Gigabyte Brix PC/Projector Review

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Power Consumption & Noise

Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test systems consumed using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power the base platform configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the processors alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the outlet

In terms of power consumption, the Brix Projector was somewhere in the middle of the pack when the projector was running along with the PC at 18W idle and 40.8W under load. However, with the projector switched off and using an external monitor with the PC, the Brix Projector offered some of the most efficient power usage in our test bank. Pulling 10.5W at idle is ridiculously low for any machine.

Running at idle, the Brix Projector emits a rather low hum and it doesn’t crank up too much even when under a full load--if you’re not using the projector function. However, the projector substantially increases the noise level even at idle and whether or not the system is under load doesn’t affect the projector’s noise level.  This is to be expected of course. With the sort of light output required, thermal management and some fan noise is part of the deal.

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