GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming BXi5G-760 mini-PC Reviewby Ganesh T S on September 15, 2014 2:30 PM EST
Performance Metrics - I
The BXi5G-760 was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. We revamped our benchmark suite earlier this year after the publication of the Intel D54250WYK NUC review) We reran some of the new benchmarks on the older PCs also, but some of them couldn't be run on loaner samples. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph might not be the same.
Futuremark PCMark 8
PCMark 8 provides various usage scenarios (home, creative and work) and offers ways to benchmark both baseline (CPU-only) as well as OpenCL accelerated (CPU + GPU) performance. We benchmarked select PCs for the OpenCL accelerated performance in all three usage scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU in the system. The i5-4200H is not as powerful as, say, the i7-4770R in the BRIX Pro or the ZBOX EI750.
Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks
The 3D Mark 2013 results below may appear anomalous, but they are probably well served by the eDRAM in the Iris Pro parts. As we will see later, things get back into the expected mode when benchmarking actual games
3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15
We have moved on from R11.5 to R15 for 3D rendering evaluation. CINEBENCH R15 provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results.
The surprising aspect here is that the single-threaded performance of the Core i5-4200H in the BXi5G-760 seems to lag the Core i5-4200M in the VisionX 420D.
In the OpenGL mode, the GPU kicks in and comfortably puts the BXi5G-760 ahead of the pack
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flyingpants1 - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - linkNooooope, they should have tested noise levels.
bernstein - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - linkyeah kind of silly... the only thing i was interested to hear... but then i expect this little box to sound like a hair-dryer... i just dont understand why it's not passively cooled @ twice the size...
The_Assimilator - Monday, September 15, 2014 - linkI was hoping for some shots of the CPU and GPU. :(
SleepyFE - Monday, September 15, 2014 - linkI am also interested to see where the GPU sits.
ganeshts - Monday, September 15, 2014 - linkIt is in one of the gallery pictures on the first page
Gunbuster - Monday, September 15, 2014 - linkSeems like lazy engineering. Why on earth would they use two of those little high RPM demon fans?
Could have made a larger slower and quieter fan across the top or bottom of the case and used some type of shroud to direct the airflow...
junky77 - Monday, September 15, 2014 - linkSomething about the gaming benchmark is a little strange, isn't it?
Some result s look really strange - the M270/M275, even with GDDR5, should be considerably slower than a 870M.
Moreover, in other tests, the 870M gets arounf 50FPS on bioshock highest settings benchmark @ 1080p (notebookcheck 870M tests and 860M too - like the GTX 750 Ti)
Maybe some heavy throttling took place?
That's true in other cases too.
Pissedoffyouth - Monday, September 15, 2014 - linkWow, for that kind of money considering its a custom build why didn't they do laptop style heat pipes from the CPU, to underneith where the GPU is, and then to a heatsink instead where the little screamer fans are?? And then have a quiet 12cm fan on the top of it or under it?
Considering it's supposed to be VESA mounted the screen would defend the low hum of a 12cm fan...
Tikcus9666 - Monday, September 15, 2014 - linkAn laptop AMD FX 7600P APU,35W would surely be a better fit for a Box like this or even a 65W desktop A8 7600 (can be configured to 45W)
no GPU needed (for almost 1080p gaming), and a fraction of the cost, however you wouldn't be able to fry an egg on it,
PixyMisa - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - linkThey have a model with an A8-5545M, and one with an A8-5557M and a Radeon R9 M275X.