Gigabyte updates Brix mini-PCs with Broadwell CPUs, NFC

— 5:47 PM on March 20, 2015

NUC season is officially open. We went in-depth with Intel's reference NUC last month, and yesterday, MSI released a NUC-inspired mini-PC of its own. Today, Gigabyte joins the party with a new generation of Brix barebones PCs that offers a range of Broadwell CPUs and storage options. The company has an informative video about the new machines, as well:

Broadly speaking, the new Brixes are available in two sizes: one with room for 2.5" storage and another without. Both can be had with Intel's Core i5-5200U or Core i3-5010U CPUs. A higher-end model upgrades to a Core i7-5500U and adds NFC support, but it lacks a 2.5" bay.

All of the new Brixes come with Intel HD Graphics 5500 IGPs driving HDMI and Mini DisplayPort outputs. They also include Intel wireless-AC cards. As with MSI's Cubi, there's no support for M.2 storage; mini SSDs are limited to mSATA.

Here's a list of the Broadwell Brix variants with links to each product page:

Gigabyte's press release doesn't include any information about pricing or availability, but Haswell-based Brix systems run $250-$500 on Newegg. One of the Broadwell versions, the BXi3H-5010, is already available for $290, so it's probably safe to assume that the rest of the lineup won't be long in coming.

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