Two Cores, No Fan: Fanless Gigabyte Brix PC Powered By Intel Bay Trail Coming - HotHardware
Two Cores, No Fan: Fanless Gigabyte Brix PC Powered By Intel Bay Trail Coming

Two Cores, No Fan: Fanless Gigabyte Brix PC Powered By Intel Bay Trail Coming

Although it’s not the first fanless NUC-ish PC to hit the market, the Gigabyte Brix (GB-BXBT-2807) is the first to offer a dual-core Bay Trail chip with no fan. The unit has been out for a couple of weeks, but Fanless Tech has confirmed that this Brix PC will indeed be fanless.

That’s a notable feature for a tiny PC that’s designed to integrate into spaces such as your home theater. Even the relatively quiet whir of a SFF PC’s lone fan is enough to drive you a little nuts when watching a film, especially during those intense quiet scenes. The same holds true for other multimedia such as playing music or games.

Gigabyte Brix PC with Intel Bay Trail

The Bay Trail edition of the Brix offers a dual-core Intel Celeron N2807 (2.17GHz), Intel HD Graphics, and support for up to 8GB of RAM and a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD. (As a barebones kit, you’ll have to buy your memory and storage separately.)

There’s also a gigabit LAN port and onboard WiFi and Bluetooth provided by a half-size mini-PCIe card, and ports include HDMI, VGA D-sub, audio out/mic in, Kensington lock, USB 3.0, and two USB 2.0.

The all-silent Brix PC will reportedly cost about $165 USD.
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How does it cool then? It doesn't look like it's built for open-air cooling.

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It won't generate so much heat that it can't be cooled passively, is the idea. The heat should dissipate out the vent (which you can see pictured above) without needing a fan to push it/pull cooler air through the system.

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$165.00 seems like a good price for it.

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