In mid-September, we tested the first mini-PC form factor Mini-STX, which has become MSI Cubi 2 Plus, presented at the beginning of the year. Standard Mini-STX occupies a middle position between the Mini-ITX and NUC systems. Now the youngest model of the PC has received the update: MSI Cubi 2 began to be issued with Intel Kaby Lake processors.
Which processor is used in the PC, the manufacturer does not mention, limited information that it belongs to a series of «U». As the motherboard chipset uses H110, allowing you to connect to the fastest SSD M.2 format. In addition, as a drive, you can install a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD with SATA III interface. PC supports up to 32 GB of RAM on a frequency of 2.133 MHz. As usual, strips format should be SODIMM. The graphical solution is based on the CPU integrated video chip.
On the front panel you can find a connector USB 3.1 Type C, as well as the standard Type A jack and two 3.5-mm jack for a headset. Behind settled video outputs HDMI and mini-DisplayPort, two USB 3.1, and Gigabit LAN connector and socket for connecting an external power supply of 65 watts. Of course, not without its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
All of this is located in a housing with dimensions of 115.2 x 112 x 32.6 mm. When you install an additional 2.5 “drive height is increased to 42.7 mm – it is necessary to replace the bottom cover at the bottom of the body, even has a mount VESA, which allows you to arrange your PC directly to the monitor the noise level of the two built-in fans is only 23.7 dB.. (A).
Unfortunately, the manufacturer did not mention the price and time of new items.
Gigabyte has also prepared updated processors Kaby Lake Brix System. Initially, the manufacturer will present three models that differ in CPU performance. Junior version will be equipped with Intel Core i3 7100U, followed by subsequent versions of Intel Core i5 7200, and will complete the list of top model with Intel Core i7 7500U. All three models will be enclosed in the same housing with dimensions of 112,6 x 119,4 x 34,4 mm – that is, about the same as that of MSI Cubi 2. However, it should be noted that in the mini-PC Gigabyte will not be able to install additional 2.5 “drives, and storage capabilities of the system limited to only M.2 SSD otherwise, the model will look like:. this applies to both in-memory and to wired and wireless interfaces.
Just like MSI, Gigabyte did not provide information about the price and availability of their new mini-PC Brix.