Gigabyte BRIX line of mini-desktops are full-fledged computers with Intel or AMD processors in a case that’s not much larger than a DVD drive (although there’s not actually room in the case for an optical disc drive).
This fall the company is updating the BRIX lineup with new models sporting Intel Haswell processors which should offer better performance and lower power consumption than earlier BRIX devices.
Newegg is now selling barebones models for $300 and up.
These are considered barebones devices because they ship without any memory, storage, or operating system. You’ll have to supply your own.
But what you do get is an Intel processor and graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth and Ethernet, a tiny case and a small motherboard with a range of USB and audio/video ports.
For $300 you can pick up a model with an Intel Core i3-4010 processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics. There are also pricier models with Intel Core i5-4200 and Intel Core i7-4500 chips and Intel HD 4400 graphics.
Each model supports up to 16GB of RAM, and the computer cases measure just 4.5″ x 4.24″ x 1.18″.
Gigabyte also has a cheaper model featuring an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, but it’s not yet available for purchase in the US.