Gigabyte’s Brix line of mini-desktops has already shown that a tiny PC can pack some serious punch. But now the company is kicking things up a notch by cramming a full-blown gaming PC into a desktop that’s not much larger than a small stack of CD cases.
The Gigabyte Brix Gaming is a 5″ x 4.5″ x 2.3″ desktop computer with an AMD A8-5557M processor and Radeon R9 M275X graphics. It’s got enough power to handle modern PC games, but it’s small enough to hold in one hand.
The Brix Gaming features HDMI and Mini Displayort, 4 USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Gigabyte will sell this model as a barebones system. While it comes with an AMD processor, you’ll need to supply memory, storage, and operating system yourself. It has room for an mSATA solid state drive ofr a 2.5 inch SSD or hard drive and there are 2 DDR3 SODIMM slots for memory.
Bringing your own memory and storage helps you customize the device the way you see fit — but it also means you’ll have to pay full price for a Windows license if you want to install Microsoft’s operating system. Fortunately these days you don’t necessarily need Windows on a gaming machine. You can grab a preview version of SteamOS for free and run many (but certainly not all) games available for Valve’s Steam gaming platform.
via Tom’s Hardware