Gigabyte Brix Gaming GT takes a GTX 1080 on the road

We've taken a look at Gigabyte's compact Brix gaming systems in the past. Now, the Brix Gaming GT is poised to take a VR-ready to the road or living room with its compact dimensions, an Intel sixth-generation Core i7-6700K CPU, and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The Brix Gaming GT identifies itself as a gaming PC with a cluster of RGB LEDs and a pair of flaps on top that open when the system is thermally loaded.

The machine comes equipped with 32GB of DDR4 memory, a 240GB M.2 SSD, and a 2.5" 1TB hard drive. Gigabyte doesn't say whether the included SSD is of the NVMe or AHCI variety, though. The system also sports room for a second 2.5" drive. Networking is handled by an Intel 3165NGW Wireless-AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo adapter, along with a Gigabit Ethernet port powered by a Killer E2400 chip.

For peripheral connectivity, the Brix Gaming GT offers both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, and HDMI and audio jacks on the back. Front panel connections include audio jacks and another pair of USB 3.0 Type-A ports. The power connector, Ethernet jack, and additional display connectors are all stashed on the bottom of the device, where they are hidden from view.

At first glance, the Brix Gaming GT looks like it is ready to take on tiny desktops like Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN1070 we recently reviewed. The 10.9" x 15.1" x 5.0" (27.6 cm x 38.4 cm x 12.8 cm) dimensions make the Brix over five times larger than the Zotac miniature gaming box, though in the Brix's defense, there is no external power brick cluttering things up.

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    • Laykun
    • 3 years ago

    I suppose visual design isn’t one of gigabytes strong points

    • caconym
    • 3 years ago

    I feel like some motorized louvers would’ve been more elegant than those robot rabbit ears, especially since they made no effort to make the undersides of them attractive.

    • short_fuze
    • 3 years ago

    Hey, three out of four ain’t bad …

    Cords on the bottom? – check
    Thermally efficient cooling, heat rises throught the top? – check
    Efficient use of space, in a non-boxy configuration? – check
    Looks like a combination of an antiperspirant applicator and a bug-zapper? – … umm …

    [actually, I really like it for not being a box.]

    • Mad_Dane
    • 3 years ago

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1wzQNzttSk[/url<]

    • christos_thski
    • 3 years ago

    damn… I actually like it. not sure what that says about my taste, though I suspect it won’t be very flattering 🙂

    So long as it doesn’t suffer from thermal throttling nor sport an insane price, I’m in!

    /rushes to hide geek card before fellow techies burn it

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      of course it sports a slightly crazy price.

    • DarkStar1
    • 3 years ago

    What an overly designed eyesore… The idea of the BRIX gaming line used to be compelling – tiny machine, big power and a *mostly* inconspicuous design. This thing is just bloated and tacky for the sake of being bloated and tacky. No thanks!

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Do people live in tiny cages where they can afford to buy a more expensive computer just because it is a few inches smaller, but can’t afford the same desk space? I’ll take a larger, more cooling power and performance, and less noise system over this any day.

      • Pitabred
      • 3 years ago

      For my desk, yes. But for a Steam machine hooked up to a 4K TV for gaming? This would look pretty sweet on an entertainment center, as opposed to most PCs.

        • Mad_Dane
        • 3 years ago

        Guess it’s a matter of taste, to me it looks like a mix of a failed 3D printer experiment and a toy. It’s not hard at all to find a stylish mediacenter case for your PC hardware, use a Fractal Node 605 myself.

      • Bauxite
      • 3 years ago

      I agree, lots of marketing obsession over tiny, custom, proprietary, non-upgradeable systems which always make the power and cooling over-complicated for a performance build.

      For a non-insane ITX case that lets you use (and upgrade later) all standard components including PSU [b<]and[/b<] good cooler options: I give you the generic and affordable example of the thermaltake core v1. If you are a "gamer" or whatever but can't give a freaking cubic foot of space to a [i<]real[/i<] computer in your home your priorities are all messed up.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        [quote<]lots of marketing obsession over tiny, custom, proprietary, non-upgradeable systems which always make the power and cooling over-complicated for a performance build.[/quote<] Manufacturers love this one simple trick so users can't upgrade the system after checkout! Click through to find out how!

      • chµck
      • 3 years ago

      Some people haven’t owned a traditional desktop in a long time.
      Not everyone wants to build their own desktop or cares about size.

        • JosiahBradley
        • 3 years ago

        Then I can point you to several prebuilt Dells that are cheaper and upgradeable. They even sell them in SFF sizes. It’s not about building it yourself or a want for a giant system, it’s the lack of caring for an industry that has already standardized all these components and at reasonable prices.

      • Klimax
      • 3 years ago

      How about Japan and similar places with very High Density living.

    • ultima_trev
    • 3 years ago

    Impressive specs but I’m almost certain the thermal throttling will be significant.

      • Pitabred
      • 3 years ago

      Why? I haven’t gotten the impression that Gigabyte has no engineers or testing departments that might think of heat being an issue in a design like this…

      • EndlessWaves
      • 3 years ago

      On something bigger than an SG13 or ML08? I doubt it.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Risk of confusing this thing with an air purifier is too high.

    WOULD NOT BUY.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Or a skyscraper in China.

        • flip-mode
        • 3 years ago

        Or a fuel cell for a space craft in a sci-fi movie.

      • Generic
      • 3 years ago

      Now. Now.

      At least give the banana bread Scentsy air filters a smell before making rash judgments.

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