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

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Power Consumption And Noise

Before wrapping things up, we'd also like to talk a bit about power consumption. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power the Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 system was consuming with a power meter, versus the other test systems we used for benchmark comparisons. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling at the Windows desktop and while under a heavy CPU workload. Keep in mind, this is total system power consumption being measured at the outlet and not the the individual power of the CPUs alone.
Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

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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.

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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.


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