GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming BXi5G-760 mini-PC Reviewby Ganesh T S on September 15, 2014 2:30 PM EST
Introduction and Setup Impressions
GIGABYTE's BRIX Pro (using an Intel Iris Pro part) has made a big splash in the market, particularly as a Steam machine. Enthused by its success, GIGABYTE has introduced a set of mini-PCs under the BRIX Gaming moniker. The lineup consists of mini-PCs in a form factor similar to the BRIX Pro (which itself had the footprint of an Intel NUC kit). The current flagship in the BRIX Gaming line is the BXi5G-760, a machine featuring a Core i5-4200H Haswell CPU and a NVIDIA GTX 760 discrete GPU. Given the paper specifications of the GTX 760, the machine promises to be a gaming powerhouse in its size class.
Similar to the BRIX Pro, the BXi5G-760 comes barebones. Users have to bring in their own DDR3L SODIMM sticks as well as an mSATA or 2.5" drive for completing the build. We configured the review unit to end up with the following components.
|GIGABYTE BXi5G-760 Specifications|
Intel Haswell Core i5-4200H
(2C/4T x 2.80 GHz (3.40 GHz Turbo), 22nm, 3MB L2, 47W)
|Memory||2 x 4GB DDR3L-1866|
NVIDIA GTX 760 (NVIDIA GTX 870M)
6 GB GDDR5
135 MHz / 941 MHz (Turbo)
|Disk Drive(s)||ADATA SX300 128 GB mSATA SSD + Spare 2.5" Drive Slot|
|Networking||1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x1 802.11ac mPCIe|
|Audio||Capable of 5.1/7.1 digital output with HD audio bitstreaming (mini-HDMI / mini-DP 1.2)|
Retail unit is barebones, but we installed Windows 8.1 Pro x64
|Pricing (As configured)||$800 (barebones) + $195 (DRAM + mSATA SSD)|
|Full Specifications||GB-BXi5G-760 Specifications|
The BXi5G-760 kit doesn't come with any pre-installed OS, but we do have a USB key with Windows drivers. In addition to the main unit, the other components of the package include a 180 W (19.5V @ 9.23A) adapter, a US power cord, a splitter for the single audio jack, screws for installing a 2.5" drive, a mini-DP to DP cable and a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.
The stand-out aspect of the BXi5G-760 compared to mini-PCs in a similar form factor include the presence of three video outputs (2x mini-HDMI and 1x mini-DP). The gallery below takes us around the hardware in the unit. In particular, the dimensions of the unit are compared to the BRIX Pro. The width turns out to be slightly more in order to accommodate the side fans for cooling the GPU.
We configured our unit with an ADATA SX300 128 GB mSATA SSD as a boot drive and put in two Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz SODIMMs. All BIOS settings were left at default. The DRAM configured itself to run at 1866 MHz without any user inputs
In the table below, we have an overview of the various systems that we are comparing the BXi5G-760 against. Note that they may not belong to the same market segment. The relevant configuration details of the machines are provided so that readers have an understanding of why some benchmark numbers are skewed for or against the BXi5G-760 when we come to those sections.
|Comparative PC Configurations|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4200H||Intel Core i7-3720QM|
|GPU||NVIDIA GTX 760||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
Corsair Vengeance CMSX8GX3M2B1866C10
10-10-10-32 @ 1866 MHz
Super Talent W1333SB4GH
9-9-9-24 @ 1333 MHz
ADATA XPG SX300 AX300S3-128GM-C
(128 GB, PCIe Module mSATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC)
Intel® SSD 330 Series
(60 GB, SATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC)
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac
(1x1 802.11ac - 433 Mbps)
|Price (in USD, when built)||$995||$1300|