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In the past I have taken a look at a nice variety of small form factor PCs. Out of all of them I was most impressed with the NUC. Not only did it have the smallest form factor, but it also performed extremely well. It really opened up my eyes to the possibility that only gamers and enthusiasts will be sporting full or mid-sized PCs in the future. We already see a lot of people moving to just using a laptop or even a tablet. So beyond the NUC I was really curious about other NUC like PCs like the Brix from Gigabyte. Well today I have the chance to check out the Brix GB-BXA8-5557, an AMD based PC that has a similar footprint to Intel’s NUC. Let’s see what it is all about and find out if it can hold its own in the performance benchmarks compared to the others.

Product Name: Gigabyte Brix GB-BXA8-5557

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon link: HERE

 

Specifications
Dimension 0.88L (59.6 X 128 x 115.4 mm)
Motherboard Size 100 x 105 mm
CPU AMD Richland Processor A8-5557M 2.1G/3.1G
Chipset AMD Bolton M3
Graphics Radeon™ HD 8550G
Memory

2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots (DDR3 1.35V)

1333/1600 MHz

Max. 16GB

LAN Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8111G)
Audio Realtek ALC269
HDMI Resolution (Max.) 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
Mini DP Resolution (Max.) 4096 x 2160 @30Hz
Expansion Slots

1 x mSATA slot

1 x Half-size mini-PCIe slot occupied by the WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.0 combo half mini card

1 X SATA slot

Front I/O

2 x USB 3.0

1 x head phone jack

Rear I/O

1 x HDMI

1 x Mini DisplayPort

2 x USB 3.0

1 x RJ45

1 x DC-In

1 x Kensington lock slot

Storage Supports 2.5” thickness 7.0/9.5mm Hard Drives (1 x 6Gbps SATA3)
Power Supply

Input: AC 100-240V

Output: DC 19V

7.1A

VESA

Bracket included

Supports 75 x 75 and 100 x 100 mm

Support OS

WIN7 32/64bit

WIN8 32/64bit

WIN8.1 32/64bit

Environment

System Environment Operating Temperature: 0°C to +35°C

System Storage Temperature: -20°C to +60°C

 

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 15:14 by dragon2knight #36975
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Wow, this little guy ain't bad :) I'm running 16GB of Corsair Value Ram(1333) and a 750GB WD Black 2.5"(7200rpm). So far so good. Windows 10 Pro 64 is running smooth as glass and I set it up for lightweight Steam gaming. I'm loving it :) Thanks for the review, it convinced me to try it out :)
Posted: 19 Aug 2015 13:28 by dragon2knight #36972
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Nice review. I have one coming in today, will add some impressions when I get it set up :)
Posted: 12 Jun 2015 20:06 by garfi3ld #36705
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Today I check out a tiny AMD PC from Gigabyte

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