Gigabyte is getting ready to add a few new computers to its BRIX family of mini PCs. The Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXCE-3205 is a compact computer with a 15 watt Intel Celeron 3205U Haswell processor, while the BRIX GB-BACE-3000 features an even lower-power 4 watt Celeron N3000 Braswell chip.

Fanless Tech obtained a document that provides some specs for the upcoming systems.

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The model with the Braswell chip features room in the case for a 2.5 inch hard drive, 1 memory slot for up to 8GB of storage, and a range of ports including four USB 3.0 ports, VGA, and HDMI ports, Gigabit Ethernet. The system also features 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

It measures about 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 2.2″ and there’s a decent chance this system will be fanless.

Gigabyte already offers several BRIX mini PCs with Broadwell chips, but the model with the Celeron 3205U will probably be one of the most affordable of the bunch. While this model will probably offer better performance than the Braswell version, the Gigabyte BRIX BXCE-3205 is actually a bit smaller, measuring 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 1.3″.

That’s because Gigabyte left out the 2.5 inch drive bay in this model, and instead included a smaller mSATA SSD slot. The Broadwell version also has 2 memory card slots for up to 16GB of RAM.

There’s no word on how much the new BRIX systems will cost or when they’ll be available. But a barebones Gigabyte BRIX PC with an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor sells for about $100. It’s likely that the Braswell version won’t cost much more than that… although you’ll probably need to supply your own memory, storage, and operating system.

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4 replies on “Gigabyte BRIX mini PC with Intel Braswell chip coming soon”

  1. I wonder if these are using those poor heat transfer pads for cooling, like most of these mini PCs.. I definitely wouldn’t put a 2.5″ hdd in there, as it would fry. The cooling should be sufficient for the internal or hdd temperature not to exceed over ~50 degrees C at any time.

    1. Previous model had a nice regular CPU cooler, with enough room for convection 😉

    1. You need an i5 or i7, H or HQ class laptop CPU to get Iris Pro 6200.

      H, HQ, M, and MQ laptop chips use socket FCBGA1364. The only Mini PC so far to use that socket was the Brix GB-BXi7-4770R. They haven’t announced a Broadwell version, so don’t hold your breath.

      Correction: It turns out Gigabyte made several more H and HQ series powered Brix models in their Brix Gaming lineup, but they all use the HD 4600, but they have a discrete graphics card, so it doesn’t really matter at that point.

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