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Powerful, small and quiet: MSI launches Cubi 3 Silent series mini computers

Powerful, small and quiet: MSI...
MSI says that a fanless design should reduce malfunctions and increase the computer's life cycle of the Cubi 3 Silent series mini-PCs
MSI says that a fanless design should reduce malfunctions and increase the computer's life cycle of the Cubi 3 Silent series mini-PCs
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MSI says that a fanless design should reduce malfunctions and increase the computer's life cycle of the Cubi 3 Silent series mini-PCs
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MSI says that a fanless design should reduce malfunctions and increase the computer's life cycle of the Cubi 3 Silent series mini-PCs
The Cubi 3 Silent mini computer can support two monitors
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The Cubi 3 Silent mini computer can support two monitors
The Cubi 3 Silent mini-PC has two USB 3.1 ports, one HDMI and one DisplayPort, and one LAN connection to the rear
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The Cubi 3 Silent mini-PC has two USB 3.1 ports, one HDMI and one DisplayPort, and one LAN connection to the rear
The Cubi 3 Silent mini computer comes in black or silver, and has two USB 3.1 ports to the front
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The Cubi 3 Silent mini computer comes in black or silver, and has two USB 3.1 ports to the front
The Cubi 3 Silent S model has two USB 3.1 ports on the front, and two USB 2 ports to the side
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The Cubi 3 Silent S model has two USB 3.1 ports on the front, and two USB 2 ports to the side
The Cubi 3 Silent S has two USB 3.1 ports to the rear, together with two RJ45 connections, HDMI and DisplayPort, a dedicated COM port and RJ45 to COM, too
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The Cubi 3 Silent S has two USB 3.1 ports to the rear, together with two RJ45 connections, HDMI and DisplayPort, a dedicated COM port and RJ45 to COM, too
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MSI has added two fanless models to its third generation Cubi series mini desktop computers. The Cubi 3 Silent and Silent S mini-PCs are built around Intel's Kaby Lake processors, are enclosed in aluminum housings with a CPU heatsink up top and cater for easy component upgrades.

The two new Cubi 3 Silent mini computers are each enclosed in a 6.28 x 2.74 x 4.34 in (159.6 x 69.5 x 110.2 mm) aluminum housing that's topped by an aluminum heatsink to keep the internals cool without the need for fans. This design results in energy efficient, silent operation, with MSI reporting that the fanless design should reduce malfunctions and increase the computer's life cycle.

The brains of the operation is an Intel Kaby Lake U processor with Intel HD graphics, though users can connect to a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) monitor over HDMI if 1080p just doesn't cut it. The computer can be had with an NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD supported by DDR4 RAM, with MSI promising easy upgrades by simply removing four screws at the bottom of the chassis to swap the SSD for a 2.5-inch HDD, or up the memory modules to the 32 GB supported max.

The Cubi 3 Silent S model has two USB 3.1 ports on the front, and two USB 2 ports to the side
The Cubi 3 Silent S model has two USB 3.1 ports on the front, and two USB 2 ports to the side

The Cubi 3 Silent model has four USB 3.1 ports, a DisplayPort and one Ethernet connection, together with dual-band Wi-Fi. The Silent S appears to differ only in the IO port and LAN department, having two additional USB 2 ports, an extra RJ45 connection, an RJ45 to COM port in addition to a standalone COM port, and Intel (instead of Realtek) Gigabit LAN.

Either way, a combination of hardware and software security measures are included to keep data safe and, with a wall mount kit, users can take the mini-PC off the desk altogether and mount it to a wall or behind the monitor.

MSI hasn't revealed pricing or availability as of writing, but you can see what's on offer in the intro video below.

Product pages: Cubi 3 Silent, Cubi 3 Silent S

Cubi 3 Silent series | The Fanless Aluminum mini PC | MSI

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3 comments
vince
What no SSD NVMe drives? No thanks!
JweenyPwee
Vince...read the write up one more time bud....
JimFox
So- nobody knows about the Mac Mini, launched in Jan 2005?? Much more advanced than these things!