Gigabyte Brix Pro Review – GB-BXi7-4770R

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Gigabyte Brix Pro UEFI – aka the BIOS

We always update the BIOS on all the products we get to review to ensure we are running with the latest fixes and options. The Gigabyte Brix Pro runs a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which replaces the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware interface. When the Gigabyte Brix Pro arrived we found that it was running UEFI version F2 and that the latest build was version F3 (added memory clock frequency adjustment). We went to update the UEFI and were shocked to find that Gigabyte as no built-in UEFI update tool nor a Windows application to update the UEFI. How do you update the UEFI?

bios-update

You need to create a bootable USB Flash drive and update the UEFI through DOS. This isn’t a big deal and something we’ve been doing for decades, but it is 2014 isn’t it?

bios-main

This is the main menu of the American Megatrends UEFI that is installed on the Gigabyte Brix Pro. Right off the bat you’ll notice that this UEFI is not full color and there is no support for a mouse. This UEFI has a basic functionality similar to a traditional notebook BIOS. It turns out that the team who built and designed the Gigabyte BRIX Pro is the companies PC ODM team and that market usually has very basic BIOS/UEFI designs. Gigabyte is hoping that they will be able to work on a more feature-rich UEFI with added functionality in the months to come as the BRIX is a crossover product that has received much interest in the market.

advanced-bios

Under the Advanced CPU Configuration you get some information about the Intel Core i7-4770R processor and can disable some things like EIST, Turbo mode, and C3/C6 power states. There are no overclocking options available for the Intel Core i7-4770R the Gigabyte Brix Pro due to thermal constraints. We’ll cover this more later.

memory-options

As of UEFI F3 you can now adjust the DRAM Clock Frequency and this is the only adjustable clock frequency on the system. It is nice to be able to select the clock frequency, but there isn’t a way to adjust any of the memory timings. You are stuck running the factory set SPD timings, which is okay if you aren’t trying to tighten the timings or run 1T command rate.

brix-temperature

Here is a hint as to why Gigabyte doesn’t allow any CPU overclocking on this system. The PC Health Status menu showed that our system was running at 77C on the Intel Core i7-4770R processor and the fan was already humming along at just over 2300 RPM. We knew from the second that we fired up this system that it was not going to be a cool running or quiet system!

Let’s take a look at some common benchmarks on the Gigabyte Brix Pro.

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  • Felipe

    Is it possible to have both SSD and a 2.5 HDD at the same time?

  • Sin Sentido Comun

    WOuld be nice to test audio software, I am very interested but noise can an issue, at the same time audio apps doesn’t consume much video power (or not one at all) so it might not push the GPU too much,

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  • basroil

    Any chance you have a Kinect for Windows sensor and are willing to try out the system compared to something like a GTX 680? If that thing can get solid 30fps in 3d mapping mode, it will be THE robotics controller platform everyone is using.

    • legitreviews

      I do not have the Kinect for windows sensor and I know that has different features than the normal Xbox 360 Connect that are all over. Anyway to use the Xbox version?

      • basroil

        There’s nothing technically stopping you if you have the USB adapter, though the results might get wonky. Kinect Fusion doesn’t inherently use any of the Kinect for Windows features unless you enable them, so as long as you don’t try texture mapping or near mode it should work. Just remember to up the resolution (voxel density) until you hit just under 2gb vram use.

  • Internet

    Why do you mention BIOS repeatedly in the review? This is a UEFI implemntation, not a BIOS. But you call it “UEFI BIOS” to really get things wrong. Why?

    • Internet

      Perhaps you can merge this in with the previous note?

      Watts dissipated in use isn’t “TDP” – TDP is Thermal Design Power. You can’t “hit a TDP of 85w” during use; the design power is still 65W. You are instead generating 85w in the form of heat, but not generating a “TDP.”

      I won’t go in depth about the editorial problems with this piece… nearly every page has some flaw, including missing half of a paragraph on page 3.

      Also: Your KeyShot 4.3 is unregistered, and not for commerical use. But the purpose of these reviews is ad revenue, isn’t it?

      I don’t really get what’s legit about repeated misuse of terminology.
      This article is quite poorly written and I do not believe the author possesses
      the knowledge necessary to write about these topics.