Asus has made an interesting addition to its Eee PC lineup. Dubbed the Eee Box EB1037, this fan-free desktop crams a Bay Trail processor and GeForce discrete graphics into a case slim enough to make Calista Flockhart jealous. Take a look:
The Eee Box EB1037 measures just 8.6" x 6.8" x 1.1" (or 219 x 172.5 x 29 mm). Inside lies a Celeron J1900 processor, whose four cores can run at up to 2.42 GHz in Turbo mode, and a GeForce 820M discrete GPU, which has 512MB of dedicated RAM. Nvidia’s spec sheet for the 820M is a little light on details, but it mentions DDR3 memory and a "GeForce performance score" of 2.5x. (A score of 1x purportedly corresponds to Intel’s HD 4400 graphics.) The guys at Notebookcheck say the 820M is based on the Fermi architecture and couples 96 shader processors with a 64-bit path to memory.
The vanilla Eee Box EB1037 also includes 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, an HDMI display output, a card reader, and four USB ports, two of which are of the SuperSpeed variety. For the system’s storage config, Asus quotes "320GB Up to 1TB" and "64GB Up to 128GB," which presumably refers to mechanical and solid-state storage, respectively.
So, yeah, that’s a lot of PC considering the dimensions. A Bay Trail CPU and a low-end discrete GeForce aren’t exactly console-killer material, of course, but they could be good enough for a casual gaming box—and the HDMI output could make the Eee Box EB1037 a compelling living-room PC. (Thanks to TR reader SH SOTN for the link.)