Gigabyte Brix crams gaming PC into, well....


— 7:00 PM on September 16, 2013

...yeah, a brick-sized enclosure. Like so:

We saw this beauty at IDF last week. Gigabyte lists this Brix system's total volume at 0.72 liters, believe it or not. The guts of this thing include a quad-core Haswell R-series processor with Intel Iris Pro graphics and 128MB of embedded DRAM serving as an L4 cache. It's not going to be the fastest gaming PC around, but it should be reasonably capable. Its CPU performance should be nearly as good as anything available in a desktop system.

Inside, there's room for a single 2.5" SATA drive and two mini PCIe x1 expansion slots.

Yes, it comes in red and yellow. There's quite a bit of copper inside for cooling, and yes, it's pretty heavy. Kind of like a...  oh, never mind.

Gigabyte expects these systems to become available in early December. They'll offer a choice of three different R-series Haswell processors, including the Core i7-4770R, i5-4670R, and i5-4570R. Pricing has yet to be determined.

And this Brix system is both a full-on PC and a pocket projector, complete with a blinding-bright LED. We got slight vision damage while handling the thing.

We didn't catch the exact specs of this model, but you can see the HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 ports. Gigabyte says it will be available in the first week of October for $699.

Now you can inflict PowerPoint on people virtually anywhere. Let's hope this technology is used wisely.

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