"Brix" device for size reference, and PR shot (via Gigabyte)
Buying a PC doesn’t mean you have to find room for it on your cluttered desk. Gigabyte’s BRIX shows how wrong the tech predictions of the 1950’s were. Their powerful mini PC is now available at distributors around the country.
A VESA mounting bracket allows you to turn your HDMI TV into a connected set. The BRIX is capable of simultaneous dual-screens by using the DisplayPort as well. This is only the beginning of the customization possible with Gigabyte’s BRIX. The user can chose to equip the mini-PC with either Core i3, i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge Intel processors starting at 1.8 GHz. The choice of operating system is also up to the customer supporting Windows and Linux systems. Memory storage is yet another factor chosen to best suit usage needs. Standard, the BRIX comes with mSATA ports for external memory storage and SO-DIMM is an upgrade option and is compatible with the appropriate off-the-shelf components. Customizable SSD/RAM combo is also available offering up to 16 GB of RAM.
Additionally, other BRIX can make use of AMD mid-range Kabini accelerated processing units that use between 9 and 15 Watts and are capable of about 20 FPS. These include the AMD E1-2100, E1-2500, E2-3000 dual-core chips, and A4-5000 quad-core chips.
More Brix features. Memory upgradability is a big draw. Also, being able to run Windows is another... (via Gigabyte)
BRIX are not the most capable mini-PC out there but good to learn about HTPC builds, non-intensive personal uses like light gaming, or to use as a devoted home theater PC.
The BRIX is palm-sized at just 1.18 x 4.24 x 4.5 inches. But, it also comes standard with two USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet port. An internal 802.11n mini PCIe Wifi antenna is included and it’s all housed with an aluminum frame within a glass exterior. Some BRIX models even include a wireless charging pad that can be used with phones like the Lumia that can be charged through induction. The device was showcased at this year’s CES and it is now available at certain retailers. Find out all about them at gigabyte.com.
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