Gigabyte Brix Pro Review – GB-BXi7-4770R

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Gaming Performance

The Intel Core i7-4770R processor features Intel Iris Pro 5200, which is the best IGP solution that Intel has to offer. It would be an injustice to not look at how a real game title performs on this system!

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Metro: Last Light is a first-person shooter video game developed by Ukrainian studio 4A Games and published by Deep Silver. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and features action-oriented gameplay with a combination of survival horror elements. It uses the 4A Game engine and was released in May 2013.

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We wanted to see what happened in a newer game title, so we fired up Metro: Last Light and ran some benchmarks at various resolutions with the games built-in benchmark in order to get repeatable results. You can see our exact settings in the screen capture above.

Metro Last Light Benchmark

Benchmark Results: The Gigabyte Brix Pro with Intel Iris Pro graphics actually was able to run Metro Last Light with DX11 Low image quality settings at some pretty decent resolutions. We tossed in a couple benchmark results with the flagship Intel NUC, which is the D54250WYKH that uses the Intel Core i5-4250U processor with Intel HD 5000 graphics. Clearly the Gigabyte Brix Pro with Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics is superior and it looks like the higher IGP clock speeds (up to 1.3GHz) and 128MB of EDRAM really do help gaming performance.

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One thing that we noticed is that sometimes the graphics performance was low and at other times it was fine. Here is a quick look at some Metro LL benchmarks runs. The first run averaged just 12 FPS and the second run run just seconds later was averaging 31 FPS. We thought it might be something to do with throttling, but then why would the second run in this scenario be faster? We also can’t find a way to replicate this issue at will. We pointed this out to Gigabyte and they are looking into it.

Let’s take a look at temperatures, power consumption, noise levels and then wrap this up!

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  • 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.

  • 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

    Hi,

    what is this good for?

    http://unitedserver.de/temp_images/gigabyte.jpg

    Kind regards
    Alex

  • 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.