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MSI Fanless Kaby Lake Mini PC Revealed

Someone at MSI messed up yesterday it seems, and went live with a video detailing a new fanless line of mini desktop PCs. We don't mind the leak, though, as MSI looks to have used Intel's 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors to create a completely silent desktop machine.

The video was discovered by FanlessTech, it shows two Cubi 3 Silent Series mini PCs (black and silver), which use a 15W Kaby Lake U-series mobile processor and an aluminum heatsink for cooling the chip. No fan is necessary. However, to aid cooling the aluminum case looks to be open at the top.

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Use of a mobile Kaby Lake chip and passive cooling will certainly limit performance, but the Cubi 3 Silent machines are no slouch if they can handle two 4K monitors. There's also ample connectivity with four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual LAN, a headphone jack, and even a COM port.

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Since the video released MSI has followed up by making the product page live. In terms of size, the case measure 6.28-by-2.74-by-4.34-inches and weighs no more than 1.36kg (3lb). That's small and light enough to mount on the back of a monitor, and MSI will include the mounting kit to do just that.

It looks as though the Cubi 3 will ship as a complete system running Windows 10 Home, but I wouldn't be surprised to see barebones models appear, too. MSI is touting easy upgradeability, after all, with space for up to 32GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM as well as a single 2.5-inch HDD/SSD and M.2 PCI-e/SATA SSD.

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