Gigabyte is updating its line of tiny Windows computers by adding 4th generation Intel Core processors. The Gigabyte BRIX is a mini-computer that looks a lot like Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing), but which often have a few options you won’t find in an NUC — such as an optional AMD processor.

Gigabyte’s new models are all Intel-powered, but they feature chips based on Intel’s new Haswell architecture, offering better performance and lower power consumption than their predecessors.

gigabyte brix

The new models will be available with Intel Celeron, Core i3, and Core i5 processors. Each chip is a dual-core processor with a TDP of 15W.

The computers feature 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and headphone jacks with SPDIF. They have mSATA and half-sized mini-PCIe slots and support for up to 16GB of storage via 2 DDR3 SODIMM slots.

Each Gigabyte BRIX system measures 4.5″ x 4.2′ x 1.2″.

The company hasn’t yet revealed a price or release date for the new BRIX models, but you can pick up a barebones model with a 3rd-generation Intel Core “Ivy Bridge” chip for around 300.

via AnandTech

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10 replies on “Gigabyte updates BRIX mini-PC lineup with Haswell chips”

  1. Only 2 USB ports? The intel version has way better ports than this and they are the same price.

  2. I just put together the previous generation (well current until this is released 🙂 of the i3 Brix for my wife and she is really liking it. It is speedier than her old tower and nearly completely quiet. Ubuntu 13.04 runs like a champ on it, however the included wireless is extremely flaky with Linux.

    1. What wireless chip is it using? Realteck and Ralink NICs (both wired and wireless) are pretty crappy under Linux. They’re not that great under Windows either.

      I’m interested in these SFF Intel Core based PCs but not if they’re using anything from Realtek or Ralink.

  3. Do the Celerons have Quick Sync? Also, any rumors of any Linux software adding support for it?

    Are any mini fanless Haswell boxes being announced? Preferably completely sealed ones to prevent dust from going in.

    1. Well, according to Intel’s ARK site, the Celeron doesn’t support Quick Sync.

    2. Mini and fanless doesn’t go together.
      Since fanless equals massive heatsink or absolutely gimped processor.
      And additionally keeping it sealed means the heatsink is also the case, which (again) means it won’t be mini anymore.

    3. There are lots of sealed cases for the NUC and BRIX boards. Compulab offers sealed fanless mini PCs too.I’m sure they’ll get Haswell too. EonWith the litter TDPs, there might be smaller PCs.

  4. I wonder if the Celeron will still have Haswell’s 24p fix. It’s listed with just HD graphics, which may be an older generation gpu or just Intel being confusing.

    1. What Intel does is scale down the GMA from the full version for the Celeron/Pentiums…

      So it’s still based on the same version of the GMA, just scaled down, GT1 has just 6 execution units vs 20 to GT2 and 40 for GT3, and with extra features like Quick Sync, In Tru 3D, and Clear Video HD are usuallty disabled… along with usually lower clock rates and less memory…

      Simple media playback and resolution range support should be the same though…

      While all versions of the Celeron and Pentium models call the GMA HD, regardless of which Core series it’s based on…

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