Gigabyte BRIX Gaming Ultra Compact PC £178.98 @ ebuyer
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Gigabyte BRIX Gaming Ultra Compact PC £178.98 @ ebuyer

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Found 6th Sep 2015
Gigabyte Brix GB-BXA8G-8890 Gaming Barebone.
You will have to add memory ( SO-DIMM DDR3L Slots ) & 2.5" hard drive plus an OS.
Here's a review:
arstechnica.com/gad…ed/

Features AMD Richland APU A8-5557M
Features discrete AMD Radeon R9 M275X graphic card
Supports 2.5" thickness 7.0/9.5mm Hard Drives (1 x 6Gbps SATA3)
Ultra compact PC design - 0.88 L (59.6 x 128 x 115.4 mm)
1 x mSATA SSD Slot
2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L Slots (1333 /1600 MHz)
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCIe Card
HDMI plus Mini DisplayPort Outputs (supports dual displays)
4 x USB 3.0
Gigabit LAN
Headphone jack
VESA mounting bracket (75 x 75 mm + 100 x 100 mm)

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Price wise that seems really cheap. I wonder how to compares to a more expensive and slightly bigger alternative like the Alienware Alpha.

Pretty impressive spec for the price. That GPU ain't half bad!

the gpu seems to be off the pace compared to the 860m in the alpha, just going by gpu boss

Once you get the memory, harddrive, OS and keyboard / controller you might as well just get a ps4.

MikeLondon

Once you get the memory, harddrive, OS and keyboard / controller you … Once you get the memory, harddrive, OS and keyboard / controller you might as well just get a ps4.



​Yeah and then when you've got yourself a PS4 you could pay £40-60 per game if you like... Alternatively you could go with a Gigabyte gaming Brix, and get an entire library of games at literally half the price, better resolution capabilities, K/M capability, full web browser, etc., etc., etc.

Anyone who has one able to comment on how loud they are? I have the i5 NUC which is practically silent but may be interested in this one.

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southpaw_786

Anyone who has one able to comment on how loud they are? I have the i5 … Anyone who has one able to comment on how loud they are? I have the i5 NUC which is practically silent but may be interested in this one.



I've ordered one & waiting delivery. From the reviews I think it's quite noisy.
Edited by: "7iain7" 6th Sep 2015

It's very noisy at its highest performance settings but that, sensibly, and in fairness to the reviewers most of them have pointed this out, Gigabyte let the customer set the gaming/performance setting in the bios, if they really want them. Some of the reviews and customer moans need to be seen in a new light, I think, as the price is quite a bit cheaper than it was the time of the reviews/comments. I imagine it would be possible to take out the internals and put it in a slightly larger case with larger fans, though in the end I have decided to hold out for a Skylake NUC, which will certainly be more expensive but apparently cool running and fairly quiet under load.

Dabs have steadily dropped the price and though I would have a read of customer comments and the few reviews, I think it's hot for those wanted to buy it at the more expensive price.

Noclouds

I have decided to hold out for a Skylake NUC, which will certainly be … I have decided to hold out for a Skylake NUC, which will certainly be more expensive but apparently cool running and fairly quiet under load.


I was just about to make this comment too!
I'm not a gamer, so will be going for the "tall i5 Skylake NUC" with the extra room to accommodate a laptop hard drive.
I just hope that intel will be releasing it on schedule in the last quarter of this year, ...then the price will have time to cool off for an early New Year purchase.
That would give me the time to install my £20 copy of Win 8.1 and upgrade to W10.
Can't wait! X)

MikeLondon

Once you get the memory, harddrive, OS and keyboard / controller you … Once you get the memory, harddrive, OS and keyboard / controller you might as well just get a ps4.



​agreed and you know it will play the latest games for the next 4 years aswell

Nice little box but I think I'll hang on for one with the new Carrizo chip for the 4k h.265 decoding.

d3n2

​Yeah and then when you've got yourself a PS4 you could pay £40-60 per ga … ​Yeah and then when you've got yourself a PS4 you could pay £40-60 per game if you like... Alternatively you could go with a Gigabyte gaming Brix, and get an entire library of games at literally half the price, better resolution capabilities, K/M capability, full web browser, etc., etc., etc.



How's the resale value on those Steam/Origin games?

I'm interested to see how the Xbox One / Win 10 streaming pans out, this box would probably be overkill if the Xbox is doing all the processing but would give you the option to switch between console and some PC exclusives I guess

d3n2

​Yeah and then when you've got yourself a PS4 you could pay £40-60 per ga … ​Yeah and then when you've got yourself a PS4 you could pay £40-60 per game if you like... Alternatively you could go with a Gigabyte gaming Brix, and get an entire library of games at literally half the price, better resolution capabilities, K/M capability, full web browser, etc., etc., etc.



A laptop graphics card that isn't that powerful isn't gonna run the games nearly as well as the PS4 would. £60 games are you mental? You can get most new games £30-35, and at least lend them to people or sell them later on. Games on steam and such might be about £25-30 when they first come out but you're just buying a licence to use a product on your account. You'll never physically have the game to sell or lend to people. Hell I use steam and play games on a gaming PC, but if you want a machine for playing games then a PS4 over this any day. If you wanna play PC games get a proper one with a proper card that can be upgraded later. This thing will run the latest games worse than a PS4 and in later years... forget it. PS4 games will be designed specifically for that hardware and thus optimised for it. That's why consoles with the same spec as a pc will run the games better. PC games are meant to be compatible. Not specifically for your system.

This is fantastic, for this price I couldn't get a graphis card that fit an HTPC case if building from scratch

MikeLondon

Once you get the memory, harddrive, OS and keyboard / controller you … Once you get the memory, harddrive, OS and keyboard / controller you might as well just get a ps4.


£400 to play gran turismo? No thx.

bradkaloncox

​agreed and you know it will play the latest games for the next 4 years a … ​agreed and you know it will play the latest games for the next 4 years aswell



The only reason consoles play games for an entire generation is because developers dilute the quality of the ports to make them run at low resolution / 30fps while a good 4 year old PC will still run better than the console. And when DX12 hits this will get a massive performance boost. Your personal experiences with trying to play CS on the family Dell don't relate to actual PC gamers

paulpso

A laptop graphics card that isn't that powerful isn't gonna run the games … A laptop graphics card that isn't that powerful isn't gonna run the games nearly as well as the PS4 would. £60 games are you mental? You can get most new games £30-35, and at least lend them to people or sell them later on. Games on steam and such might be about £25-30 when they first come out but you're just buying a licence to use a product on your account. You'll never physically have the game to sell or lend to people. Hell I use steam and play games on a gaming PC, but if you want a machine for playing games then a PS4 over this any day. If you wanna play PC games get a proper one with a proper card that can be upgraded later. This thing will run the latest games worse than a PS4 and in later years... forget it. PS4 games will be designed specifically for that hardware and thus optimised for it. That's why consoles with the same spec as a pc will run the games better. PC games are meant to be compatible. Not specifically for your system.



I'm not sure when you last used Steam, alot of this information is inaccurate. Steam implemented many changes a while ago.

Family sharing gives you the ability to allow others access to your game library, whilst still having access to your games yourself (obviously not at the same time)

Banned

nice price

Tempted to use this for a HTPC running mythtv

paulsmith288

Tempted to use this for a HTPC running mythtv

Too noisy, surely?

paulsmith288

Tempted to use this for a HTPC running mythtv


I imagine the noise would be annoying

d3n2

​Yeah and then when you've got yourself a PS4 you could pay £40-60 per ga … ​Yeah and then when you've got yourself a PS4 you could pay £40-60 per game if you like... Alternatively you could go with a Gigabyte gaming Brix, and get an entire library of games at literally half the price, better resolution capabilities, K/M capability, full web browser, etc., etc., etc.



The PS4 has a eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU, 8GB GDDR5 RAM, and an AMD Pitcairn GPU. Not exacty the last word in tech as the architecture was already a bit long in the tooth even when introduced and now almost 2 years old . Sony will keep squeezing the platform for all its worth over the coming years with PS4 Slims and Super Slims just as they did with the PS3 line, without any significant upgrades to the core architecture.
For a marginally higher spend, you'll be able to assemble a PC which can play any PS4 game at better fps and have the flexibility of having a fully fledged PC with a clear upgrade path for 4-5 years as well.

Edited by: "hcc27" 7th Sep 2015

paulsmith288

Tempted to use this for a HTPC running mythtv


A celeron or i3 Brix would be enough for that wouldn't it?


>Tempted to use this for a HTPC running mythtv
A celeron or i3 Brix would be enough for that wouldn't it?

Yes they would - but the i3 are £200+ and a celeron probably has poor single core performance so menus are a bit sluggish.

Bossworld

How's the resale value on those Steam/Origin games?



How's the resale value on console games? Pretty poor since you get bent over and rodded hard for the price of them in the first place, then Game/CeX/eBay rods you for a second time.

Shame my old DDR3 isn't compatible, would be handy to have another PC in the living room.
Perhaps I should rebuild my old i5 750 instead

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hcc27

For a marginally higher spend, you'll be able to assemble a PC which can … For a marginally higher spend, you'll be able to assemble a PC which can play any PS4 game at better fps and have the flexibility of having a fully fledged PC with a clear upgrade path for 4-5 years as well.


I'm a PC gamer but you're about to get shot down for that "ANY PS4 game" comment

Can we put this argument to bed yet? PC gaming is great but it's still lacking a lot of the local co-op/vs gaming that consoles enjoy. If I want to play a lot of my games with a mate he has to either bring his rig or go home. Saying that my PC produces some stunning graphics, I have a good group of mates I game with online using VoIP and the prices are ridiculous sometimes. I've had the PC for 5 years running a 2600k which isn't going out of date anytime fast and I added a second gfx card in SLI for £40 off a mate when he upgraded to give it a new lease of life. The thing also runs a shed load of VMs and I can use 3 screens for racing or looking at other stuff while I game.

They're different things for different people. PC is starting to make a move in to more local gaming but it's still a way off. You pay a premium with console to have everything done for you.

The GPU in this is basically the same one as in the HD7770 but slightly downclocked,so actually is not too bad for such a small system and it even has 2GB of GDDR5 too.

hcc27

The PS4 has a eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU, 8GB GDDR5 RAM, and an AMD … The PS4 has a eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU, 8GB GDDR5 RAM, and an AMD Pitcairn GPU. Not exacty the last word in tech as the architecture was already a bit long in the tooth even when introduced and now almost 2 years old . Sony will keep squeezing the platform for all its worth over the coming years with PS4 Slims and Super Slims just as they did with the PS3 line, without any significant upgrades to the core architecture. For a marginally higher spend, you'll be able to assemble a PC which can play any PS4 game at better fps and have the flexibility of having a fully fledged PC with a clear upgrade path for 4-5 years as well.



Actually not entirely true - the PS4 apparently has a GPU which is GCN1.1 at least,since it is an 8 ACE design like newer AMD GPUs like Hawaii(R9 290 and 390 series) and Tonga(R9 285 and R9 380) and probably shares the improved tessellation over the earlier GCN1.0 GPUs.


paulsmith288

Tempted to use this for a HTPC running mythtvA celeron or i3 Brix would … >Tempted to use this for a HTPC running mythtvA celeron or i3 Brix would be enough for that wouldn't it?Yes they would - but the i3 are £200+ and a celeron probably has poor single core performance so menus are a bit sluggish.



celerons are fine for kodi, no sluggishness at all even using the better skins

dt_matthews

I imagine the noise would be annoying



Considering the fact neither the CPU or GFX are going to be even remotely worked whilst dealing with 2D video one would simply reduce RPM on all fans, if that's not possible via BIOS/Software then as a last resort you can physically hardware mod all fans to run at silent but steady RPM's resulting in a silent but very capable HTPC!

ollie87

How's the resale value on those Steam/Origin games?



What console gamers quickly forget is you're paying £50 for a disc .... 10 grams of laminated matel less than 1mm thick..... they can be snapped, every single time you take them out and put them in you wear them. The resale value of them plummets rapidly and then at the same time they are unusable in 10 years time just due to wear.
Edited by: "grimboj2" 7th Sep 2015

Leftfield_2k2

Considering the fact neither the CPU or GFX are going to be even remotely … Considering the fact neither the CPU or GFX are going to be even remotely worked whilst dealing with 2D video one would simply reduce RPM on all fans, if that's not possible via BIOS/Software then as a last resort you can physically hardware mod all fans to run at silent but steady RPM's resulting in a silent but very capable HTPC!



On the (intel-specced) brix I had the fans couldnt be software manipulated (poss some third-party software might have had more success), modding hardware to circumvent cooling isnt exactly a recipe for longevity.

Leftfield_2k2

Considering the fact neither the CPU or GFX are going to be even remotely … Considering the fact neither the CPU or GFX are going to be even remotely worked whilst dealing with 2D video one would simply reduce RPM on all fans, if that's not possible via BIOS/Software then as a last resort you can physically hardware mod all fans to run at silent but steady RPM's resulting in a silent but very capable HTPC!



On the (intel-specced) brix I had the fans couldnt be software manipulated (poss some third-party software might have had more success), modding hardware to circumvent cooling isnt exactly a recipe for longevity.

MBeeching

Shame my old DDR3 isn't compatible, would be handy to have another PC in … Shame my old DDR3 isn't compatible, would be handy to have another PC in the living room.Perhaps I should rebuild my old i5 750 instead



Good luck finding a decent mITX board for that chip, they're hard to come by.

ollie87

Good luck finding a decent mITX board for that chip, they're hard to come … Good luck finding a decent mITX board for that chip, they're hard to come by.



Fortunately I still have an old P55 board (MATX). Surprised to hear they're a rarity though.
I upgrade components regularly so I just need a PSU to build a secondary machine.
Edited by: "MBeeching" 7th Sep 2015

MBeeching

Surprised to hear they're a rarity though.



Why? It's a six year old CPU. PCPartPicker only lists one motherboard in stock with any suppliers and at £220, It'd be cheaper to buy a new 1150 CPU that'd be faster with motherboard than use that chip. I only mentioned it because this is a thread for a SFF PC and you'd want something smaller than mATX to compare.

ollie87

How's the resale value on console games? Pretty poor since you get bent … How's the resale value on console games? Pretty poor since you get bent over and rodded hard for the price of them in the first place, then Game/CeX/eBay rods you for a second time.



Well, I've had a year out of FIFA 15, cost £25 and got £9 credit back three weeks before the new one is out.

Completed L A Noire (£30) within the first four days of release and got £32 cash back for it.

Most recently, bought Splatoon for £19.something, didn't like it and traded it back into Cex for £20 cash.
Add that to Black Ops 2 (Wii U) which was under a fiver, got a free Nintendo points code to grab the collectors coin and traded in for £7 credit.

So not sure how well thought out your reply is there?

Buy a new release for about £35 and complete it within a week and you'll lose very little if anything at all. Or wait a month and pick it up cheaper in the first place.

Only way you'll lose a shed load of money is picking up questionable third party titles with a crap multiplayer tacked on as an afterthought and keeping them for months and months.

Ive been out of the PC gaming market for a while, looking to build my boy a small system for xmas, nothing too demanding, he plays a lot of steam games, indie stuff, minecraft, team fortress etc, but just in case he wants to play something more recent, will this handle current stuff and a decent detail level?

This is a great price for this mini PC, not a gaming beast by any means but you cannot complain for this price. Might get one for my daughter to play Sims 4, which never came out on consoles.
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