...MSI has overlooked other potentially useful upgrades such as an eighth-generation Intel Core processor, USB 3.1 Type-C or HDMI 2.0.
It was only a matter of time before big-name manufacturers started to become adventurous with the Intel NUC form factor.
Hoping to stand out from the competition, MSI has repurposed its 102mm x 102mm NUC motherboard inside a larger, fanless chassis to create the Cubi 3 Silent.
Designed with HTPC enthusiasts and quiet-computing aficionados in mind, this ultra-compact PC saves space, makes no noise and avoids the guesswork of traditional barebone solutions by including memory, storage and a Windows 10 operating system as standard.
The approach has potential, and Cubi 3 Silent sounds tempting on paper, yet MSI's execution leaves something to be desired. Performance throttling is a genuine concern - to the extent that going fanless feels like too big a compromise - and having focussed almost entirely on eliminating noise, MSI has overlooked other potentially useful upgrades such as an eighth-generation Intel Core processor, USB 3.1 Type-C or HDMI 2.0.
Bottom line: we appreciate quiet PCs as much as anybody, yet there's a fine line between hushed and hampered, and Cubi 3 Silent struggles to find the right balance.
Makes practically no noise
Space-saving form factor
Pre-installed SSD and DDR4 memory
Comes with Windows 10 as standard
Provisions for additional 2.5in storage
Restricted CPU performance
Still doesn't support 4K60 over HDMI
Lacks USB Type-C port
How much will it cost?
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