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PC the Size of a PSU

By Norman Chan

Bring your own memory and storage.

Earlier this year, PC board maker Gigabyte introduced its Brix line of ultra compact PCs--a box that can fit in the palm of your hand with a full Intel dual-core system inside. At this week's IDF, the 11cm wide Brix II system got upgraded to Haswell, and along with it, Intel's Iris Pro graphics. These new models start at $500, and still require that you install your own DDR3 memory and mSATA storage, but the new integrated GPU makes it possible to run some modern games at 1080p. Brix II systems come with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and built-in Wi-Fi. It also comes with a VESA bracket to mount on the back of monitors and big screen TVs.