Having a mini PC nowadays is becoming more popular especially when consumers prioritize mobile gadgets over bulky devices. The mini PC market has risen in just a few years adding more sophisticated and advanced hardware parts on present models. Gigabyte is one of those manufacturers that constantly upgrades its rigs to suit consumer needs. With its latest BRIX ultra compact PC in the market, DIYers will have the chance to build their mini PC rig and minimize cost at the same time.
There are currently three configurations to choose from starting from the basic GB-XM12-3227 with 1.9GHz (Ivy Bridge) Core i3 i3-3227U processor, 2 x DDR3 RAM slots with up to 16GB capacity, Gigabit LAN, Intel integrated graphics, dual display support via HDMI and mini DisplayPort, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, 1 mSATA for SSD storage, 1 x mini-PCIe for WiFi module, VESA bracket for wall mounting the mini PC and measures 29.9 x 107.6 x 114.4 mm (fits perfectly on the palm of your hand).
Higher configurations differ on the processor model being used with the GB-XM11-3337 utilizing the Core i5-3337U (1.8GHz / 2.7GHz) while the GB-XM1-3537 has the Ivy Bridge Core i7-3537U (2GHz / 3.1GHz) model. Furthermore, users may customize the amount of memory module (up to 16GB), SSD storage and operating system they wish to install. Other peripheral parts are the same to all configurations.
Each mini-PC barebone is certainly a good choice for people looking for a compact office PC, HTPC or ultra-low power rig to replace bulky desktop computers. No price listed for each Brix mini-PC model at this moment.