Obviously there are a number of use cases for this class of device, whether it be as a home theater PC, a strategically placed and aesthetically pleasing family or office PC or even as an arguably (or not) more versatile alternative to console gaming. Regardless, the form factor itself has taken the market by storm with newcomers and veteran manufacturers designing offerings with various levels of horsepower and capabilities.
To date, many of these smaller devices haven't offered much in the way of gaming and multimedia oomph, with only integrated graphics or low-end mobile discrete GPUs on board at best. However, Intel's Haswell 4th generation Core series processors with Iris Pro Graphics (formerly known by the code name Crystal Well) offered the promise of more robust integrated graphics performance, since we first laid eyes on the Gigabyte-built device, we're showcasing here today, back at CES 2014 in Las Vegas earlier this year.
|Dimensions||62 x 111.4 x 114.4 mm ( 2.4” x 4.3” x 4.5”)|
|CPU||4th generation Intel Core i7-4770R 3.90 GHz|
|Memory||2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots (DDR3 1.35V)
1333 / 1600 MHz
||Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8111G)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 Mini-PCIe card
|Graphics||Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200|
||4096x2304 @ 24 Hz - Max.
|Mini DP Resolution
||3840x2160 @ 60 Hz - Max.
|Expansion Slots||1 x mSATA slot
1 x Half-size mini-PCIe slot occupied by the WiFi+BT card
1 x SATA slot
|Front I/O||2 x USB 3.0
1 x head phone jack with SPDIF
|Rear I/O||1 x HDMI
1 x Mini DisplayPort
2 x USB 3.0
1 x RJ45
1 x DC-In
1 x Kensington lock port
|Storage||Supports 2.5” thickness 7.0/9.5mm Hard Drives (1 x 6Gbps SATA3)|
|Power Supply||Input: AC 100-240V
Output: DC 19V
7.1A - AC Adapter Type
Supports 75 x 75 and 100 x 100 mm
$449 - $599 depending on config. $599 as tested
Surprisingly, there's actually a fairly full-featured assortment of integrated technology on-board the BRIX Pro and we're treated to all the latest connectivity options, including 802.11AC WiFi, four USB 3.0 ports and Bluetooth 4.0. You also get dual SODIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory, as well as an mSATA slot and support for a standard 2.5-inch SATA drive.