Gigabyte Brix Pro Review – GB-BXi7-4770R

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

We waited five months to get the Brix Pro in our hands to try out and we are left with mixed emotions. The Gigabyte Brix Pro looks amazing and we love the form factor. The Gigabyte Brix Pro is certainly chunky compared to the Intel NUC, but we can let that slide. The inputs and outputs on the device are good enough for our needs today and we really like the 4K Ultra HD monitor support. The only thing we’d change is the stacked USB 3.0 ports on the front of the Brix Pro as pretty much all of our high-end USB 3.0 Flash Drives blocked the other port. If Gigabyte went to a side-by-side USB port configuration with some spacing between them that would fix that issue. All in all the unit looks great and is highly function.

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Inside the Gigabyte Brix Pro we found the motherboard to be solid, but the BIOS was a bit lacking. For a $500+ DIY PC we expect to see a full UEFI BIOS with more features and end user functionality, unfortunately you don’t get that with the Brix Pro. The latest BIOS added the ability to adjust memory clock speeds, so maybe Gigabyte will unlock more features like that down the road. The CPU Cooler on the Gigabyte Brix Pro might work well on models with lesser processors, but wasn’t up to snuff for the Intel Core i7-4770R and its rated 65W TDP. The Gigabyte Brix Pro struggles to keep this processor cool when you put it under any substantial load and it gets pretty load when the fan ramps up. Intel says that 100C load temperatures are within spec, but many of our readers will end up avoiding this system due to the temperatures and fan noise.

Overall system performance was impressive as this small system had incredible performance in both CPU and GPU intensive tasks. We were really impressed how Intel Iris Pro 5200 integrated graphics was able to play DirectX 11 game titles like Metro Last Light as we’ve never been able to play recent tier 1 game titles on Intel integrated graphics before! Intel has made good improvements when it comes to improving graphics performance and they’ve been keeping up on their promise of having quarterly driver updates. Intel doesn’t support game day drivers yet for big titles, but they are making big strides.

When it comes to pricing the Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R runs $649.99, but you can also step down to the models like the GB-BXi5-4570R for $499.99. In fact that model might be a better choice for many as it costs less, still has Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 and might not have as severe the thermal issues that we saw on the Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R. Then again it also uses a 65W TDP processor. Here is a breakdown of our build cost for the model we reviewed today.

That puts the grand total for this build at $1101.85 shipped for all the parts.

 Gigabyte Brix Pro

At the end of the day we are excited by how much power Gigabyte was able to put in a tiny PC that was just 0.79 liters, but we are also disappointed that they couldn’t get better thermals. In fact we’d be happy with a slightly taller system if that would mean better thermals. For example, if Gigabyte should have made this system another 12.7mm (half inch) thicker to support a larger heatsink would we not be sitting at 100C and thermally throttling?

Legit Bottom Line: The Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R is a great system, but the thermal solution just isn’t keep the Intel Core i7-4770R from throttling and you end up with a noisy system.

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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.

        • 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.