The Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is a great computer for how small it is, but Gigabyte thinks they have something better. Gigabyte this week unveiled the Gigabyte Brix Mini PC that is about the same size and has a ton of processor options. The Gigabyte Brix measures 115 x 108 x 30 mm and will be available with the Intel Celeron 1007U, Core i3-3227U, Core i5-3337U, or the Core i7-3537U processor. The fastest processor that the Intel NUC features is the Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz w/ 3MB cache), so the Intel Core i7-3537U (1.9GHz w/ 4MB cache) is certainly a step up in the performance department. You also have a mSATA slit for an SSD and two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots for up to 16GB of DDR3 DRAM. This will run circles around a Raspberry Pi system and well be well ahead of the current Intel NUC.
Other specifications of the new Gigabyte Brix include a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port on the front and back, 1 x HDMI, 1 x mini DisplayPort, and 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port. No word on pricing just yet, but we find it interesting that Gigabyte is coming out with this model now. Intel will be launching 4th generation Core i ‘Haswell’ processors in June, so by the time these come out in the weeks ahead they will already be using old technology. That said, we bet Gigabyte will also have models with the upcoming processors at launch. No word on pricing, but we are told that it weighs just 404 grams.