We found the the entire system was consuming 20.1 Watts of power from the wall outlet at idle and when running the AIDA64 System Stability test the system power consumption topped out 120 Watts.
AIDA64 reported that the Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor idled at 0.703V with a core temperature of ~35C. With the built-in AIDA64 stress test we found that we got up to 90-96C on the four CPU cores at 1.165V. This system runs on the hotter side when you are really putting the CPU to work, so beware that temperatures above 90C will be common when gaming or transcoding.
Gigabyte calls the Brix Gaming UHD sleek, cool & quiet. They even have an info graphic that shows it running at 23dB in idle mode and up to 36db at peak mode. Super Silent says the infographic…
The system is pretty quiet at idle, but once you start gaming, transcode a video or run a system stress test like AIDA64 or Prime95 the little system sounds comes to life with fan noise During our 30 minute stress test we easily recorded fan noise that was in excess of 60 dB from just off to the side of the system where the blowing air wasn’t interfering with the reading. Maybe Gigabyte was testing from really far away when they got the low numbers they posted up, but when this system is running full throttle for more than a couple minutes you’ll certainly know it and so will everyone else around you.
Let’s wrap this review up!