GIGABYTE Launches BRIX Models with 14nm Broadwell-Uby Ian Cutress on January 5, 2015 3:59 PM EST
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Hot on the heels of the official announcement, GIGABYTE is at the ready with their NUC like SFF PCs and implementing Broadwell-U in three different processor combinations. The BRIX and BRIX s are set to offer the Core i3-5010U (2.1 GHz, HD 5500 with 23 EUs), the Core i5-5200U (2.2 GHz, HD 5500 with 24 EUs) and the Core i7-5500U (2.4 GHz, HD 5500 with 24 EUs).
Each unit will give HDMI at a native UHD-4K resolution due to the use of Broadwell-U, albeit at 24 Hz which makes it more suited for films, as well as a mini-DisplayPort. Also included is an 802.11ac 2T2R dual band module, a VESA bracket and four USB 4.0 ports. As a special extra for the Core i7 version, both the BRIX and BRIX s will come with NFC support.
At this point we have no information on pricing or exact release dates, or even the difference between BRIX and BRIX s. As is perhaps visible from the images, the BRIX s will be slightly taller, presumably to either cater for more storage or extra cooling. Hopefully when we swing by GIGABYTE this week at CES we can get some answers. Especially as it might be interesting to see if Iris 6100 models show up or any with Iris Pro in the next six months.
Edit: The BRIX s will have the higher profile for additional storage, and BRIX s versions will be available for i3, i5 and i7 units.
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schizoide - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkDid you mean USB 3.0?
war59312 - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link"four USB 4.0 ports"
Um! Right! ;)
meacupla - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkThe only thing I don't like about these NUC or NUC like computers is that they never pack in enough ports to make full use of the computing power in them. Honestly, I would like 6 to 8 USB3.0 ports and 4x 3.5mm audio jacks.
BRIX is actually nice in that it comes with two or three HDMI/DP ports, but most NUC only have one.
So..., when do we get to see a BRIX with GTX970M?
jeffkibuule - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkIsn't that a chipset limitation?
Lonyo - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - linkMy NUC has one HDMI and one Thunderbolt port which can be used for DisplayOut, and that's an old one with a 3217u. The non-TB model had dual HDMI instead. What NUCs have one?
Jodo116 - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - linkOne of the nice things about these NUC's though is the fact that you can get a pretty low powered device. My favorite thing about mine is the silence but at the same time I use Steam in-home streaming to connect to my powerful machine and it works flawlessly to bring a console experience to my living room. It uses hardly any power. I don't see why you'd need so many ports at full speed though(use a hub). 4x3.5mm audio?? What are you using it for? They do have splitters for that too.
tenzwarth - Monday, January 5, 2015 - linkI think he did mean USB 3.0 (their website has been updated: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=47&am... There seem to be three models: standard, +2.5" support (H) and +GTX760 /w three display support (G)