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Review: Gigabyte Brix S (GB-BKi5HA-7200)

by Parm Mann on 24 November 2016, 11:30

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

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Test Methodology

Comparison Systems - Part One

System Name ASRock BeeBox DinoPC Primal GT2 Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD Gigabyte Brix
Model N300 Primal GT2 GB-BNi7HG4-950 GB-BSi5T-6200
CPU Intel Celeron N3000 Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i5-6200U
CPU Base Clock 1.04GHz 3.2GHz 2.6GHz 2.3GHz
CPU Turbo Clock 2.08GHz 3.6GHz 3.5GHz 2.8GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 2 / 2 4 / 4 4 / 8 2 / 4
CPU TDP / SDP 4W / 3W 65W 45W 15W
Motherboard ASRock N3000-NUC Gigabyte Z170N-WiFi Gigabyte MKHM17P Gigabyte MKLP5BP
Memory Team Group 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB) Crucial 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Crucial 16GB (2x8GB) Samsung 32GB (2x16GB)
Memory Speed 1,600MHz 2,133MHz 2,400MHz 2,133MHz
Graphics Intel HD Graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 ITX 4GB Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 4GB Intel HD 520
Primary Storage Team Group 128GB mSATA SSD 240GB Kingston SSDNow V300 SSD 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD 256GB Toshiba NVMe M.2 SSD
Secondary Storage - 1TB Seagate SSHD - -
PSU Asian Power Devices (36W, external) FSP FSP500-60HHN (500W, internal) Delta Electronics (180W, external) FSP Group (90W, external)
Chassis ASRock BeeBox Fractal Design Core 500 Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD Gigabyte Brix
Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit)
Date Reviewed January 2016 October 2015 October 2016 March 2016
Cost As Reviewed £270 £899 £1,300 £665

Comparison Systems - Part Two

System Name Gigabyte Brix S (2016) Gigabyte Brix S (2015) Intel Compute Stick Intel NUC Kit
Model GB-BKi5HA-7200 GB-BXi5H-5200 STCK1A32WFC NUC5i5RYH
CPU Intel Core i5-7200U Intel Core i5-5200U Intel Atom Z3735F Intel Core i5-5250U
CPU Base Clock 2.5GHz 2.2GHz 1.33GHz 1.6GHz
CPU Turbo Clock 3.1GHz 2.7GHz 1.83GHz 2.7GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 2 / 4 2 / 4 4 / 4 2 / 4
CPU TDP / SDP 15W 15W - / 2.2W 15W
Motherboard Gigabyte MFLP5AP Gigabyte MQLP5AP Intel Compute Stick reference Intel NUC5i5RYB
Memory Kingston HyperX 16GB (2x8GB) Adata 8GB (2x4GB) Soldered 2GB DDR3 (1x2GB) Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 (2x8GB) (added)
Memory Speed 2,133MHz 1,600MHz 1,333MHz 1,600MHz
Graphics Intel HD 620 Intel HD 5500 Intel HD Graphics Intel HD 6000
Primary Storage 240GB Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 SSD 120GB Kingston SSDNow mSATA SSD 32GB eMMC 240GB Crucial M500 SSD
Secondary Storage - 1TB Seagate Momentus HDD - -
PSU Asian Power Devices (65W, external) Asian Power Devices (65W, external) Asian Power Devices (10W, external) Intel NUC (65W, external)
Chassis Gigabyte Brix S Gigabyte Brix S Intel Compute Stick Intel NUC
Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (32-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Date Reviewed November 2016 March 2015 May 2015 April 2015
Cost As Reviewed £630 £665 £130 £535

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.
GPU Benchmarks
3DMark DX11, default Fire Strike test.
Gaming A selection of modern titles are tested at an ubiquitous 1080p resolution.
Memory, Storage and System Benchmarks
AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system idling and under HandBrake video-transcoding load.
Temperature Noted for CPU under HandBrake video-transcoding load.


We have a selection of small PCs in our line-up and if you're interested in seeing how performance has progressed over the course of recent Intel processor generations, we have a trio of Brix systems highlighting the advancements between Core i5-5200U (Broadwell), Core i5-6200U (Skylake) and Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake).