Broadwell-U powers Gigabyte's latest Brix mini-PCs

Gigabyte already has a long line of NUC-like Brix systems, and we've reviewed some of them. At CES today, the company expanded that lineup with models based on Intel's freshly released Broadwell-U processors, which promise, among other things, substantially improved graphics performance.

There are two main models, dubbed simply Brix and Brix s. The latter is slightly taller and has room in its chassis for a 2.5" storage drive, while the former must make do with only mSATA storage. Each model is available in three variants, with a choice of Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The fastest, Core i7-powered offerings feature NFC support, so they can pair up with mobile devices to enable things like task automation and file sharing.

Connectivity comprises four USB 3.0 ports (two at the front and two at the back) along with Ethernet, HDMI, and miniDP. The dual display outputs can be used in tandem to drive two displays.

We're told these new arrivals will be out this month. As I understand it, they'll be offered as barebone kits, meaning users will likely have to supply their own storage and memory.

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