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
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.
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.
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.