If all Steam Boxes looked like this, they'd sell like hotcakes.
Photo: Timpelay Facebook
It's a case mod of a Gigabyte BRIX, a barebones mini-PC designed for the living room. But the BRIX has the coolness of an oversized power supply. ISO, Timpelay's name for the case mod, looks like the kind of PC that belongs on a Babylon 5 set or the wing of the SSV Normandy.
For a unit that could comfortably sit on your coffee table or next to your TV, it's surprisingly powerful. Here's the full specs:
- Intel i7 4770R - Intel Iris Pro 5200 - Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD - 250GB - Corsair Vengeance DDR3L 2x8GB 2133MHz - Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB - 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0
The Iris Pro won't break any benchmarking records, but if you only want to play some Jackbox games in your living room or some Mount Your Friends every once in a while, it'll do the job.
Cooling for the unit is taken care of with a 80mm Be Quiet Silent Wings 2 fan, along with a copper heatsink. Five circular aluminium discs make up the "case" for the build, while a transparent shell on the top lets people gawk at the cooling underneath.
It wasn't completely a fan project — Gigabyte, Corsair and Samsung contributed parts to the build — but by God is it a nice piece of work. I wish I had the skills to trick out my Steam box at home like this. Then again, I'd probably end up wanting to make my whole house look nicer too.
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