Thursday, March 1st 2018

GIGABYTE Intros BRIX Mini-PCs with 8th Gen Core Processors

GIGABYTE today launched four new BRIX mini-PC models featuring 8th generation Intel Core processors. These include the GB-BRi5-8250, the GB-BRi7-8550, the GB-BRi5H-8250, and the GB-BRi7H-8550. The GB-BRi5-8250 and the GB-BRi7-8550 are built in a more compact 0.46L (34.4 x 112.6 x 119.4mm) chassis, while the GB-BRi5H-8250 and the GB-BRi7H-8550, come in a slightly taller 0.63L (46.8 x 112.6 x 119.4mm), with added room for a 2.5-inch drive bay. As their names suggest, the GB-BRi5-8250 and GB-BRi5H-8250 are powered by the Core i5-8250U processor (4-core/8-thread, 1.60~3.40 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache, 25W TDP); while the GB-BRi7H-8550 and GB-BRi7H-8550 implement the range-topping Core i7-8550U (4-core/8-thread, 1.80~4.00 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache, 25W TDP).

The 0.46L models offer two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, a 32 Gb/s M.2-2280 slot, a second M.2-2240 slot holding the pre-installed WLAN card, HDMI and mini-DP display output, two USB 3.0 type-A ports on the rear panel, and two USB 3.1 ports on the front-panel, including a type-C port; and network connectivity including a gigabit Ethernet connection driven by Intel i219-V controller, and Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 WLAN card with dual-band 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. Stereo audio makes for the rest of it. The 0.63L models simply add to this feature-set with a 9 mm-thick 2.5-inch drive bay that has SATA 6 Gb/s interface. All models feature VESA mounting, so you can tuck them away behind your monitor. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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9 Comments on GIGABYTE Intros BRIX Mini-PCs with 8th Gen Core Processors

#1
Nephilim666
They truly missed an opportunity to put the Ryzen 2700 APU in these.
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#2
Exceededgoku
These are perfect as a work computer, and even to use as a Hackintosh considering Apple hasn't released a SFF device in forever!
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#3
bug
You may be able to hide these behind the monitor, but you won't be able to hide the power brick. That detail seems to always be forgotten when announcing these NUCs.

Otherwise, yes, if you don't play games, one (any) of these will do just fine these days.
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#4
Chaitanya
Nephilim666They truly missed an opportunity to put the Ryzen 2700 APU in these.
That is a nice idea, maybe Zotac or Ecs might comeout with a SFF PC using AMD apus.
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#5
FYFI13
Just wondering if they managed to keep them reasonably quiet this time. The one i had with i7 4770R sounded like a jet. Sold it right away to semi-deaf neighbor.
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bug
FYFI13Just wondering if they managed to keep them reasonably quiet this time. The one i had with i7 4770R sounded like a jet. Sold it right away to semi-deaf neighbor.
i7 4770R was a 65W part, these are 25W parts. Sounds to me like you didn't do your homework before buying ;)
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lemonadesoda
It is 2018. A device such as this should announce in the marketing spin that it can drive 4K, 5K or 8K desktops. We are all moving to hi-def font rendering in offices, so that documents esp. PDFs can be read without scroll and zoom. The fact that this info is omitted by choice makes me worry that it CANNOT drive a 4K screen. I don't want to have to do the research - it is the PR/Marketing departments job to bring pertinent info to the fore.
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FYFI13
bugi7 4770R was a 65W part, these are 25W parts. Sounds to me like you didn't do your homework before buying ;)
A homework? When you buy that expensive product, you expect it to work properly. Honestly, i thought they had figured out how to cool it down properly. It sounded like a server even on idle.
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bug
FYFI13A homework? When you buy that expensive product, you expect it to work properly. Honestly, i thought they had figured out how to cool it down properly. It sounded like a server even on idle.
Right. And you also expect your definition of "work properly" to coincide with everybody else's. Great mindset. Keep it up.
lemonadesodaIt is 2018. A device such as this should announce in the marketing spin that it can drive 4K, 5K or 8K desktops. We are all moving to hi-def font rendering in offices, so that documents esp. PDFs can be read without scroll and zoom. The fact that this info is omitted by choice makes me worry that it CANNOT drive a 4K screen. I don't want to have to do the research - it is the PR/Marketing departments job to bring pertinent info to the fore.
Anything can drive an 8k desktop these days. It's not mentioned because it's the default.
You wrote that you don't want to do the research: the research would have taken you roughly the same time it took you to write that message.
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