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Gigabyte GB-TCD: mini PC with an Intel Atom D2550 is not enough for HTPC use

After Giada and Zotac, it was Gigabyte’s turn of unveiling a barebone mini PC, the GB-TCD. It has an Intel Atom D2550 processor, however, it has no memory or a storage device. This machine should primarily be of interest to office users by its small size.

This machine is rather compact because its dimensions do not exceed 245 x 180 x 40 mm. As for weight, it still remains unknown. Externally, the design is very good, the surfaces are flat. Note that the black shell has a glossy type surface. As can be seen in the photo below, a support is available for the machine upright position.

Inside, there is a Thin Mini ITX motherboard which is equipped with a NM10 chipset and the Intel Atom D2550 processor with two cores running at 1.86 GHz. As for the integrated graphics chip, it is the Intel GMA X3650 should be prety good for office use but not enough for HTPC use. It is one of the most basic controllers of Intel and it lacks dynamic on fast motion trailers on HD movies.

Only a single slot for DDR3 memory is avaialable and supports up to 4 GB @ 1333 MHz. Regarding storage, you are entitled to one slot for a 2.5″ hard drive or SSD. Connector used is the S-ATA 3 Gbps. Aware that it will also be possible to use mSATA port, opting for an SSD that uses this interface. Note also the presence of a mini PCIe slot, it may be useful to add a Wi-Fi card, for example.

On the external connections on the side of the machine, there is no less than four USB 2.0 connectors and a 4 in 1 card reader  (MMC, MS, XD and SD). We regret especially the lack of USB 3.0 for the rear, here is its composition:

  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN Port (Realtek RTL8111E)
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 3 x audio jacks (Realtek ALC887-VD2 et ALC105-VE)
  • 1 x Optical Output
  • 1 x Power Connector (plug)

For now, Gigabyte does not share the price, or even the availability date. Once we have received this information, we will complete this news.

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