MSI's Cubi N mini-PC is rigged for silent running


— 4:37 PM on October 27, 2015

MSI has pulled the wraps off its neat-looking Cubi N mini-PC, a tiny box with a Braswell SoC and no fans. Intel's Celeron N3150 does the heavy lifting with four cores running at 1.6 GHz base and 2.08 GHz turbo clocks.

The Cubi N comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM standard, which users can upgrade to 8GB. Storage spots include room for an mSATA SSD, as well as a 2.5" SSD or mechanical hard drive. Four USB 3.1 ports provide peripheral connectivity at speeds up to 5Gbps. One of the front-panel USB 3.1 ports can deliver extra juice for device-charging purposes, too.

For networking needs, MSI offers an Intel 3165 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Bluetooth 4.0 support is available as an option. MSI's choice of display outputs is a bit puzzling—we get one HDMI and one VGA output, but no DisplayPorts.

The tiny box has a volume of only 0.45 liters and measures 4.6" x 4.4" x 1.8" (116 x 112 x 45mm). MSI throws in a Windows 10 Home license, too.

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