Gigabyte adds Thunderbolt 3 support to its latest Brix PCs


— 7:40 AM on April 15, 2016

Gigabyte is bringing Thunderbolt 3 to small-form-factor PCs with four new Brix barebones: the GB-BSi5T-6200, the GB-BSi5HT-6200, the GB-BSi7T-6500, and the GB-BSi7HT-6500. These four Brix are divided into two classes. A "T" in the name signifies a version with M.2 support and Thunderbolt 3, while the HT designation indicates support for an M.2 SSD, a 2.5" SATA device, and Thunderbolt 3. The BSi5T-6200 and i5HT-6200 include Intel's Core i5-6200U CPU, while the i7T-6500 and i7HT-6500 get the somewhat more powerful  Core i7-6500U.

The Brix are enclosed in brushed aluminum cases. Four USB 3.0 ports, audio and microphone jacks, and an SD card reader dot the front and sides of the case. The Thunderbolt 3-certified USB Type-C port sit at the rear of the unit, and that high-speed port is accompanied by a Gigabit Ethernet jack, a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI output, and a Kensington lock slot. Native network connectivity is achieved with 802.11 ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 or the aforementioned Gigabit Ethernet. Brix buyers will need to provide their own storage and RAM to complete these barebones PCs.

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