Gigabyte BRIX, a mini-PC Powered by Intel Core i7 Processor

Intel NUC systems changed the course of mini-PCs due to their small factor and powerful configurations. Core i series processors packed in a 4.5″ box makes a perfect HTPC setup. Gigabyte is indulging in to the concept and preparing its own 4.5″ full-fledged PC, BRIX.

Gigabyte BRIX measures 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 1.2″ which makes it slightly smaller than Intel NUC systems, it is powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors but the company has a competitive advantage since they have added an option for Core i7 Ivy Bridge chips as well. Design is relatively simple, in the front users have the option of a USB 3.0 port and a power on button at the top while the back I/O consists of a power adapter port, Ethernet port, another USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort and a full-sized HDMI port.

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Alongside powerful Intel Core i series processors, BRIX includes a mSATA slot for Solid State Drives and two DDR3 DIMM RAM slots supporting 16 GB of memory. Small-factor systems cater a very niche market but with improved designs and specifications the future of these systems looks quite bright. There are ideal for HTPC setups since they do not take a lot of space and are powerful enough to play any HD content.

Pricing & Availability

Gigabyte has not released the pricing yet but considering the powerhouse inside this little beast, it won’t be cheap. Just like they say, big things come in small packages.

Source: Lilputing


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