Some people prefer to have a small PC setup as compared with the bigger and bulkier alternative. Gigabyte is offering you just that with its new selection of ultra-compact PC. The Gigabyte BRIX is a highly customizable mini-PC that you can modify to suit your taste. It is a palm-sized PC that was initially seen in CES 2013 although now it looks better than before.
There are three barebone units that you can choose from. These are the GB-XM12, GB-XM11 and the GB-XM1. All three comes with the same dimensions which is 29.9 x 107.6 x 114.4 mm. This is rather small and should be suitable for a compact HTPC or a desktop that you want to put in your home or the office.
The GB-XM12 should be the cheapest of the three. It comes with an Intel Core i3-3227U processor that runs at a speed of 1.9GHz. The GB-XM11 on the other hand is powered with an Intel Core i5-3337U processor at a speed of 1.8GHz that can be boosted up to 2.7GHz. Last but not least, there is the GB-XM1. This is probably the most expensive option as it has an Intel Core i7-3537U processor with 2.0GHz/3.1GHz speed.
Besides the processor, other components are the same across all three barebone units. For instance, there are 2x SO-DIMM DDR3 slots for a maximum of 16GB worth of RAM at a configuration of 2 x 8GB. Besides that, there is also a Gigabit LAN port, an Intel integrated graphics, a single mSATA slot as well as a mini-PCIe slot which houses the Wi-Fi card.
As for the connections, you have two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI and a Mini DisplayPort. Gigabyte also mentions that it supports up to two displays as well which should be good. Internet connectivity is possible with both LAN and Wireless LAN.
At the moment, Gigabyte is keeping mums about the price but that should change soon enough.