Intel has been a real champion for small form factor computing with its NUC family of tiny computers. More recently, the company introduced three new types of mini PC designs in the Compute Stick, Mini Lake and 5" × 5", or mini-STX as it is now commonly referred to.

While much smaller, the Compute Stick and Mini Lake are non-upgradable and therefore lack the kind of flexibility that enthusiasts and power users desire. This is where the mini-STX steps in, offering a more barebones approach to PC building. The platform supports a standard CPU socket, SO-DIMMs, multiple storage options and various I/O ports.

One of the first companies to adopt the new mini-STX form factor is MSI with its new Cubi 2 Plus, a tiny 1.3L computer that not only supports a desktop Skylake Core i7 processor but also accept up to 32GBs of DDR4 memory and a high-speed NVMe SSD for good measure.

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