Intel's NUC and its derivatives may not replace gaming PCs, but for most people, these tiny boxes provide more than enough power for daily computing. Now, MSI is getting on the NUC-alike bandwagon. Its new Cubi mini-PC isn't much larger than the average sandwich, at 4.5" x 4.4" x 1.4", and it features a range of Intel's latest Broadwell CPUs.
With HDMI output and support for 4K resolutions at 60Hz over Mini DisplayPort, the Cubi might make an attractive home-theater PC. It can also accommodate a 2.5" drive in addition to mSATA storage. This mini-PC isn't just for fun and games, though. MSI says the Cubi supports Intel's vPro remote management solution, which could make it appealing for corporate computing. (We've asked MSI whether vPro support is common to all Cubi configurations, since none of the CPUs on option sheet claim support for the feature).
Speaking of CPUs, the Cubi can be had with a selection of Intel's Broadwell-U processors. The top-of-the-line option is the Core i5-5200U, and other choices include the Core i3-5005U, Pentium 3805U, and Celeron 3205U.
MSI's press release doesn't include pricing information, but Broadwell NUCs range from $300-400 on Newegg, so it seems reasonable to expect something similar. The Cubi will be available globally by the end of the month, so we'll know for sure soon.
Hat tip to TechPowerUp for the press release.