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Gigabyte’s new compact gaming PC continues the trend of weird-looking computers

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Gigabyte’s Brix brand has been around for a while, and now the company is launching another member of the Brix series, the BRIX-GZ1DTi7. And with the strange green mesh, oval cross section, and glowing LED lights, it’s another gaming PC that has me wondering why we can’t simply make powerful computers that don’t look embarrassing to own.

As reports, the new compact desktop actually has some serious firepower. The GZ1DTi7 offers a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and both a 240GB M.2 SSD as well as a 1TB HDD for storage. Meanwhile, the unique design is partly explained by the cooling mechanism, which draws air from the bottom of the PC and vents it out the top. But it’s still baffling to me that all high-end desktop gaming PCs seem to be stuck in a Mountain Dew-fueled fever dream.

Aesthetics aside, it sounds like a good computer in a decently small form factor. No price or release date for either SKU has been announced, but with a product page already up on Gigabyte’s Chinese site, it likely won’t be too long before we get that information.