Gigabyte Throws Small and Sleek "BRIX" Into Mini PC Waters

Paul Lilly

Small form factor (SFF) PCs have been around for a long while, but now we're starting to see ultra compact systems with powerful components emerge into the market place. Enter Gigabyte and its new BRIX desktop, a square-shaped PC that fits in the palm of your hand just like Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) device, it sports a stylish glass surface mounted on an anthracite aluminum frame.

"The BRIX lays down a new standard in terms of compact form factor, connectivity and performance, making it suitable for a broad range of applications in the home, office and commercial spaces," commented Henry Kao , Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. "The BRIX demonstrates how we can leverage our exceptional R&D and manufacturing prowess to create new and exciting PC products that defy convention."

There are four different CPU configurations to choose from. The highest-end option is the GB-XM1-3537 model, which features an Intel Core i7 3537U dual-core processor clocked at 2GHz (3.1GHz Turbo) with 4MB of smart cache and Hyper Threading support.

All models ship with two SO-DIMM DDR3 memory slots with support for up 16GB of RAM (1333/1600MHz), mSATA slot, half-size mini-PCIe slot (occupied by a Wi-Fi card), a single USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort, HDMI output, LAN port, Kensington lock slot, and a VESA bracket in case you want to mount the system behind your monitor.

No word yet on price or availability.

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