GIGABYTE BRIX is the line of compact computers from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Another alternative to the Intel NUC that set the pace for Mini-PCs and that now expands with cheaper Intel processors for desktop computers.
The new GIGABYTE BRIX will be marketed in three versions depending on the CPU chosen from the Intel N series: BRIX BNIP-N100, BNIP-N200 and BNi3-N305. The first two use the Intel N100 and N200 processors, respectively. The third, the most interesting for performance, mounts a Core i3-N305 CPU with 8 cores / 8 threads, 6 Mbytes of cache and work frequencies of up to 3.8 GHz. Its integrated graphics is an Intel UHD with 32 execution units and a frequency of 1.25 GHz. Its TDP consumption is 15 watts.
GIGABYTE has taken the opportunity to update the physical design of its mini-PCs and they are wider, but shorter and thinner with dimensions (164 x 117 x 29mm) that in any case remain very contained and allow it to be installed anywhere on the desk, on walls or behind monitors with its VESA support. We also see them more visually attractive. Say that the three configurations mount active cooling with heatsinks, slots to remove hot air and a fan.
The new BRIX can equip up to 32 GB memory DDR4-3200 MHz RAM with a single memory slot. Enough for these teams, although a second slot would not have hurt. Better in the storage section, with two M.2 PCIe 4.0 connectors to install solid state drives.
Very complete in connectivity with:
- An M.2 2230 connector for wireless support, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.3.
- A 2.5 GbE Ethernet LAN.
- 2 HDMI 2.0 ports.
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.4.
- 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C.
- 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A.
- 3 x USB 2.0 Type-A.
- Combined 3.5mm audio jack.
- Power connector.
The manufacturer has not provided availability or price, but they should be immediately available at a quite cheap price like the rest of the mini-PCs that have been marketed with the Intel N, the chip giant’s cheapest processors and that are ideal for compact computers with low consumption and cost.