I love heatsinks. It’s one of those things that makes the physics of an object very obvious, instead of buried under layers of indirection. Gigabyte’s latest Brix GB-EKi3A-7100 barebones PC, spotted by Liliputing, is basically a heatsink with a computer inside it. The fanless system runs a Kaby Lake Core i3-7100U laptop chip, and has support for up to 32GB of RAM and M.2 SSD storage. There’s a nice amount of connectivity as well, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, and USB-C.
The system is really designed for enterprise and industrial applications — there’s even an RS-232 serial port for hooking up with microcontrollers. But it would also make a great home theater PC, thanks to the fanless design.
There’s no word yet on the price, and you’ll have to bring your own storage and RAM to make this operational.
An interesting read via The Verge – All Posts