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Gigabyte Brix ultra compact PC DIY kits are launched

by Mark Tyson on 28 May 2013, 12:07

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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We saw Gigabyte introduce the Brix as part of its ‘NEW IDEA’ Tech Tour 2013 when it visited London. Now the Taiwanese firm has followed up with a full product launch of these ultra compact PC DIY kits. There are four barebones models being made available initially, equipped with Ivy Bridge processors ranging from the Intel Celeron 1037U to the Intel Core i7-3537U.

The Gigabyte Brix is an ultra compact barebones PC case, measuring just 29.9 x 107.6 x 114.4mm (4.5 x 4.2 x 1.2-inches). The case comes with a choice of third generation Intel Core processor and is “smaller and lighter than currently available products” from rival manufacturers, according to Gigabyte. While we are on the topic of physical appearance, the Gigabyte Brix looks glossy and stylish with a “glass surface mounted on an anthracite aluminium frame”.  

“The BRIX lays down a new standard in terms of compact form factor, connectivity and performance, making it suitable for a broad range of applications in the home, office and commercial spaces,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “The BRIX demonstrates how we can leverage our exceptional R&D and manufacturing prowess to create new and exciting PC products that defy convention.”

After you buy one of the four current Brix models on offer you flesh out the barebones system with your own choice of mSATA SSD, SO-DIMM memory and OS. The Brix comes as standard with a power adapter and a VESA mounting bracket so you can bolt it to the back of many a suitable TV/monitor. Every Brix barebones system is equipped with both an HDMI and a Display Port which gives it more possibilities and flexibility in use. Also as standard this DIY PC kit ships with a Wi-Fi Mini PCIe module pre-installed, so it doesn’t need to be positioned near a wired Ethernet connection.

GigaByte has provided nicely labelled photos detailing the ports and connections of the Brix which you can clearly see above. Both front and back USB port are of the USB 3.0 variety.

BRIX Model

GB-XM1-3537

GB-XM11-3337

GB-XM12-3227

GB-XM14-1037

Intel Processor

Intel® Core™ i7-3537U

Intel® Core™  i5-3337U

Intel® Core™ i3-3227U

Intel® Celeron™ 1037U

Cores

2

2

2

2

Threads

4

4

4

2

Clock Frequency

2 GHz – 3.1GHz

1.8 GHz – 2.7GHz

1.9 GHz

1.8 GHz

Smart Cache

4MB

3MB

3MB

2MB

 

It’s interesting to see these ultra compact PCs launched just before Intel’s Haswell arrives. Intel’s fourth generation should suit these kinds of barebones systems even better, with lower power consumption and better integrated graphics performance on offer. Unfortunately Gigabyte Brix prices are yet to be announced.



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This with an i7 should be able to play games right? even if on medium quality thats good enough as long as it doesnt break the bank....which it probably will :(
It is annoying that there is no AMD option, as far as I am concerned the use case for this is best suited to AMD.
Without pricing this is meaningless. Nothing more than a Intel NUC with a slight upgrade
samuraiweasel
This with an i7 should be able to play games right? even if on medium quality thats good enough as long as it doesnt break the bank....which it probably will :(

You would need a discrete graphics card.
RussiaForever
You would need a discrete graphics card.


...which won't fit in this case. So the short answer is no!

Agree with noxvayl that AMD APUs would make more sense in this form factor, precisely for this reason.