Gigabyte gives its Brix PCs Skylake CPUs and aluminum exteriors


— 5:43 AM on January 8, 2016

We've had a couple models of Gigabyte's Brix mini-PCs in the lab here at TR, and we've been impressed with how much PC Gigabyte crams into such small boxes. For the upcoming lineup of six new Brix models, Gigabyte upgraded these systems with Skylake processors and M.2 SSD storage while maintaining the units' diminutive size.

Before we look at individual models, let's cover the basics. Gigabyte's Brix mini-PCs come as a barebones PC kit. An M.2 Wi-Fi module comes pre-installed, but users will need to purchase compatible memory and an M.2 SSD. The unit has an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort, and comes with a VESA bracket so that the unit can be discreetly mounted behind your monitor or HDTV. The Brix has three USB 3.0 ports and jacks for your headset and microphone. Through the Mini DP, the Brix can support a maximum display resolution of 3840x2160 at 60hz.

For the new Brix models, users can pick one of three processors: a Core i3-6100U, Core i5-6200U, or Core i7-6500U. All three are low-power processors with a TDP of 15W. All of the new Brix models rely on Intel's integrated HD Graphics 520.

Aside from the processor, the primary difference between the Brix models lies in their storage options. The GB-BSi3-6100, GB-BSi5-6200, and GB-BSi7-6500 are limited to the M.2 SSD for storage. These units are only 1.4" tall. The GB-BSi3H-6100, GB-BSi5H-6200, and GB-BSi7H-6500, on the other hand, support the installation of one 2.5" SATA hard drive and one M.2 SSD. These units are a bit taller at 1.8".

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