will have to supply their own RAM, internal memory, and OS. Availability outside of Taiwan, and prices for the mini-PCs have not yet been confirmed.