Although it’s not the first fanless NUC
-ish PC to hit the market, the Gigabyte Brix
) 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.
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.