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Taiwan’s Gigabyte is to take on Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC), the chip company’s ultra-compact Core i3-based desktop computer. Last week, it demo’d Brix, a box with a slightly bigger footprint than the NUC but around only half as tall. Gigabyte promises four Brix systems with, respectively, Celeron, Core i3, i5 and i7 …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    How much !

    They are damn expensive those NUC units, I'm looking forwards to Tegra 4 (folled by Tegra 5) for little box use.

    1. firefly

      Re: How much !

      The NUC pricing is even more ridiculous than the Ultrabook platform. Goes to prove that Intel are addicted to ludicrously high margins on everything they sell, and that will probably be their undoing.

      1. vmistery

        Re: How much !

        Ultrabook prices are coming down but until AMD get something worthwhile working at that TDP level with similar performance Intel can charge whatever they want and I am guessing the same applies here.

        1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

          AMD do not need to compete with Intel

          The need something to compete against the ARMs:

          https://www.miniand.com/products/Hackberry A10 Developer Board

          http://www.marsboard.com/

          http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_2011/products/prdt_info.php

          http://cubieboard.org/

          http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/435742530/udoo-android-linux-arduino-in-a-tiny-single-board

    2. spencer

      Re: How much !

      ... How much are we talking about? I can't see a price.

      1. firefly

        Re: How much !

        The articles I have read on NUC so far suggest around £220+VAT. On top of that you will need to shell out for RAM, storage and a wi-fi adapter.

  2. Longrod_von_Hugendong
    Devil

    M$, Blackberry and Intel

    M$ Killed by Apple,

    Blackberry Killed by Apple,

    Intel - oddly killed by ARM

    Way overpriced, and people dont need that much power - lets move over to low power, low heat and low power systems. Noisy computers are so 2004.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: M$, Blackberry and Intel

      "Way overpriced, and people dont need that much power - lets move over to low power, low heat and low power systems. Noisy computers are so 2004."

      It appears your computing knowledge was last updated in 2004 as well:

      Look up Nano ITX (2005) or Pico (2007)

      1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: M$, Blackberry and Intel

        Yeah Pico ITX was very neat, the problem I always has was finding a use for it as it mainly back then they ran VIA chips which ddin't have much horsepower :(

    2. Peshman
      FAIL

      Re: M$, Blackberry and Intel

      MS killed by Apple?

      Are you high?

  3. It'sa Mea... Mario
    Happy

    Another comparable option...

    Fit PC (http://www.fit-pc.com/web/) have been in the tiny PC game for a few years now. I purchased one of the early models years ago but looks like they have come a long way since..

    If you are considering the NUC or Brix then you should also look at the Fit PC options.

  4. DrXym Silver badge

    Me want

    But the price has to be right. The way I see it is these things are essentially laptops without the expense of a keyboard, screen, DVD drive or battery to worry about. Their price should reflect that.

  5. ElNumbre
    Joke

    Gigabyte's Business Proposition

    Gigabyte: Such a good idea, all we'll be doing is shitting Brix.

    1. Piro

      Re: Gigabyte's Business Proposition

      I prefer "Intel's NUC causes Gigabyte to shit Brix". Should have been the headline.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How to build a Brix...

    I hope the method of manufacture for these devices uses streamlined hardware (assembly|introduction) techniques (delete as applicable for past/present tense).

  7. P. Lee

    Missing market

    Is it just me, or does anyone else thing they should have external pcie /thunderbolt port to support additional chasses? The ability to add another box for disks or an x16 graphics card would improve its attractiveness, as would another GigE port.

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