Gigabyte adds Thunderbolt 3 support to its latest Brix PCs

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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    • hubick
    • 4 years ago

    The specs say it’s HDMI 2.0, woo!!

    The only drawback is no mention of an IR port like the NUC has, or HDMI CEC control like the Raspberry Pi has.

    Edit: These were announced back in January, but it still doesn’t look like they’re actually available anywhere? 🙁

      • Duck
      • 4 years ago

      Good availability in UK.

    • Krogoth
    • 4 years ago

    Thunderbolt 3 makes a lot sense here.

      • Redocbew
      • 4 years ago

      You almost sound impressed.

    • PBCrunch
    • 4 years ago

    Forgive my ignorance. Does this mean these can be attached to those huge boxes that hold graphics cards?

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 4 years ago

      From what I’ve read, Gigabyte would have to enable some stuff in firmware to make it happen. If they did so, there’d be nothing preventing someone from plugging in a Razer Core or whatever.

      • Raymond Page
      • 4 years ago

      Possibly, there’s a Thunderbolt eGPU certification and firmware update that’s required for TB3 ports to support the external chassis’ with graphics cards. I’ve only seen laptops certified. I suspect we’ll see that manufacturers release BIOS/firmware updates to support eGPU if they don’t at launch. Check out the [url=https://thunderbolttechnology.net/blog/you-tweeted-we-listened-thunderbolt-3-capabilities-and-more<]Thunderbolt twitter page[/url<].

        • gc9
        • 4 years ago

        The TB3/Razer-Core/X-connect [url=https://thunderbolttechnology.net/blog/gaming-go-thunderbolt-3<]publicity[/url<] and AMD [url=http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/technologies-gaming/xconnect<]X-connect products[/url<] lists the higher-end non-laptop NUC6i7KYK, not sure if that counts as certified, but certainly indicates they'll accept business for non-laptops.

      • cygnus1
      • 4 years ago

      This is kind of what I’m hoping for actually. If they add that, then I’ll definitely be getting an eGPU chassis of some kind and then eventually both a laptop and PC that can both make use of it.

      Now the next thing they’ll need to do is come up with wireless Thunderbolt…

        • EndlessWaves
        • 4 years ago

        Bear in mind that these CPUs are very entry level in desktop terms, the i5-5200U was similarly performing to a Celeron G1820, so expect a i5-6200U to only just creep above Celeron G3900 speeds, it probably won’t match a G4400.

          • cygnus1
          • 4 years ago

          That’s fine, this is just the first wave of these coming out. I’m curious if we’ll see any mini-ITX boards come out that have the eGPU capability. That’d be something you could fit a higher wattage CPU on at least.

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