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CES 2014: GIGABYTE Announces BRIX Pro Mini-PCs: Boasts Intel Iris Pro GPU & Fast CPUs

Posted on January 8, 2014 1:06 PM by Rob Williams
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Since the launch of its initial BRIX Mini-PC, GIGABYTE has offered those who want a super-small PC that doesn’t skimp too much on performance the option. But, what about those who don’t mind their PC being just a bit bulkier in order to amplify the amount of performance available? BRIX Pro is the answer.

GIGABYTE’s launching BRIX Pro with two models. The top-end GB-BXi7-4770R features Intel’s Core i7-4770R processor, while the GB-BXi5-4570R uses an i5-4570R. Being “R” variants, both of these chips include Intel’s highest-end IGP option, Iris Pro Graphics 5200.

GIGABYTE BRIX Pro Intel Iris Mini-PC - Black

Despite the increased measurements of BRIX Pro, 2.4″ x 4.3″ x 4.5″ (D/H/W), it remains VESA mount capable, something GIGABYTE proves with this super-small shot we were provided with. What this means is, you can enjoy the benefits of Intel’s higher-end Iris-capable processors, all while keeping the PC completely out of sight. You could run the power cable straight down to the floor, and peripherals through your monitor – it’s quite an intriguing design.

As far as I can tell, the only differences between the two BRIX Pro models are their bundled CPU, and also their color. The 4770R-equipped model is black, while the 4570R model is red, seen below. I can’t help but notice how similar this red model is to MAINGEAR’s initial Steam Box we talked about the other day.

GIGABYTE BRIX Pro Intel Iris Mini-PC - Red

Outside of the CPUs, BRIX Pros features support for 1x 2.5″ SATA drive, 1x mSATA SSD, and includes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, DiplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and a headphone jack along with S/PDIF output. I mentioned above that these support VESA mounting, and since GIGABYTE expects that that’s how many people plan to use them, a mounting kit is included in the box.

GIGABYTE hasn’t announced a release date yet for BRIX Pro, nor its pricing or availability.


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