New Mini PC for Home Labs?

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I was reading about the Intel NUC platform, and the OEM spinoffs of it like this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856164003  the Gigabyte BRIX.

After looking over the specs, and price… I am pretty amazed.  Anyone looking to lab stuff, or setup a HTPC, these things look awesome.  I may have to budget for a few of them to replace my Hyper-V Lab environment, and one to replace my HTPC (potentially).

I really dig what they are doing with these super small boxes.   Full Virtualization support in the CPU, the AVX instructions, expandable memory, USB3.0, low power use, few moving parts (one fan).  Seems like a pretty nice evolution of traditionally way under powered super compact boxes.

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