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Gigabyte BRIX

Gigabyte BRIX
alaScore 94

30 reviews

Oct, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Gigabyte BRIX. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability. The design is also appreciated. Comments are divided on the usability. There are some less positive comments about the price.

size, design, reliability

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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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

Expert review by: SKYMTL (hardwarecanucks.com)

GIGABYTE BRIX Review; A Mini Powerhouse?

 

From notebooks to homebrew gaming PC's and set top boxes, form factors are rapidly shrinking in an effort to keep pace with our increasingly space-cons

Conclusion; Challenges but Kaby Lake Shines Through There are two different aspects of this particular review: one of which showed how the BRIX

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD

 

The Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD small-form-factor desktop is an ideal space-saver with a minimalist design at a sensible price, but there are some caveats regarding power and upgrades.

Compact design. Upgradable storage. Packs reasonable power for its size.

GTX 950 is good for 1080p, but not an ideal card, and not upgradable. Not cost effective compared with slightly larger prebuilt PCs. Component installation a bit complicated.

For more details, including full benchmark testing results, check out the Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD review on our sister site, Computer Shopper.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Charles Jefferies (computershopper.com)

Gigabyte Brix Gaming GT Review and Ratings

 

It looks like a UFO dropped it off, but the funky, oval-shaped Brix Gaming GT is a powerhouse PC that packs familiar power parts, including a GeForce GTX 1070, and unique flip-top cooling.

True desktop-class gaming performance in a compact, unique chassis ; End-user upgradable ; Good port selection for its size

Fans ran loud while gaming ; Design can be oriented only one way ; No easily accessible HDMI port for VR headsets

The Gigabyte Brix Gaming GT is a unique take on what fits inside a mini-tower. We’d never have guessed from its appearance alone that this unit housed a desktop CPU and a double-wide PCI Express graphics card. End-user upgradability is indeed one of...

Sep, 2017

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

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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...

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
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Realtek ALC255 / Realtek ALC269
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes

Design

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis Type:0.46L sized PC / 0.6L sized PC / Desktop / Net-top / NETTOP / UCFF
Colour of product:Black / Grey
Cooling type:Passive
On/off switch:Y / Yes
Placement supported:Horizontal
Product Type:Mini PC / Mini PC barebone
VESA mounting: Yes
VESA mounting interfaces:75 x 75, 100 x 100 / 75 x 75,100 x 100
Water cooling system: No

Expansion slots

Mini PCI Express slots:1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
PCI Express x1 slots:2

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 4400 / HD Graphics 520
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1700 / 32768
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 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:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300 / 320
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:600
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / Yes
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID: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 model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, HDMI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) / 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

ECC: No
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Memory bandwidth (max):34.1
Memory channels:Dual
Memory clock speed:2133
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM
Memory voltage:1.35
Number of memory slots:1 / 2
Supported memory clock speeds:1066,1333,1600 / 1333, 1600 / 1333,1600 / 1600 / 1600,1866,2133 / 2133
Supported memory types:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM

Motherboard

Compatible processor series:Celeron / CORE I3 / CORE I5
Number of Processors Supported:1
Processor Socket:BGA1168 / BGA1170 / BGA1356 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Supported processor frequency (max):1.4 / 1.7 / 2.6

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
LAN controller:Intel I219-LM / Intel I219-V / Realtek RTL8111G
Networking features:802.11b/g/n / Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 30 / 0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):29.9 x 107.6 x 114.4 / 42.8 x 107.6 x 114.4
Number of Processors Installed:1
Number of products included:1
Power requirements:100 - 240V AC

Packaging Content

Display included: No
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
VESA mount included: Yes

Performance

Audio system:Realtek ALC255
Maximum Resolution:4096 x 2160
Number of Displays Supported:3
Product Type:Mini PC
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPort version:1.2
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.2 / 1.4a / 2.0
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:2
S/PDIF out port:Y / Yes
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 3.0 ports quantity:2 / 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
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter output current:2.1 / 3.42 / 4.74
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC input voltage:100 - 240 / 220-240
Number of power supply units:1
Power Supply:65
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240
Power supply type:External AC adapter / Internal Power Supply Unit

Processor

Built-in processor: Yes
Compatible processor series:Celeron / CORE I3 / CORE I5
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: No
L2 Cache:2
L3 Cache:3 / 4
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 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Number of Processors Installed:1
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.08 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 3.1
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Braswell / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel / Intel Celeron / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:1.04 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 2.3 / 2.5
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:Celeron N3150 / I3-4010U / I3-6100U / I5-4200U / I5-6200U / i7-6500 / N3000
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor N3000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i5-6200 series
Processor Socket:BGA1168 / BGA1170 / BGA1356
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Scenario Design Power (SDP):3
Stepping:C0 / D1
Supported processor frequency (max):1.4 / 1.7 / 2.6
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 25 / 4 / 6
Tjunction:100 / 90

Processor special features

Conflict Free: Yes
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Y
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 Cache:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Y
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:0.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:No / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
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InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
OS Guard:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:87259
Processor code:SR29J / SR2EY
Processor package size:25 / 42
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART: Yes

Software

Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 64-bit,\nWindows 8.1 64-bit,\nWindows 10 64-bit
Operating system installed: No

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Number of storage drives supported:1
Optical Drive Type: No
Storage drive interface:microSATA / mSATA / Serial ATA III
Storage drive sizes supported:2.5 / 63.5
Supported storage drive types:HDD / HDD, SSD / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:107.6 / 11.3 / 11.4 / 11.9
Height :11.4 / 11.9 / 3.44 / 4.68 / 5.61
Width:10.8 / 11.3 / 11.9 / 34.4 / 5.61