Gigabyte BRIX Pro SFF Powerhouse

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PHYSICAL DETAILS & ASSEMBLY

The Gigabyte BRIX Pro measures 6.2 x 11.1 x 11.4 cm or 2.4 x 4.4 x 4.5 inches (H x W x D), giving it a similar footprint to the NUC. The internal components are accessible by pulling out the bottom. As a barebones system, memory and storage has to be added to make it operational.


To access the interior, four bolts inside the rubber feet need to be removed. The odd looking pillar in the corner offers something convenient to pull so you won't break a nail trying to dig around the edges. Like a notebook, there is a series of ventilation slits located in the vicinity of the memory slots inside.


The main exhaust port is located at the top/rear of the case. From this angle you can catch a glimpse of a copper heatsink which presumably takes up most of the top third.


The rear ports include a Kensington security slot, DC power jack, HDMI and mini DisplayPort connectors, RJ45 and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.


With a quad core desktop processor at the heart of the machine, it has a beefier power source than most systems of this size. It's a 19V power adapter manufactured by FSP with a total output of 135W and a class V efficiency rating.


A 2.5 inch drive bay is located underneath the bottom section of the case. It supports drives up to 9.5 mm in height (sorry, VelociRaptor fans).


The motherboard is a Gigabyte M4HM87P which has two SODIMM slots, a half-sized mini PCI-E slot (occupied by a AzureWave wireless adapter with a Realtek chipset), and an mSATA slot. A sleeved black connector is used to power and connect a standard 2.5 inch SATA drive.


We tested the BRIX Pro with a Kingston SSDNow mS200 mSATA SSD and 2 x 4GB of Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1600 1.35V SODIMMs, A WD Red 1TB notebook drive was also used briefly to ascertain its effect on the machine's heat and noise output.



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