Gigabyte’s BRIX small form factor PCs have been at the forefront of Intel’s NUC push from the beginning and now with Iris Pro graphics, they’re taking it to the next level.
The BRIX is one of the most powerful small form factor PCs currently available but it was never what one would call powerful. Now, with new AMD options and other SKUs featuring Intel’s Iris Pro graphics subsystem, GIGABYTE may have found the right combination of good CPU power alongside GPUs that can handle games at 720P.
Gigabyte is even working on some proof-of-concept external GPU designs to further increase the BRIX’s horsepower.
Both Dmitry and Matt are attending CES and in the video below, they explain more about the BRIX and what’s coming up from GIGABYTE in 2014. It looks to be the year of the SFF chassis.
Meanwhile, GIGABYTE’s BRIX press release can be found in its entirety below. It certainly looks like an interesting system.
Make sure you check out GIGABYTE’s web page for it HERE.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd.,is proud to announce the next generation GIGABYTE BRIX Pro, a compact DIY PC kit that features professional CPU performance and visually stunning graphics support with the Intel® i7 Core™ 4770R processor featuring the Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics 5200.
“The GIGABYTE BRIX Pro is the perfect showcase for Intel’s exceptional Iris Pro graphics technology,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “The deceptively compact BRIX Pro packs a high-performance, desktop-class processor that is highly suited to processor-intensive creative applications and 3D gaming titles.”
The BRIX Pro takes the signature compact design philosophy of the GIGABYTE BRIX series, adding a high-performance Intel® Core™ i7/i5 processor featuring Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics 5200. As well as a featuring a true high-performance processor that is ideally suited to CPU-intensive applications like image design and video editing, the superior graphics performance of the BRIX Pro means it’s also great for 3D gaming.
Available in black and red, with a choice Intel® Core™ i7 4770R or Core™ i5 4570R processors respectively, the BRIX Pro is a DIY PC kit, shipping with a Wi-Fi Mini PCIe module pre-installed, plus power adapter and cable.
The BRIX Pro gives users the flexibility to independently choose integrated storage and system memory sizes, with two SO-DIMM DD3L slots plus support for both mSATA SSD and standard 2.5” SSD installation.
Intel Iris ProIntel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200
The BRIX Pro is one of the first devices to boast the cutting edge graphics capabilities of Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics. Based on the latest graphics architecture from Intel®, Iris™ Pro Graphics use an on-package 64M eDRAM cache that negates memory pipeline issues, greatly boosting overall performance in 3D applications.
Display and Audio Connectivity:
The GIGABYTE BRIX Pro features both Mini DisplayPort and HDMI ports on the rear panel, enabling support for simultaneous dual display connectivity, making it suited to both the work place, home theater and entertainment scenarios, including casual 3D gaming. The GIGABYTE BRIX Pro also supports the latest 4K displays via HDMI. Audio connectivity includes SPDIF audio via a front panel connector, useful in Home Theater scenarios that use an A/V receiver.
USB 3.0 and Network Connectivity:
The GIGABYTE BRIX Pro provides four USB 3.0 ports* (2x front plus 2x rear) offering improved connectivity for peripherals, storage devices and more. In addition to including a Gigabit Ethernet port, the GIGABYTE BRIX Pro also includes a Mini PCIe module offering 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth 4.0, providing connectivity for low power Bluetooth devices and peripherals, as well as allowing users to easily connect their mobile devices.
Bundled with a VESA bracket, the BRIX Pro can easily be mounted behind a monitor or HDTV making it discreetly hidden from view. This offers a simple and elegant way to turn any VESA-compliant display or TV into a full-featured PC or digital signage unit.