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Gigabyte BRIX

Gigabyte BRIX
alaScore 95

23 reviews

Feb, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Gigabyte BRIX. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the reliability and usability. The design and size also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Gigabyte BRIX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: John Burek (computershopper.com)

Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD Review and Ratings

 

We adore the slick design and surprising storage potential of the Brix Gaming UHD. We'd just like to see one with an Nvidia "Pascal" chip inside, not a last-gen GTX 950.

Cool, minimalist design ; Barely a cubic inch of unused space inside ; Potent components for a PC this small ; Footprint is less than 5 inches square

Pricey once all components accounted for, versus prebuilt, slightly bigger PCs ; GTX 950 is borderline for 1080p gaming ; Graphics not upgradable ; Installing components requires some delicate work

Let's get one thing clear right up front: The Brix Gaming UHD makes no sense to buy unless you steadfastly

Oct, 2016

Recommended Award

Expert review by: Stuart_Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

Gigabyte Brix S Review

 

For some time now Gigabyte have been creating and refining their ultra compact PCs, calling them BRIX. Now with the latest Intel i5 CPU and the option for high performance storage and memory we test one of their current models in our Gigabyte Brix S...

Looking first at the build quality and design of the Gigabyte Brix S we have a system which is discrete and compact. Its black chassis is easy to hide away, or mount out of sight. There are no garish LEDs and access to the internal components is very...

Expert review by: Ben Andrews (techradar.com)

Gigabyte Brix review

 

Just when you thought PCs couldn't get any smaller

Tiny form factor ; Good HD video playback ; Dual-channel memory support

Limited connectivity ; High price ; No RAM or HDD included

In Gigabyte's attempt to out-Intel the NUC, it's fallen into the same trap as its forbears: the Brix is just too darned small. Considering these aren't portable devices you can use on the go, what's the point in shaving every possible millimeter when...

Oct, 2013

Consumer review by: Jim W. (newegg.com)

Comment Redo

 

Would be great if Gigabyte would respond with a phone number... I sure was not able to connect with them earlier today. I wonder if they actually go outside their site and try to lon into it from time to time.

See previous post.

Sorry for the typos on my past review post on this little compact system. I have to apologize for those typos, but it's after midnight after unboxing and attempting to complete installation since around 3 PM.

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Matthew M. (newegg.com)

Quiet, small, and powerful mini-pc with a few caveats.

 

I read some reviews that started people had issues installing "older" OSes like Windows 7 and using the provided tool that merges a Windows installation disk with required drivers to support the new Skylake chipset limitations for pre-3.0 USB support;...

Size, low noise, performance, VESA monitor mount provided.

Installing older OSes more cumbersome (requires OS support for legacy (non-3.0) USB, BIOS update requires DOS boot flash drive (WTH ... 2015/6 people), price is a little high, limited to M.2 B-Key drives (a taller version can support a standard laptop...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Evan C. (newegg.com)

Total waste of time. Terrible reliability, hardware, quality control.

 

Absolutely not

Specs look nice on paper.

Went through two of these units. Both dead-on-arrival. I have been building machines for 20 years and cannot remember being frustrated with hardware quality issues like this. Tried multiple hard drives, multiple memory kits, multiple displays, multiple...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (newegg.com)

It's fast

 

I actually also contacted gigabyte since I had problems. Learned that the upper memory slot is the real one to test the memory. I did on the first box since at first I got not even a boot-screen. Installed 1 ram stick in the upper memory slot and...

I like the small size of the box and the extra space for the SSD in the box. I also have the Asus Laptop UX303UB. It has the i7 chip and is fan-less. Making a C-Drive backup takes 2m30s. On the Brix's it takes 1m45s. So the Brix's is faster. C-drive is...

First thing needed was a BIOS flash and spending about 1 hours before I got it to work to get the boot-screen. I am on Brix's (i7H) #3. First one had FanFailure (i7, not i7H) but got it to work, yet not knowing if the fan is really working or not I...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Mark B. (newegg.com)

Comes with FREE mSATA disk, but can't use!

 

They need to update the promo with a M.2 disk.

Free memory and mSATA disk. "Free 120GB MINI-SATA & 8GB laptop memory w/ purchase, limited offer"

You can't use the mSATA disk with this product. This product uses M.2 disks. I know it is free but...

Mar, 2016

Consumer review by: Clinton B. (newegg.com)

excellent little workstation

 

I have ordered 5 of these and two came with broken case screws. I suspect that the case screws were over torqued by the manufacture, rather than the screws being of low quality.

Separate head phone and mic ports now. there has been a change over from msata to m.2

short list of compatible memory. I found that this gen 6 unit was not compatible with the old memory that i had used in the previous gen 4 and 5 models even though it used the same memory specs (timings, speed, voltage). ended up using the corsair...

Mar, 2016

Consumer review by: S&G D. (newegg.com)

OK, But not the great promise of a faster unit

 

I will stick with 5th gen for now, giving it another 6 months to sort out the issues. I usually buy 2 NUC's a month for the office upgrade cycle, and have 14 units in service at this point. I am having excellent luck with the Intel NUC5i5RYH

Form Factor, M.2

6th Gen, seems to be finicky, would not post with purchased ram, lucky I had alternate ram to install, chipset really doesn't like 4k monitors for initial setup, had to use a 1080 for installation completion.

Mar, 2016
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Product Specifications

Design

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
VESA mounting: Yes
Water cooling system: No

Ergonomics

VESA mounting: Yes

Graphics

Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32 / 8
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
Number of execution units:12
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0 / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1906 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):1920 x 1200
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, HDMI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Memory

Number of memory slots:1 / 2

Packaging Content

VESA mount included: Yes

Performance

Audio chip:Realtek ALC255

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:4
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1

Processor

Configurable TDP-down:10
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 4
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600 / 1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Braswell / Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 3000 series for Mobile / Intel Celeron Processor N3000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i5-6200 series
Scenario Design Power (SDP):3
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 25 / 4

Processor special features

Conflict Free: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Boot: Yes
Intel Secure Boot Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:0.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
OS Guard:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:87259 / 92213
Processor package size:25 / 42 / 42 x 24
UART: Yes

Storage

Supported storage drive types:HDD / HDD, SSD / SSD