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?


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?


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.


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.


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.


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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  • Dark Crow

    I was finding a review for this, great one

  • Kevin Hess

    complete junk

    • Todd Oxenford

      “Complete junk.”

      I think not! I use this as my Plex Media Server and it does a fine job transcoding multiple streams at once with no issues.

      • vampyren

        Good to hear 😀
        I have a NUC with i5-4250U and it sucks, cant even play the movies locally with Plex. So i was looking at this. Nice to hear your happy with it. Sure its expensive but i watch movies allot and love Plex for keeping a nice library 😀

        • Todd Oxenford

          I think you really need an i7 for transcoding. As I said, I have multiple streams running locally and remotely and have no issues..although, it does get loud, so I put the everything inside a cabinet and am using a Logitech Harmony Hub, controlling everything with an old iPad.

          It’s worth the upgrade. I also bought one for my son who needed an new PC, and he mounted it on the back of his LED TV.

  • Simon

    Hey Legitreviews/Nathan. Thanks for a good review! 🙂
    This review was very interresting to read but it would have been even better if you could have demonstrated game performance with different RAM speeds, and also if you could have shown more reference systems and a few more games because right now its a bit hard to evaluate how much better this performs compared to say a desktop Intel HD 4600, or where it would place compared to a GTX650/750.
    Btw, I really agree with you they should have made it one/half inch taller for better cooling. I actually would have preffered a overdimensioned cooler by big margin rather than this underdimensioned one that encourages ppl to underclock their new system.

    PS. Maybe the reason the TDP went skyhigh was because the memory was much faster than i7-4570R’s max specced RAM-speed (=1600mhz). Anyway still a really interresting aspect of this Brix Pro and before reading this review I didnt knew it would accept that kind of “OC”. I hope gaming-performance scales linearly with RAM speed.

  • Alexander Reusch


    what is this good for?

    Kind regards

  • Felipe

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

    • Simon

      Yes, mSATA + 2.5″ SATA HDD (9mm)

  • 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,

    • Todd Oxenford

      I run Foobar for some ripped SACD’s and it works and sounds great going through Dolby Digital 5.1.

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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.

        • Peter

          Did you have the time to try Brix with the kinect sensor?

        • basroil

          Still no budget for brix, perhaps in another 6mo (though 960m version would be out by then)

  • 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.