Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 Ultra Compact SFF PC Review

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Test Setup, SANDRA And Cinbench R15 CPU

We decided to compare the Gigabyte Brix S BSi5HT-6200 to a handful of other Brix and NUC small form factor systems. We also threw in some mainstream desktop reference numbers we had on hand from our AMD Kaveri performance review.   It's not exactly apples-to-apples - these are all different platforms after all - but the numbers are in the same ballpark.

HotHardware's Test Systems
HotHardware's Test Systems
System 1: 
AMD A10-6800K 
(4.1GHz - Quad-Core)
AMD A8-7600
(3.8GHz/3.3GHz Quad-Core)

Asus A88X-Pro 
(AMD A88 Chipset) 

2x8GB AMD DDR3-2133
(@1866 with 6700) 

On-Processor Graphics
On-Board Ethernet 
On-board Audio 

Samsung SSD 840 Pro
System 2: 
Intel Core i5-4670K
(3.8GHz - Quad-Core) 
Intel Core i3-4330
(3.5GHz - Dual-Core + HT)

Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH 
(Z87 Express Chipset) 

2x8GB AMD DDR3-2133
(@1600 with Haswell)

Intel HD 4600
On-Board Ethernet 
On-board Audio 

Samsung SSD 840 Pro
System 3:
Intel Core i5-6200U (Brix S)
(1.6GHz Dual-Core)

Intel Motherboard

2X8GB Kingston HyperX DDR4-2133

Intel Iris HD 520

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

Kingston Predator M.2 SSD

SiSoftware SANDRA 2016
Synthetic Benchmarks
We started our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disk).

san CPU san mm
CPU and Multimedia Tests

san mem san storage
Memory Bandwidth and Storage


The Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 performs right where you'd expect it to in the various SADNRA tests we ran. The Core i5-6200U is a low-power processor and it finishes right in line with similar parts in the CPU and multimedia tests. Memory bandwidth hovered in the 27GB/s range and that Kingston M.2 SSD came in just shy of the 1.1GB/s mark. The Intel Core i5-6200U is a common processor SKU employed in thin and light ultrabooks and here, in the Brix S, it has vital signs very much like this class of machine as well. 

Cinebench R15
3D Rendering Content Creation Performance
Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.
cine cpu

The low-power, dual-core Core i5-6200U couldn't quite keep pace with the desktop processors or the higher-end quad-core Brix / NUC machines, but performance was good overall. Single-core performance specifically, was more competitive thanks to the inherent benefits of Skylake and the relatively high boost clocks of the CPU.

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