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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  • 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?

  • 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.