Gigabyte today launched the BRIX Pro featuring Intel's Iris Pro graphics. We first heard about this model of BRIX back in September, at IDF San Francisco. Gigabyte had three models of BRIX at IDF including one that was rumored to have Iris Pro graphics and possibly the Core i7-4770R.
Gigabyte today made things official, announcing the BRIX Pro with the aforementioned Intel Core i7-4770R and Iris Pro graphics 5200. Users will actually have a choice between the Core i7-4770R or Core i5-4570R, and the BRIX Pro will ship with a WiFi Mini PCIe module pre-installed as well as a power adapter and cable.
Under the hood, you're looking at two SO-DIMM DD3L slots, support for mSATA SSD and standard 2.5-inch SSD installation, as well as Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 4x USB 3.0 (two in the front, two in the back), Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The whole package measures 62 x 114.4 x 111.4 mm. No word on price or release date just yet, but we'll keep you posted. Stay tuned for hands on impressions!
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Intel started adding them in the Haswell based NUCs.
"The power cord needed is a C6 type that plugs into the power adapter's C5 type connector. The 3-plug C6 connector is also known as a cloverleaf connector. It does keep costs for Intel down, but it would have been really nice to localize this component to the country of sale"
It is cheap to not add something that costs just a couple dollars/pounds retail but hey I guess they will pass the saving on to us customers....
The production SKU of the D54250WYK is supposed to include the power cord. This has been confirmed in several reviews which include the following message from the Intel PR team:
"The pre-production NUC units we sent you did not have power cords. This is because we did not want to card multiple SKUs of pre-production units. However, with our production SKUs we WILL have power cord options for US, EU, and UK. We'll also continue to carry "no cord" SKUs for markets that have other adapters."
Seems like it would make a good media box, but again seems like overkill on the CPU.
A compact desktop seems like a good target, too, but AGAIN, CPU would be overkill.
So, who exactly is this for?
Care to admit we are both right in some context?