MSI will soon add a new small form factor PC to its Cubi lineup with the fanless Cubi N. Powered by an Intel “Braswell” SoC, the Cubi N is a silent PC capable of 4K video playback that fits in the palm of your hand.
Unlike the original Cubi bare-bones (which used a Broadwell Celeron), the Cubi N is fanless and uses a heatsink and a stylized wavy mesh case design for passive heat dissipation. The mini PC measures 116mm x 112mm x 44.47mm and is all black with rounded corners. The diagonal cut is gone from this model with the power button being in the front-left top corner instead.
Before diving into the internals, MSI has included two USB 3.0 ports and a combo headphone/mic audio jack on the front panel and HDMI, VGA, RJ45, and an additional two USB 3.0 ports on the back of the Cubi N.
Not bad, but not the most extensive I/O and the VGA output is a bit of an odd choice (though at this point it should be essentially free to add).
Internally, MSI is using an Intel “Braswell” Celeron N3150 SoC with Intel HD Graphics. This SoC (6W TDP) is a four core 1.6 GHz part that can boost up to 2.08 GHz with 2MB L2 cache and HD Graphics with 12 execution units. Users can add up to 8GB of DDR3L memory along with a single mSATA SSD and one 2.5” hard drive (though this makes the PC a bit taller at 55.5mm). The Cubi N comes with an Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi card plugged into an M.2 slot.
The Cubi N will come in black or white and will be generally available as a bare-bones system. According to FanlessTech, pre-configured models will also be available including a version with a 32GB mSATA SSD, 2GB RAM, and Windows 10 Home for $249. MSI is allegedly also working on bare-bones models based around the Braswell Pentium N3700 (2.4 GHz burst) and a cheaper Celeron N3000 processors.
The fanless SFF Cubi N is not yet available for purchase, but it should be coming soon for under $400 all-in (adding storage and memory, more if you want a non-Home version of Windows).
kinda off topic, but meh. i
kinda off topic, but meh. i wonder why we’re not seeing vendors couple these ssf/nuc style machines, with the AiOs, like the asus a few articles down. seems like a logical play. no need make it look pretty. probably wouldn’t cater to the demographic anyways. slap one of these on the back of a random monitor (vesa style), and bam. two units moved in one purchase, where there most likely would have only been one. they could also capitalize on the illusion of ease of repair/upgrade.
oh…just because people can do it themselves, doesn’t mean they necessarily do. i gotta get to work…lots of lawns to get to today.
Well while it looks nice,
Well while it looks nice, from my point of view no go. No DP, not interested. They put VGA in (on a 4K capable system), but not much more popular DVI or DP. WTH?!
VGA is more popular than DVI
VGA is more popular than DVI and DP. By a fair margin. My guess is this is a low cost system and folks who might use this will likely have an old monitor with VGA, or a newer one with HDMI. DP on a monitor isn’t nearly as common.
No DP or HDMI 2.0 w/HDCP 2.2?
No DP or HDMI 2.0 w/HDCP 2.2? This is NOT a good machine for 4K playback.