Ebay / wcwmedia - Gigabyte Brix GB-XM14-1037 Ultra Compact PC barebones Celeron 1.8GHz NEW - £89.99 - HotUKDeals
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#1
Nice bits of kit for the money, a USB drive plus a flirc and you have an almost perfect XBMC playback device.
#2
Great price for a pretty powerful proper little PC - not an Atom - and cheap if you have some spare SODIMMs older smaller mSATA drives and/or upgrade later.
#3
The Ivy Bridge based Celeron 1037u is remarkably similar in performance in most ways to the i3 3217u that appears in many NUC's
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-3217U-vs-Intel-Celeron-1037U

I think I'll get one of these rather than spend +£200 on the i3 NUC I've been considering.

Heat!
#4
Be aware that the image shown on the ebay listing does not correspond to the specification and that it doesn't have any usb 3.0 ports.
#5
Thanks, yes it's the wrong pic as no USB3

I've ordered one for a media PC setup, seems like a decent spec and price considering mostly Atom based devices at this price point and the Celeron 1037u is far better.
#6
Does this come with a CPU/RAM/HDD?
Or is it a case and motherboard?
#7
Would this be decent to use as a media server instead of my NAS? I love my little NAS, but it does have terrible transfer speeds and it'd be nice to have something that can transcode on the fly.
#8
Love the form factor but if the i7 had a discrete GPU, it would be a killer.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/5057/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxi7-review-mini-powerhouse-with-i7

The Brix in this deal is a bit too stripped down for my liking.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/5059/3/gigabyte-brix-gb-xm14-1037-review-affordable-mini-pc-benchmarks

Edited By: Picard123 on Dec 05, 2014 14:41: .
#9
would this run Minecraft ok? Thanks
#10
"no analog audio jacks for speakers or a headset."

How are you supposed to get sound out of this thing?
#11
Picard123
"no analog audio jacks for speakers or a headset."

How are you supposed to get sound out of this thing?

HDMI??
#12
so, much like the NUC's
do i need to buy extra a power cable, ram and storage for this?
#13
Jakeway
Does this come with a CPU/RAM/HDD?
Or is it a case and motherboard?

The BRIX is sold as a DIY PC kit, shipping with a Wi-Fi Mini PCIe module pre-installed, plus a power adapter and cable conforming to local standards. Requiring only system memory and mSATA SSD, the BRIX gives users the flexibility to independently choose integrated storage and system memory size, without the trouble of sourcing components that are not widely available on the retail market.
#14
mSATA is the downer for me - would be cheaper to build up a PC if it could accommodate a 2.5" SSD
2 Likes #15
I bought the GB-BXBT-2807 for a fiver more from Maplin two days ago, which has USB3 and SATA.

Lovely bit of kit but the BIOS out of the box is basically broken - make sure you update this before anything, otherwise most things don't work.

Now that it's updated it's a superb XBMC box.

EDIT: This one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxbt-2807-25-hdd-celeron-barebone-mini-pc-a50rl


Edited By: seanyseansean on Dec 05, 2014 15:24
3 Likes #16
Oh, and remember to get *low power* DDR3 for these. It needs to be the 1.3v stuff, the normal 1.5v will *not* work. I found this out the hard way.
#17
seanyseansean
I bought the GB-BXBT-2807 for a fiver more from Maplin two days ago, which has USB3 and SATA.

Lovely bit of kit but the BIOS out of the box is basically broken - make sure you update this before anything, otherwise most things don't work.

Now that it's updated it's a superb XBMC box.

...but the Maplin one is only N2807 so about half the performance (passmark). For some purposes the weaker CPU more than offsets the benefit of USB3 etc.

EDIT: This one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxbt-2807-25-hdd-celeron-barebone-mini-pc-a50rl

#18
seanyseansean
I bought the GB-BXBT-2807 for a fiver more from Maplin two days ago, which has USB3 and SATA.

Lovely bit of kit but the BIOS out of the box is basically broken - make sure you update this before anything, otherwise most things don't work.

Now that it's updated it's a superb XBMC box.

EDIT: This one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxbt-2807-25-hdd-celeron-barebone-mini-pc-a50rl

I've had the GB-BXBT-2807 for ~5 months without updating the bios and it's been fine, what problems were you having? I see there's an update on the Gigabyte website but I can't see a changelog. Just wondering if it's worth me updating when everything seems to be okay as it is.
#19
Sorry to be stupid but would this have the potential to run Windows 7 and would anything need to be done to it to do so? Thanks
#20
seanyseansean
I bought the GB-BXBT-2807 for a fiver more from Maplin two days ago, which has USB3 and SATA.

Lovely bit of kit but the BIOS out of the box is basically broken - make sure you update this before anything, otherwise most things don't work.

Now that it's updated it's a superb XBMC box.

EDIT: This one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxbt-2807-25-hdd-celeron-barebone-mini-pc-a50rl


Is this the same one at £89.94.delivered?

http://www.ballicom.co.uk/gbbxbt2807-gigabyte-brix-gbbxbt2807-rev-10--celeron-n2807-158-ghz--0-mb--0-gb.p1073532.html?ref=PLA&gclid=CMOI086ir8ICFW7MtAodIWsATA
#21
dave_lunt2
Sorry to be stupid but would this have the potential to run Windows 7 and would anything need to be done to it to do so? Thanks

Yes, but you'd need RAM and a HDD.
#22
Jameseh
dave_lunt2
Sorry to be stupid but would this have the potential to run Windows 7 and would anything need to be done to it to do so? Thanks

Yes, but you'd need RAM and a HDD.

Thanks for your reply. Would these need to be mounted separately/externally? They could be ideal for a work application.
#23
neily
seanyseansean
I bought the GB-BXBT-2807 for a fiver more from Maplin two days ago, which has USB3 and SATA.

Lovely bit of kit but the BIOS out of the box is basically broken - make sure you update this before anything, otherwise most things don't work.

Now that it's updated it's a superb XBMC box.

EDIT: This one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxbt-2807-25-hdd-celeron-barebone-mini-pc-a50rl


Is this the same one at £89.94.delivered?

http://www.ballicom.co.uk/gbbxbt2807-gigabyte-brix-gbbxbt2807-rev-10--celeron-n2807-158-ghz--0-mb--0-gb.p1073532.html?ref=PLA&gclid=CMOI086ir8ICFW7MtAodIWsATA

Yes, that's the one.
#24
ryuker
seanyseansean
I bought the GB-BXBT-2807 for a fiver more from Maplin two days ago, which has USB3 and SATA.

Lovely bit of kit but the BIOS out of the box is basically broken - make sure you update this before anything, otherwise most things don't work.

Now that it's updated it's a superb XBMC box.

EDIT: This one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxbt-2807-25-hdd-celeron-barebone-mini-pc-a50rl

I've had the GB-BXBT-2807 for ~5 months without updating the bios and it's been fine, what problems were you having? I see there's an update on the Gigabyte website but I can't see a changelog. Just wondering if it's worth me updating when everything seems to be okay as it is.

This is all under Linux, not Windows:

> Graphics freezes
> Didn't reboot (just hung)
> Couldn't get into BIOS half the time
> Sometimes refused to book from SSD

All this seems fixed with the latest BIOS and it's running very nicely indeed.
#25
seanyseansean
neily
seanyseansean
I bought the GB-BXBT-2807 for a fiver more from Maplin two days ago, which has USB3 and SATA.

Lovely bit of kit but the BIOS out of the box is basically broken - make sure you update this before anything, otherwise most things don't work.

Now that it's updated it's a superb XBMC box.

EDIT: This one http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/gigabyte-brix-gb-bxbt-2807-25-hdd-celeron-barebone-mini-pc-a50rl


Is this the same one at £89.94.delivered?

http://www.ballicom.co.uk/gbbxbt2807-gigabyte-brix-gbbxbt2807-rev-10--celeron-n2807-158-ghz--0-mb--0-gb.p1073532.html?ref=PLA&gclid=CMOI086ir8ICFW7MtAodIWsATA

Yes, that's the one.

Cheers.
#26
Need something to run 1080p 24p high quality big file (30gig) blu ray rips plus some flac's.
only as a media box running XBMC. Looking for something quick with flawless picture.
Dont mind slower menu, but movies and picture quality must be perfect.
Would this do?
#27
Having read about that other model that can take an SSD and stuff, I got nervous that I hadn't picked up a bargain as I bought somewhat on impulse, but checking on pass mark the n2087 is 50% slower in speed:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+1037U+%40+1.80GHz
vs
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+N2807+%40+1.58GHz&id=2263,

EDIT: was wondering if something like this would be useful (with a couple of cables coming out of the case) to convert a 2.5"SSD http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mSATA-Mini-PCI-E-SATA-3-0-SSD-to-NGFF-M-2-B-M-Key-Male-Adapter-Converter-Card-/181596647668?pt=UK_Computing_Drive_Cables_Adapters&hash=item2a4800f0f4


Edited By: kerridge0 on Dec 05, 2014 16:35
1 Like #28
kerridge0
Having read about that other model that can take an SSD and stuff, I got nervous that I hadn't picked up a bargain as I bought somewhat on impulse, but checking on pass mark the n2087 is 50% slower in speed:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+1037U+%40+1.80GHz
vs
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Celeron+N2807+%40+1.58GHz&id=2263,

EDIT: was wondering if something like this would be useful (with a couple of cables coming out of the case) to convert a 2.5"SSD http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mSATA-Mini-PCI-E-SATA-3-0-SSD-to-NGFF-M-2-B-M-Key-Male-Adapter-Converter-Card-/181596647668?pt=UK_Computing_Drive_Cables_Adapters&hash=item2a4800f0f4
I was put off by the other models that use the 2807/2820/2830 Atom based CPU as their performance is considerably slower than this Celeron that's based on the Ivy Bridge CPU architecture.

They all have their place but this Celeron 1037u gives really good performance for such a low power consumption and is very nearly as good as the i3 3217 that's used in Intel NUC's that typicaly cost over £200. So for me, this was £100 less for nearly the same performance, the saving allowed me to buy an SSD and memory stick (I have an OS already)

Plenty of reviews (link) about this and a nice guide HERE

I ordered one today and also THIS ssd from Amazon and this memory stick HERE (this is an item recommened by Gigabyte in their tested parts list (here)




Edited By: spannerzone on Dec 05, 2014 17:14: added info
banned#29
Would this run football manager with ease?

And be competent enough to use as a stream streamer?
#30
All sold now :-(
#31
I can't believe WCW Media has made it to the UK before WWE Network!

Edited By: iamthegr81 on Dec 05, 2014 18:39
#32
hello

looks like i have missed out on this. i found this on ccl - how do you think it compares price and performance wise considering it includes the necessary HDD and RAM?

CCL Alpha BrixBox Mini PC


thanks
1 Like #33
remm
hello

looks like i have missed out on this. i found this on ccl - how do you think it compares price and performance wise considering it includes the necessary HDD and RAM?

CCL Alpha BrixBox Mini PC


thanks
That has the n2807 Celeron which is based on the Bay Trail processor and somewhat less powerful than the 1037u Celeron Ivy Bridge processor which is based more on a desktop CPU whereas teh Bay Trail are designed as lower power consumption for small devices.

The Celeron naming is now put on so many variations it's really hard to know what's what without looking closely at the specs. The Bay Trail (Atom) processors aren't necessarily bad but they're generally slower than other Celeron branded CPU's such as the 847 and 1037 Celerons
Celeron 1037u vs N2807
Celerons on Wiki


Edited By: spannerzone on Dec 05, 2014 20:32
#34
spannerzone
remm
hello
looks like i have missed out on this. i found this on ccl - how do you think it compares price and performance wise considering it includes the necessary HDD and RAM?CCL Alpha BrixBox Mini PC
thanks
That has the n2807 Celeron which is based on the Bay Trail processor and somewhat less powerful than the 1037u Celeron Ivy Bridge processor which is based more on a desktop CPU whereas teh Bay Trail are designed as lower power consumption for small devices.
The Celeron naming is now put on so many variations it's really hard to know what's what without looking closely at the specs. The Bay Trail (Atom) processors aren't necessarily bad but they're generally slower than other Celeron branded CPU's such as the 847 and 1037 CeleronsCeleron 1037u vs N2807
Celerons on Wiki

thanks. just the answer i was looking for. i guess i will have to keep my eyes open to another deal like this one.
#35
stealth666
Picard123
"no analog audio jacks for speakers or a headset."

How are you supposed to get sound out of this thing?
HDMI??

I've never seen speaker or earphones with an HDMI connection.....
#36
xclarkyx
Would this run football manager with ease?

Not with ease. FM2015 is a massive CPU hog with all that number crunching.
#37
Picard123
stealth666
Picard123
"no analog audio jacks for speakers or a headset."

How are you supposed to get sound out of this thing?
HDMI??

I've never seen speaker or earphones with an HDMI connection.....

I suppose you could use one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dynamode-USB-Sound-Card-7/dp/B003QADH9C

Not ideal but would work.
#38
carambar
Picard123
stealth666
Picard123
"no analog audio jacks for speakers or a headset."

How are you supposed to get sound out of this thing?
HDMI??

I've never seen speaker or earphones with an HDMI connection.....

I suppose you could use one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dynamode-USB-Sound-Card-7/dp/B003QADH9C

Not ideal but would work.
Yeah those USB soundcards would work but a real shame they don;t fit the headphone socket on this model as other models with identical motherboards (but different CPU) do have headphones. Ultimately you can plug headphones into the TV or AMP wherever the HDMI connects to I guess.
#39
For anyone interested, the item arrived quickly and is exactly as described and works really well, with an SSD it boots up in seconds and is pretty nippy. Very pleased.

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