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Gigabyte publishes BRIX Gaming UHD promo & installation videos

by Mark Tyson on 6 September 2016, 12:46

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Gigabyte first showcased its BRIX Gaming UHD PC back at Computex, then we saw this much taller than usual BRIX at the Intel Developers Forum about a month ago. Now Gigabyte has got around to publishing a dedicated product page, a promotional video and an instructional video showing how to ready your barebones system for deployment. The Gigabyte BRIX Gaming UHD is flexible and suggested for use in home entertainment, or in place of a desktop system or games console.

Last month there was talk about Gigabyte tweaking the BRIX Gaming UHD ahead of launch to accommodate one of the Nvidia GTX 1000 series of GPUs. Such an option doesn't look to be available for at least a couple of months with the publication of the full product page having no mention of GPU options. However, Gigabyte did confirm that a GTX 1050 upgrade is "very possible" in the comments of the YouTube video embedded at the bottom of this article.

The key specifications are as follows:

  • Features latest Intel 6th generation Core Processors
  • Ultra compact PC design at only 2.6L (220 x 110 x 110mm)
  • Discrete Graphic Nvidia GTX950 (4GB GDDR5)
  • 2 x SO-DIMM DDR4 slot (2133MHz)
  • 2 x M.2 SSD (2280) slot
  • Intel IEEE 802.11 ac, Dual Band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2 NGFF M.2 card, Intel Gigabit Lan
  • 2 x USB 3.1 (1* USB Type-C), 3 x USB 3.0
  • 3 x Mini DP, 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • Headphone and Microphone jack

In addition to the above, Gigabyte says that users can fit up to 2x 2.5-inch SSDs – allowing 4x fixed storage devices in total. The maximum RAM you can install in the two slots is 32GB (16GB x 2). In use Gigabyte claims the BRIX Gaming UHD is "super silent", varying between 23 – 36dB from idle to peak performance mode.

For buyers of the Gigabyte BRIX Gaming UHD the firm has put together a handy video on how to open up this compact system to install the necessary RAM and SSD storage. Being a compact system it's not as straight forward as with a traditional desktop PC - for example the graphics card needs to swing out from the chassis to give access to the SO-DIMM and M.2 slots.

Gigabyte hasn't supplied information regarding either pricing or availability.

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Pedalbin. But otherwise pretty nice.

Yeah, this needs a GPU upgrade to be truly interesting.
OMG It's UHD!!!!
“Ergonomic Thermal Design”

Eeeeeh, what now? Designed not to cause thermal injuries to users? I would say that's an expected feature for computers today. Perhaps I'm not used to bleeding-edge tech like this. Either that, or Gigabyte's PR Team needs a dictionary.

Otherwise, this is a nifty little machine. Now, for an actual (end user) upgrade path for that GPU … Custom MXM with display outputs doesn't bode well for longevity. Also, given that every GTX 10XX card has increased TDP from its 9XX equivalent (well, the 1060 has the 960s 120W TDP, but consumes ~10W more), wouldn't a straight 950->“1050” upgrade be troublesome? Unless Nvidia slightly gimps the 1050, of course.


If your happy with your 15-20fps in game….
“Ergonomic Thermal Design”

Eeeeeh, what now? … Gigabyte's PR Team needs a dictionary. …

Could just mean thermal design taking consideration of human factors. So minimising noise outputs and aiming to keep the warm air flowing away from parts of the machine a human has to interact with - many OEM computers are noisy and vent most of the warm air out the back (close to the majority of the ports) or the side (where it can easily warm up the area around a user's desk and, if the fan is strong enough, blow papers around). If they've designed the cooling to avoid those problems, I think “Ergonomic Thermal Design” isn't a bad description.

Oh, don't get me wrong - it's cliche and pretentious. Just not necessarily innaccurate ;)