There isn’t much to offer on the market regarding small PC’s for gaming, especially anything to mention under Alienware’s x5114 inch gaming desktop. On September the 10th, motherboard conglomerate Gigabyte releases information on their up and coming 4.5 inch gaming cube Gigabyte Brix II computer. This handheld-sized barebones powerhouse will feature new Haswell quad-core processors along with Intel’s new line of higher end integrated professional graphics chip entitled “Iris” that will be made for gaming.
You gamers out their might think “integrated graphics are not for gaming”, and you’d normally be right – but not in this case. Intel’s “Iris”, as of 2013, blows all other integrated chips out of the water. In this case, the Iris GPU is on par with NVidia’s GT 650m discrete video card which is a very capable Kepler card that is able to run most current gen games including Crysis 3 and Battlefield 3 on higher settings @ 1080p with stable frames. This, in combination with a Haswell CPU will make this a mini technical beast for LAN parties or for gamers on the go.
The Gigabyte Brix II mini PC will be available to consumers for around the $499-$599 price range depending upon choice of upgrades. The Brix II will come standard out of the box with x4 USB 3.0 ports, Built in Wifi 802.11 b/g board, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 3.5 mm audio jack (front), x1 HDMI/Displayport outputs, and a Haswell CPU/ Iris GPU. The only real downside to this machine, much like a Raspberry Pi, is that it is a "barebones" kit and is not upgrade-friendly at the moment. Meaning that the user will need to supply their own 2.5 inch HDD, RAM, and Operating system for the time being. Overall, it’s a pretty nice/affordable start for ultra-portable gaming PC’s and a cool little machine for us enthusiasts out there.
For more info on Gigabytes “Brix II” or original “Brix” mini PC's, check out their site at http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=47&ck=104