Gigabyte Announces New Haswell-Powered BRIX PCs

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2013 - 07:01 PM |
Tagged: SFF, Intel, htpc, haswell, gigabyte brix, gigabyte

Gigabyte recently updated its BRIX line of small form factor PCs to include Intel Haswell processors, 4K display support, and additional IO port options. The new BRIX systems measure 29.9mm x 107.6mm x 114.4mm and feature a chassis constructed of anthracite aluminum with a glass top panel. The new BRIX PCs come in four SKUs, each of which comes with an Intel Haswell processor of i7, i5, i3, or Celeron varieties.

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The BRIX PCs come with the case, a small Gigabyte motherboard, an Intel CPU, and a wireless module with 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. Users can choose their own mSATA SSD, DDR3 SO-DIMMs (two per system, up to 16GB), and operating system. The front panel of the Haswell-powered BRIX PCs includes two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack that doubles as an optical S/PDIF output.

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The back panel of the BRIX system includes:

  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RT8111G NIC)
  • 2 x Video outputs:
    • 1 x Mini-DipslayPort
    • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DC-in
  • 1 x Kensington Lock

Internally, the BRIX PCs have one Mini-PCI-E slot, one mSATA slot, and two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots. The Mini-PCI-E slot is used by the pre-installed Wi-Fi module, however. Processor options include the Intel Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, Core i5-4200U, and Core i7-4500U. At the high end, the i7-4500U is a dual core CPU with HyperThreading, 4MB cache, and clockspeeds of 1.8GHz base and 3.0GHz turbo. The i5 also has turbo boost, but only up to 2.6GHz. The Core i3-4010U has HyperThreading but no Turbo Boost while the Celeron is stripped of both Turbo Boost and HyperThreading. The chart below lists all the processor specifications.

BRIX Model GB-BXi7-4500 GB-BXi5-4200 GB-BXi3-4010 GB-BXCE-2955
Processor Core i7-4500U Core i5-4200U Core i3-4010U Celeron 2955U
Cores / Threads 2 / 4 2 / 4 2 / 4 2 / 2
Clockspeeds 1.8 GHz to 3.0 GHz 1.6 GHz to 2.6 GHz 1.7 GHz 1.4 GHz
CPU Cache 4MB 3MB 3MB 2MB
Maximum RAM 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB

The new Haswell-powered Gigabyte BRIX PCs include the GB-BXCE-2955, GB-BXi3-4010, GB-BXi5-4200, and GB-BXi7-4500. Unfortunately, the company has not yet released pricing or availability for the SFF devices. More informtation on the Haswell models can be found on this Gigabyte microsite.

Read more about the Gigabyte BRIX platform and how it compares to the competition here.

Source: Gigabyte
September 8, 2013 | 07:54 PM - Posted by klatch

I have been looking at these, though also willing to get an AMD one if they were to offer one of those. What is the drop off from the i3 to the Celeron in terms of processor and graphics?

September 8, 2013 | 08:46 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

You lose hyperthreading, 1MB of cache, and 300MHz clockspeed. I'm not sure on the graphics front, but it looks like they both have the same HD 4400 graphics though the Intel ARK site list the i3 as having HD 4400 and the Celeron as having "HD Graphics" in a rather vague fashion. The GPUS both have the same base and turbo clockspeeds though...

September 9, 2013 | 07:58 AM - Posted by klatch

Mostly curious about GPU - semiaccurate reported before that the old celeron brix would have less than 20% of the GPU performance of the ivy bridge i3 model: http://semiaccurate.com/2013/02/06/intel-takes-swift-action-to-correct-n...

Apparently there is a distinction between the HD 4400 and the HD Graphics.

September 9, 2013 | 09:40 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, I do find the wording curious as Intel would have put HD 4400 if it was that exact chip. Irritating that they don't specify what it actually is though :/

September 9, 2013 | 12:35 AM - Posted by snook

I like the ultra small form factors. the ooze cool.

September 9, 2013 | 02:07 AM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

HTPC ! Ceton makes a USB version of it`s cable card tuners.

September 12, 2013 | 08:12 PM - Posted by Indispus (not verified)

Ive been wanting to purchase the i5 model, but I can not find them available anywhere. Anyone have any idea when they are do out?

September 22, 2013 | 12:38 PM - Posted by Matt (not verified)

Salesmart in Australia has them listed along with the intel nuc ones.

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