Sure, there have been countless CPU designs and mods that people have made, but this is by far the more interesting ones I’ve seen.
This very cube is a computer. It’s made by the company Xi3 and within the aluminium case, there are three separate boards – one holds the AMD Athlon 64 processor and 2GB of DDR2 RAM, another the power/video card, and the last the input/outputs.
The Xi3 Modular Computar is ment to be tinkered with, and in addition to the internal boards, it has only two sides, eight screws, and different coloured chassis (for you to customise to your liking).
To quote Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation, “We reject the concept that computers should have a useful life of only two to four years. Instead we believe that computers should be upgradeable and updateable over and over and over again, and that’s how we’ve designed the Xi3 Modular Computer, making it (potentially) the last computer you ever need to buy.”
As for pricing, the base model, which includes a 1.8GHz AMD Athlon 64 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage costs US$850. That’s quite expensive considering it doesn’t come with a Windows OS. The company is aiming this at the embedded market, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t configure it with a larger hard drive, and install your OS of choice on it.