PiixL EdgeCenter PC: A GTX 680 Powered Media Center

PiixL, a London-based startup company, has launched its new EdgeCenter PC. The EdgeCenter PC comes in an enclosure that buyers will be able to mount behind their televisions through the VESA mount, thus hiding it behind the TV, out of sight. As a result, the enclosure might not be attractive looking directly at it, but to the end-user, it will be invisible. The only disadvantage is that it will only fit on televisions that are larger than 32". The unit can even be mounted between a wall and a TV, as the enclosure includes a bracket that has VESA mounting capabilities on both sides of the machine.

The PiixL EdgeCenter PC's enclosure is only 54 mm thick, but it is still able to dissipate up to 500 W of heat, and that is under quiet cooling conditions. PiixL has packed the units with an 80+ Gold power supply that is designed for 24/7 operation.

The EdgeCenter PC comes in three versions: the Media Edition, Gamer Edition and Max Edition. The Media Edition comes with an AMD A10 5700 APU, HD 7660D graphics, 1 TB of storage and 4 GB of memory.

The Gamer Edition ships with an Intel Core i5 3550 CPU, an AMD Radeon HD 7870 graphics card, 2 TB of storage and 8 GB of memory.

Lastly, the Max Edition is the true beast. It packs an Intel Core i7 3770 CPU with Nvidia's GTX 680 4 GB graphics card, 2 TB of storage, 20 GB of SLC SSD and 16 GB of memory.

All three models have Gbit Ethernet, USB 3.0 ports, Blu-Ray drives, optical TOSLINK and 7.1 audio output, and whatever display outputs come with the particular graphics card included.

The PiixL EdgeCenter PC is already available on the market, but the prices are quite steep. After converting UK pounds to US Dollars, the prices are $1,085.97, $1,683.74, and $2,281.45 for the Media Edition, Gamer Edition, and Max Edition, respectively. We'd like to see a barebones version of the system with a PCIe riser included, but we're afraid that might be a bit too much to hope for.

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Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.