Despite Computex not officially starting yet, I am spending most of today in the Gigabyte suite.  Before my booth tour I took a quick look around and a couple of little devices caught my eye: Kabini (and Haswell) in a BRIX.  So BRIX is Gigabyte's take on the Intel NUC, and the first designs of BRIX could be found on the web a while ago - the first models with the BRIX design should be on sale shortly, with these Kabini and Haswell models to follow.

The Kabini model was placed with a list of compatible APUs: A4-5000, E3-3000, E1-2500 and E1-2100.  Similarly the Haswell model is placed next to a sign stating compatibility up to an i7-4500U.  

Connectivity includes a pair of USB 2.0 (not shown above), headphone output, two USB 3.0, ethernet, dual display (HDMI/mDP) and a Kensington lock.

Clearly the ideal chip in this form factor would be a GT3e/Crystallwell part.  I am having a full guided tour of the booth later today and will ask questions such as storage, price/release date, and hopefully some internal shots!

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  • HisDivineOrder - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    "Clearly the ideal chip in this form factor would be a GT3e/Crystallwell part."

    The understatement of the year.
  • HisDivineOrder - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    Now nVidia needs to take Maxwell with its built-in ARM CPU and make its own version of these with another box with a Thunderbolt connection.

    Then you should be able to connect one to the other and make a system of two boxes with an Intel CPU that defers to the nVidia GPU to do graphics work. Attach a second GPU box, a USB3 hub, and a usb sound card.

    Just be sure you have enough power sockets.
  • knirfie - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    Seems to me like these things would make a really nice HTPC. Would love to see a Kabini vs Haswell i3 comparison for HTPC purposes.

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