That makes these little desktops pretty competitive with similar small form-factor PCs such as entry-level Gigabyte BRIX, Intel NUC, or Zotac mini PCs.
MSI is selling the Cubi systems as barebones computers. They come with a processor, wireless chips, and other basic features. But you’ll need to supply your own memory, storage, and operating system.
Here are the configurations available at launch:
- 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 3205U processor with black or white case for $150
- 1.9 GHz Intel Pentium 3805U processor with black or white case for $200
- 2 GHz Intel Core i3-5005U processor with black or white case for $280.
Note that all three of these processors are 15 watt chips based on Intel’s 14nm, 64-bit “Broadwell” architecture. The Celeron and Pentium chips are lower-performance dual-core chips while the Core i3 chip is also a dual-core processor but it supports hyperthreading so it can handle up to 4 simultaneous threads.
Each model features a 2.5″ drive bay and an mSATA port for solid state storage, two SODIMM slots for up to 8GB of RAM, integrated 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort, and four USB 3.0 ports.
The computers measure about 4.5″ x 4.4″ x 1.7″ and each model supports Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.