The Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXBT-2807 is a tiny desktop computer with a 4.3 Watt, Intel Celeron N2807 Bay Trail processor and Intel HD graphics. It’s not just the 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 2.2″ computer that’s small though: So is the price tag.
Gigabyte is now selling its low-power BRIX PC for $130 or less. It’s available from Newegg for $123 or from Amazon for about $125.
The little desktop has 1 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and Gigabite Ethernet, and a mini PCIe card with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
There’s a single DDR3L 1333 memory card slot and a 2.5 inch drive bay for a hard drive or solid state drive.
Intel’s Celeron 2807 processor is a 22nm, 64-bit chip based on the same architecture as the Atom Bay Trail chips used in laptops and tablets. With a TDP of 4.3W and 3W SDP (Scenario Design Power), the dual-core chip doesn’t use much more power than a typical tablet… but it should offer slightly better performance.
It features Intel HD graphics with a base frequency of 313 MHz and burst frequencies up to 750 MHz, and should be able to handle HD video playback or up to 2 displays.
While the Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXBT-2807 probably won’t have enough power to replace you gaming rig, it could serve as a small media center PC or low-power desktop system. Just bear in mind that while the PC itself costs less than $130, you’ll still need to supply memory, storage, and an operating system, which can drive up the total cost of the system.
via Fanless Tech
Good to see some variety, not just the options from either Zotac or Shuttle as was the case a few years ago, but it feels more like an Intel-fostered rather than consumer-driven phenomenon, i.e. old inventory intended for higher-margin tablets but being unloaded via the latest pseudo-NUC of the week instead
This is a Bay Trail M chip though. They’re not intended to go into tablets but into low end notebooks/compact PCs. From my own subjective view, it seems these micro PCs are gaining demand while medium to large desktops are losing it. Small PCs are the current in thing especially for TV connected PCs I guess.
For me, while these aren’t as small as ARM sticks, they’re much more user friendly. I’m definitely going to replace my “huge” desktop with one of these micro PCs. I’ve always wanted to do that but previous nano/pico-ITX sized boards usually cost several times this box for just a bare board with a soldered on CPU unless I went with a mini-ITX form factor.
The demand seems artificial. I remember when you just took apart an old laptop to make a “compact appliance.” No one — not Gigabyte, not Asus, probably not Intel — is making bank from these ~$150 mini-desktops that are selling nearly at cost. Who out there orders up a shipment of 1,000 Brix or VivoPCs?
Re-purposing makes sense in SOME cases, NOT ALL. If looks are not an issue then by all means take apart a laptop with a broken screen. I got two, one with mess up charge port and USB ports (HP), that I will eventually fix at some point (Athlon XP) and another HP that I bricked on accident, needs a new BIOS chip.
That said the demand for devices as small or smaller than current set-top offerings make sense. There is a sizable HTPC market and a sizable downsizing market.
Mini-ITX systems are becoming more popular even for gaming rigs because you hardly need to run more than one video card anymore for even the most demanding games. The CPU/APU use less power, which means you can run enthusiast level video cards on smaller power supplies too.
If I needed to supply a small office with some affordable Windows boxes, I would consider the Intel NUC and Brix automatically especially if there’s a centralized server with all the information and doing all the backup/archiving.
In a normal desktop environment; I would replace my mother’s CoreDuo Dell with one of these in an instant if it suddenly died or something. She doesn’t need more than i3 power and could likely get away with Celeron dual core power.
She runs a security camera system in it but that can be easily updated to a series of wireless IP cameras in the same locations, 12v is already there, just don’t use the BNG cables (just leave them).
There IS only 1 “Bay Trail” die. They just fuse off cores and memory channels to suit whatever market they are addressing.
Its not “OLD” inventory … its “FLEXIBLE” inventory 🙂
I built one of the AMD versions of one of these for my wife’s grandma – easy assembly, good enough performance, and a surprisingly small size. I was pretty impressed and I haven’t heard any complaints from her either.
Could you post your config? Thanks!
Sure, it was:
– Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXA8-5545 – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I0G7E7S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00I0G7E7S&linkCode=as2&tag=hn073-20
– 2 x 4GB G.Skill 204-Pin DDR3 1333 1.35v – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GIHO4GK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00GIHO4GK&linkCode=as2&tag=hn073-20
– Crucial M500 240GB mSATA – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RKT4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00BQ8RKT4&linkCode=as2&tag=hn073-20
I mainly went with what was on sale at the time for the RAM & SSD, so you might find something else to be a better choice today.
When you plug into a wall outlet, Atom can’t compete with the Core CPU. The Celeron 2955U is much faster than Celeron N2807… and a chromebox with 2GB ram and 16GB SSD is only $179. Atom is not for wall power… and this even has a fan! My chromebox is 5W at idle (not suspended)… I want to burn more power when I need it. Atom is for battery powered devices or fanless ones.
This doesn’t have a fan. Your chromebox does. I agree this isn’t great value, though, especially compared to the Zotac n2930 fanless box that should only be marginally more expensive. That processor is more comparable to the 2955u.
Also, some people want to be able to install Windows or Linux without jumping through hoops like with a chromebox, but that’s a separate discussion.
Fanless. Did not read that in the description. What are the holes is the case for? Looks like ones for a fan.
Checked Gigabyte’s official page. No mention of it being fanless. You think they would mention that… silent and fanless. The Intel NUC version has a fan.
It it fanless though.
This is for the appliance/thin-client segment — the Chrome branded products have some aspiration to “productivity” but use mobile chips too
Hey, for slightly more money you can have a slightly better box!!
You don’t say, huh!?
That’s not cheap considering it’s an Atom barebone not a PC, you can do better than this easily.
Yes! … tell us more about these “easy better options” of which you speak. 🙂
Is anything else upgradeable besides memory and storage?
FanlessTech says there’s a half-height mini-PCIe slot.
I believe that’s taken by WiFi, but if you don’t need WiFi then you should be able to swap in something else.
It’s upgradeable like he asked.
I’d put in 802.11ac. I only have one device with a 3×3 802.11ac module so far. I get 400 – 500 Mbits/s real world transfer rates between two floors. Cool stuff.
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