Upcoming GIGABYTE BRIX with GeForce GTX Insideby Ian Cutress on April 23, 2014 10:11 AM EST
For the past 12-18 months, GIGABYTE’s BRIX platform has made inroads into the small form factor ecosystem with the help of Intel’s Haswell and AMD’s APUs under the hood. Ganesh recently had a look at the BRIX Pro, featuring a Crystal Well enabled Haswell processor with Iris Pro 5200 integrated graphics. We have also reported from press releases of BRIX models with discrete AMD mobile GPUs in the pipeline, resplendent in a deep red color. Naturally the next stage was to expect a green model featuring an NVIDIA GPU, at a private event in Las Vegas this week GIGABYTE has demonstrated just that.
Geoff from TR spotted this little cube at the event, sporting a 47W Core i5-4200H mobile CPU (dual core, hyperthreading, 2.8 GHz / 3.4 GHz turbo) and a GTX 760 inside. It is unclear if this is a mobile GTX 760M (768 CUDA cores at 657 MHz) or the full GTX 760 (1152 CUDA cores at 980 MHz) on a custom design. The 760M is rated ~55W and the GTX760 is rated at 170W, meaning a total chassis power output of either ~100W or ~220W. Given how loud the BRIX Pro seemed to be, one would assume that GIGABYTE has aimed towards a mobile GPU. We are awaiting confirmation from GIGABYTE on this detail, although it was reported that the device was warm to the touch during a GPU demonstration.
Aside from the core hardware, standard BRIX rules applies – two SO-DIMM slots, support for 2.5” and mSATA, 2T2R 802.11ac with BT 4.0, gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, dual HDMI and a single mini-DisplayPort connector. Given the size of the connectors on the image above, the BRIX GeForce Edition is a similar size to previous BRIX models.
No word on pricing as of yet, however this should hit the shelves in May. An i7 version is also said to be on the cards.
Source: The Tech Report
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dstarr3 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkSecond attempt at a Steambox, by the looks of it. Which, if it costs reasonably and doesn't sound like a hair dryer, it may not be a bad deal.
hughlle - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkI have to agree. It could have a titan in there and cost £600, but i wouldn't buy it so long as it looks like that. Maybe this is going to be marketed at teenagers. Because i can't see that many adults liking the idea of a bright green box next to their tv, it would just look like poop.
dstarr3 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkIndeed. If I got saddled with one of these, I'd have to paint it black so it's at least somewhat subtle.
nathanddrews - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkYour first mistake is having it visible at all. ;-)
hughlle - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkPersonally i like to see my stuff. Why i don't have a case for my phone or tablets. The looks of a product are hugely important to me. Not because of other people seeing them, but because i just like my possessions to be aesthetically pleasing to me. Not to mention I guess i am lazy. I hate having to open cabinets or doors in order to turn on AV equiptment or a computer. It's such a trivial thing that it can't be laziness, just one of those things that irks me. I'm like that in most of my life. I like to have everything in view so it is instantly accessible, i hate having to open drawers or boxes for something i need.
EnzoFX - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkWhy does the pc itself need to be instantly accessible? Peripherals would be wireless no? Aesthetics makes sense when it's something you're physically interacting with constantly, with something that's just serving a purpose and is almost fully interacted with by means of a remote or wireless peripheral, things looks much sleeker when they're out of sight.
hughlle - Thursday, April 24, 2014 - linkAs i say, just the way i do things. Be it the power button, or the dvd drive, former being pressed once a day, latter being used maybe once every 6 months, it just irks me when they are behind a door. It is absurd, i know that, but just how i am. /but as i say, i also like to see the things i buy. I'm just quirky :) But I know i'm not alone, most others however wanting other people to see the things they buy.
Gigaplex - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkMy HTPC goes to sleep, and is "turned on" (ie woken) via USB wake on my wireless keyboard dongle. You don't need to see the chassis in most circumstances.
damianrobertjones - Thursday, April 24, 2014 - linkWhy limit such a nice machine by making it a Steambox? At this time Windows offers FAR MORE. Baffles me... Or is the word steambox cool these days?
dstarr3 - Thursday, April 24, 2014 - linkWindows has been a platform for decades whereas SteamOS is in beta. So of course Windows offers more. But SteamOS has a lot of potential and I'd like to see what they can do with it. And besides, they utilize the same hardware, so the choice is yours. I'm personally interested in giving SteamOS an honest shot at being something.