Gigabyte is preparing to launch its first mini-desktop PC with a low-power Intel Bay Trail processor. The company is showing off a new fanless PC that measures just 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 1.9″ called the Gigabyte BRIX Fanless.
Actually, that may be more of a description than a name, but it’s a pretty good description.
The system is powered by an Intel Celeron Bay Trail-M processor that offers a bit more performance than you’d get from an Atom processor, but uses significantly less power than even a 4th-gen Intel Core “Haswell” processor. Lower power consumption means lower heat generation, and that means the passive heat sink built into the case should be enough to keep this little computer from overheating.
Gigabyte is showing off a model with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, VGA, Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 ports, a single RAM slot and a 2.5 inch drive bay. The company typically offers its BRIX computers as barebones systems, which means that if and when this model hits the market you’ll probably have to supply storage, memory, and an operating system yourself. Everything else is built-in.