Gigabyte Introduces Passively Cooled Brix Mini PC with Core i3 and Support for IoT
Gigabyte has introduced the GB-DKi3A-7100 Brix Mini PC and is the company’s first fanless model in its line-up of Brix Mini PC’s with a normal Intel Core processor. The compact Brix barebone features an energy-efficient Core i3 7100U processor from the Kaby Lake generation.
The enclosure of the GB-DKi3A-7100 is fairly compact with measurements of 180 x 117 x 36 mm and weighs just over 2.2 pounds. The TDP of the Core i3 7100U is only 15 watts and the computer uses the integrated HD Graphics 620. There are two available so-DIMM slots for DDR4 memory up to 32 GB. Although there is room for two .m2 slots, one of those is already being occupied by an included wi-fi AC and Bluetooth card.
The case also has two USB 3.1 ports, one Type-C and another regular USB port. USB 3.0 ports are also available. Remarkable is that Gigabyte has also included a com-port, which is fairly common for use with internet-of-things appliances. This indicates that Gigabyte isn’t only aiming to reach consumers with the GB-DKi3A-7100, but could be used for small business and IoT as well.
Because of the completely fanless design, the enclosure of the Brix is fairly different compared to other barebones in the line-up. The enclosure features an all-black design with two Wi-Fi antennae. The aluminum cooling fins which are being used for passive cooling are also embedded nicely into the design.