Gigabyte has just launched its Brix mini PC kits. Currently comprising four models, three kits feature third generation Intel Core mobile processors; while the fourth variant is powered by an Intel Celeron 1037U chip. The kits will ship without memory, storage or an operating system.
The Brix mini-PC measures just 29.9- x 107.6- x 114.4 mm and the body kit is made up of an anthracite aluminum frame with a mounted glass surface. A Gigabyte compact form factor motherboard and a Wi-Fi module is housed inside. Each kit ships with a VESA mounting bracket and a power adapter.
Each kit will only require SO-DIMM system memory, an mSATA SSD and an operating system. We checked the drivers from Gigabyte and currently, only Windows 7 and 8 (both 32- and 64-bit) operating systems are supported. The Brix kit also features a host of I/O options that include a gigabyte Ethernet port, one HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports (one front, one rear). For video connectivity, there is a HDMI port and mini-DisplayPort at its rear.
Gigabyte has followed in the footsteps of Intel, Sapphire, MSI, and Giada; while Gigabyte has up the ante by packing more power mobile Intel chips for product differentiation. However, we have not received word if the Brix barebone kits will be available locally. For more information, do visit the series' product page here.