Gigabyte Launches AMD-powered Brix Gaming PC

Gigabyte today announced a brand new addition to its Brix line of compact computers; this time the company is taking aim squarely at gamers.

 

Dubbed the Gigabyte Brix Gaming, the little box is based on AMD technology and packs AMD's A8-5557M APU as well as Radeon R9 M275X discrete graphics. It supports both mSATA SSD and standard 2.5-inch SATA hard drive installation as well as Mini DisplayPort and HDMI. The Brix Gaming includes USB 3.0 x 4 (two up front and two in the back), Gigabit Ethernet, a Mini PCIe module for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0.

 

The whole thing measures 59.6 x 128 x 115.4 mm and comes with a VESA bracket for mounting the system behind your monitor or TV.

The unveiling of the Brix Gaming comes less than a month after Gigabyte introduced us to the Brix Pro with Iris Pro graphics at CES in Las Vegas. Not long after the Brix Pro's unveiling, Intel provided Valve's Steam developers with 12,000 Brix Pro units.

Now with SteamOS supporting AMD systems, this could pave the way for another variant of Steam Machine from Gigabyte.

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  • Spelli
    An interesting concept, but inappropriate tech for gamers. This CPU will bottleneck pretty much any non-casual game (and some casual browser games).I would like to see this chassis with a 45W A8-7600 with an optional dedicated GPU, maybe up to an R7 260X if cooling allows it.The A8-7600 chugs 35W. I have no data on the R9 M275X, but it's probably in the 35W range, too. Both components together are sure to sip more wattage than an A8-7600 alone while delivering inconsistent gaming performance due to the underequipped CPU.
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  • de5_Roy
    i don't think amd has enough money to give away that many free pcs. however, i'd like gigabyte to build low power kaveri based brix gaming pcs, may be another variant with dual gfx-able discreet gpus. those will be easily cheaper than iris pro based $800-1k brix pro pcs.
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  • jerm1027
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    An interesting concept, but inappropriate tech for gamers. This CPU will bottleneck pretty much any non-casual game (and some casual browser games).I would like to see this chassis with a 45W A8-7600 with an optional dedicated GPU, maybe up to an R7 260X if cooling allows it.The A8-7600 chugs 35W. I have no data on the R9 M275X, but it's probably in the 35W range, too. Both components together are sure to sip more wattage than an A8-7600 alone while delivering inconsistent gaming performance due to the underequipped CPU.
    I don't think that CPU will be much of a bottleneck considering it's a quad-core. Here is the most helpful info I could find, coming from Tech Report:
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    For those not intimately familiar with AMD's mobile product family, the A8-5557M is a quad-core part with a 2.1GHz base speed, a 3.1GHz peak Turbo speed and a 35W thermal envelope, according to CPU-World. We haven't seen official specs for the Radeon R9 M275X. Considering the rest of the M2-series Radeons seem to be made up of re-badged 8000M-series offerings, however, the M275X may be no different. We're told it performs roughly on par with the desktop Radeon HD 7750, in any case.
    Given the "X" moniker, likely a re-bradge of the 8000 series (which, in turn, are re-bradged 7000 series), and rough performance expectations, I'd say that's a Chelsea XT GPU there, which is in the 7770M and has a 32W TDP.I agree that it's not really appropriate for the typical gamer, but the this is a fair bit gaming horsepower in this form factor. I think it's impressive. Would have been more so if Gigabyte waited for the mobile release of Kaveri
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