A few years ago, GIGABYTE launched a new type of product into the market, a small form factor PC (SFF PC) called the BRIX. They teamed up with Intel to basically design and produce a desktop PC that you could hold in the palm of your hand. To achieve this, you need an extremely integrated system on chip (SOC), a separate CPU and chipset would require too much PCB space, and Intel's Broadwell microarchitecture is perfect for this very use.
The BRIX is smaller than a brick, yet much more interesting. The BRIX s BXi5H-5200 carries some of the latest technologies such as Wireless AC, yet also provides a limited but strong backbone for storage and connectivity. Today, I venture into GIGABYTE's latest iteration of their BRIX product line by taking a look at the BXi5H-5200. Let's get started.
GIGABYTE is utilizing Intel's latest 5th generation Core i5 processor, the i5 5200u, which features 2 cores/4 threads and a 2.7GHz turbo clock all at only a 15W TDP. It supports 16GB of DDR3L at 1600MHz and uses Intel's HD5500 graphics with a boost frequency of 900MHz with DirectX 11.3 support.
GIGABYTE has added a wired NIC, provided support for mSATA, and even provided the ability to fit a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD for much larger storage. There is also a wireless AC card in a smaller M.2 slot that also supports Bluetooth 4.0. The BRIX s has four USB 3.0 ports, mini DisplayPort, and a HDMI port that supports 4K.
The BRIX s BXi5H-5200 comes at $364.99 at Newegg at the time of writing. There is also the BXi5-5200 which costs $350, but doesn't have the extra space and SATA connector; meaning it lacks the support for a 2.5-inch storage device.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE BRIX s BXi5H-5200 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The GIGABYTE BRIX s BXi5H-5200 retails for $599.95 at Amazon.
Australia: The GIGABYTE BRIX s BXi5H-5200 retails for $565 at PLE Computers.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
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