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Gigabyte Brix GB-BXI7 review: Mini-powerhouse with i7

Fastest mini-PC currently around

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Introduction

Gigabyte has made excellent motherboards and graphics cards for many years, but more recently the company has begun making mini-PCs. You can buy them with affordable, entry-level hardware such as Celeron processors, or with a much more powerful Haswell Core i7 CPU like the one we tested.

The Gigabyte Brix is similar to the Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC). It fits in the palm of your hand and its compact dimensions (10.5 x 11.5 x 3.1 cm) will make it fit basically anywhere in your office or living room. Next to your monitor or TV, or mounted on the back of them.

Gigabyte Brix GB-BXI7

The hardware is similar to that of a decent Ultrabook. It has an energy efficient Intel Core processor, two SO-DIMM RAM modules and an mSATA SSD. This makes it very compact and also quite fast thanks to the SSD. The downside is that the internal storage is limited and that there's no powerful graphics card.

Gigabyte Brix GB-BXI7

For its small size it does have a lot of connectors. Two USB 3.0 ports in front and back, an audio jack that also serves as digital optical output, gigabit network port, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. That means you can connect two monitors.


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