There’s only so much innovation manufacturers can apply to a gaming PC before it looks like a race car engine mated with a serpent in drag. And on the other hand, there are only so many rectangular 6” mini PCs you can see before you’re wishing--just a little bit--for the former. There must be something in between, and that’s what seems to have inspired one of the most tastefully cool mini PCs we’ve seen in a while.
The newest Gigabyte Brix (the model is GZ1DTi7-1070-NK-GW) is not out yet, and we don’t have a firm date for its arrival. Either way, CES is the first time we’ve seen it in person. It looks like a home appliance. It packs a modicum of hardware--an Intel 6th gen (Skylake) 6700K CPU, a GTX 1070 GPU, a 240GB SSD, a 1TB HDD, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and the usual assortment of Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethernet, and various USB ports (the USB 3.1 Type C supports Thunderbolt).
Speaking of which, most of those ports sit under the base of the unit, with enough space to tuck away all the cables, and openings for those cables to peak out and connect to stuff. Very clean. The most fun part: When the unit heats up too much, two flaps on the top automatically pop up to allow more ventilation. Gigabyte calls them Automated Exhaust Vents. They're rather Delorean-like.
Update: 1/9/17, 3:50pm PT: Gigabyte reports that this is called Gigabyte PC. We initially listed it as a Gigabyte Brix device.
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