It’s teeny-tiny, whisper quiet, energy efficient and will offer dual display support at a price that can’t exceed $150.
Gigabyte has another Brix family member up its sleeve (literally, it could probably fit up a sleeve), and it’s the first of its kind to pack a low-power, frugal Intel Braswell SoC. Built on 14 nm architecture, the Celeron N3000 is part of Bay Trail’s succeeding chip roster, delivering superior speed, although not quite comparable to Haswell or Broadwell performance.
What Braswell facilitates is a passively cooled barebones system (look, ma, no fans) measuring just 56.1 x 107.6 x 114.4 mm, capable of accommodating a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD and turning any rudimentary monitor into a low-profile desktop PC.
It’s even Vesa mountable, so it’s very easy to stash behind a display, which you can hook up via VGA or HDMI ports. Convenience is clearly the name of the game here, but for the right price, the GB-Bace-300 embraces top-tier hardware like up to 8 GB RAM.
Too bad there’s no processor upgrading option, although Amazon sells Intel Core i7/Nvidia GeForce GTX 760-toting Brix configurations of previous generations at an extravagant $830 or so.
Meanwhile, Gigabyte is all hush-hush about the new mini PC’s MSRP, but given the older Celeron model costs $110 nowadays, we expect a similar tariff charged starting in a few weeks. Days, maybe.
Other respectable but short of impressive specifications upholding the sub-$150 hopes include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, headphone and mic jacks, plus no less than four USB 3.0 hubs and a microSD card slot.
Cash-strapped students, this might be a perfect starting point for your back-to-school rigs next month. Just know Far Cry 4 may not work very smoothly on a desktop based on the Gigabyte Brix GB-Bace-3000.