Gigabyte’s BRIX line of computers are tiny desktop PCs that often aren’t much larger than a small stack of CD cases. But the company also has a few models with higher-power CPU and graphics capabilities that require a little more room to breathe.

Last year Gigabyte introduced the Brix Skylake UHD with NVIDIA graphics and a case that measures just 4.3″ x 4.3″ wide, but 8.6″ tall.

Now the company is showing off a follow-up called the BRIX Gaming VR. It’s about the same size, but packs even more powerful hardware.

The Gigabyte BRIX Gaming VR GB-BNi7HG6-1060 is powered by an Intel Kay Lake processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics.

It has two M.2 2280 slots for solid state storage, 2 SODIMM slots for DDR4-2133 memory, and room for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD.

As you’d expect from a machine designed for gaming, there are plenty of ports, including a Gigabit Ethernet jack, 2 Mini DisplayPort and 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3. Type-C port, and a USB 3.1 Type-A port as well as mic and headphone jacks.

The system also supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2.

Gigabyte says you can connect multiple 4K displays, outfit the system with plenty of storage, and have room for an Intel Optane memory module to boost storage performance.

While this system is not fanless, Gigabyte does say it’s relatively quite, only generating 35dB of sound under peak load, and lower noise levels at less resource-intensive tasks.

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8 replies on “Latest Gigabyte Brix Gaming is a compact, VR-ready desktop PC”

  1. This is great…. until you see the price.
    And even if you splurge on it… it won’t be so great when you want to give it an upgrade.
    The CPU probably not upgradeable. Not sure about the RAM. The SSD slots are good.
    But when cheaper and faster GPUs are out there… you’re SOL.

    You’re much better off either getting the MSI Trident…
    ….or building your own Compact PC in a case such as: FractalDesign Core 500, Node 202, Silverstone RVZ02, Dan Case A4-SFX, Dr Zaber Sentry.

    1. The FractalDesign Core 500 is 8x10x15; the Node 202 is 3x15x13. The other “small” cases on the market are equally enormous. The Gigabyte is 4x4x8. People like me, who appreciate the tiny footprint and still want performance, are the target audience for this. I would gladly pay this price if I could just find the unit offered somewhere. All I’m finding are the earlier versions.

      I suspect you’re right about the upgrades. RAM will be easily upgradable, but I can’t tell how accessible either the CPU or Graphics card will be. But who knows? If this takes off, maybe down the line Gigabyte will offer motherboard upgrades built for these cases.

  2. I expect the price will be above what most people interested in this would pay.

  3. Ok, this is nice. I was going to build a workstation, but this might work.
    For me – it’s all down to the noise. I hope SPCR test this thing (if the site is still alive).

  4. Hey Brad,
    I think you meant to say “lower noise levels” in the last sentence 🙂

    1. Hehe, good point. As far as I’m aware, the audio output from the speaker jack does not get lower when the system is working harder. 🙂

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