Power Consumption And Noise
The Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 absolutely sips power. It was the second lowest power device under both idle and load conditions, and maxed out at only 35 watts.
We also wanted to give you an idea as to how much power the system used under various different workload types. Above we show how much power the Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 used while driving a few different apps and while streaming video from the web (using the Microsoft Edge browser). One more number that we didn't graph was power consumption with the system hibernating. When the Brix S hibernates, power consumption drops into the 2 - 3 watt range.
Under all conditions, the Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 remains mostly quiet. When idling and under light workloads, the fan in the device does spin an emits a slight, audible whine. When under a sustained load, the fan in the system spins up further, and is somewhat noisier, but we would not consider it loud. It's in-line with the sound put out from a mainstream notebook and shouldn't be distracting, even in an HTPC environment.