Gigabyte BRIX S BSi7H-6500 Ultra Compact PC Kit Review

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Power Consumption and CPU Temperatures

BRIX GB-BSi7H-6500 Inside

Checking Out The GB-BSi7H-6500 CPU Cooler!

We aren’t sure how energy efficient the Gigabyte BRIX S BSi7H-6500 is, so we figured we’d take a look and see how much power the system uses.


We found the the entire system was consuming 8.6 Watts of power from the wall outlet at idle and just 1.2W at sleep. When watching Youtube 1080P videos we averaged 12.7 Watts of power draw. When running the AIDA64 System Stability test the system power consumption topped out just shy of 40 Watts.

One interesting thing we noted is that when the system had troubles with sleep mode. If Windows 10 Pro went to sleep on its own or if we manually put the system to sleep it wouldn’t wake back up. We had to hold the power button down in order to get the system to shut off. We reported the issue to Gigabyte and they are looking into it!

aida64 stress test

AIDA64 reported that the Intel Core i7-6500U processor idled at 0.440V with a core temperature of 38C. With the built-in AIDA64 stress test we found that we got up to 85-87C on the two CPU cores at 0.552V. The noise level of the CPU coolers fan wasn’t too bad, but you could certainly hear it spinning at nearly 5,300 RPM. At idle the fan was pretty much inaudible a normal environment. We used the standard stress test with GPU included in our ~17 minute test.

Let’s wrap this review up!

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  • jirages

    I struggled with the bios for a few days, and finally…
    If you flash any bios whilst the usb stick starts in UEFI mode, the flashing doesn’t finalise.
    The AFUDOS or flash.bat will execute the b/n/e regions but not the MER (intel managment engine)
    always an error message with memory full and ME was not flashed.
    Remove all usb’s except keyboard,

    go to last page in bios
    chose reset defaults and save – exit- restart in bios
    go to save and exit once more
    force boot from USB (WITHOUT UEFI before USB stick’s name)
    here all will flash perfect, all blocks and Intel engine

  • Tejas Gajjar

    could you review GB-BKi7HA-7500 7th generation please,

    and i have seend new update on their websites would it be able to resolve issues yoiu met…

    thankl you

  • Nuno G.

    Oh boy, only HDMI 1.4, DDR3 and no USB 3.1?!?
    Does this support UEFI ?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      yes, it does support UEFI and I setup the OS with it enabled. It just doesn’t look like it as the BIOS/UEFI GUI is setup for notebook users as that is the team doing the development work. I’ll note that better in the review!

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