Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-2807 Celeron N2807 HDMI Barebone - ebuyer - £82.98
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Gigabyte Brix GB-BXBT-2807 Celeron N2807 HDMI Barebone - ebuyer - £82.98

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Found 17th Jul 2014
Very small Intel NUC build, perfect for low power users such as an office machine, a media centre or even for the grandparents.

Only has 1 DDR3 SODIMM slot but it does let you use 2.5" drives so you don't have to worry about finding a mSATA drive. It's nice how these have standard 3.5mm ports too, the first generation of Intel NUCs don't so I had to get a USB speaker as the monitor didn't have speakers nor did it have a HDMI input.

Rest of the specs:

Intel Celeron N2807 (2.17GHz)
1 x SO-DIMM DDR3L 1.35V slot 1333MHz (Max. 8GB Not included)
1 x Half-size mini-PCIe slot occupied by the WiFi+BT card
1 x USB 3.0 (Front)
1 x HDMI
2 x USB 2.0
1 x RJ45
1 x DC-In
1 x Kensington lock slot
1 x VGA D-Sub
1 x Audio-out / Mic-In

Dimensions: 56.1 mm x 107.6 mm x 114.4 mm (2.21" x 4.24" x 4.5")

Memory, 2.5inch Drive and OS to complete

43 Comments

Bargain NUC

Also has a VESA mount, so if your TV supports a VESA mount but you've not put it on your wall, you can mount this on your TV instead.

Sounds pretty good. Though it doesn't say if the device is fanless. I presue it is, just due to the lack of space but it would be good to know for sure.

pete_l

Sounds pretty good. Though it doesn't say if the device is fanless. I … Sounds pretty good. Though it doesn't say if the device is fanless. I presue it is, just due to the lack of space but it would be good to know for sure.


Review on Youtube this version is fanless. Only version of the Brix i know that has fans is the Gaming version.

FYI, the CPU has 2 cores and base clock speed of 1.58 GHz with a burst speed of 2.16 GHz
source:
ark.intel.com/pro…GHz

This or the Intel DN2820FYKH for £10more?


Would this be a step up from an ageing Acer Revo3610? finding some of the XBMC skins a taxing on the wee thing despite using OpenELEC.

I grabbed the i3 version a couple of months back, great little boxes to stick behind a screen and use occasionally. Biggest problem was mine didn't come with audio so had to get a usb sound card, but other than that it's great and boots really quickly using an msata drive

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spong_miester

Would this be a step up from an ageing Acer Revo3610? finding some of the … Would this be a step up from an ageing Acer Revo3610? finding some of the XBMC skins a taxing on the wee thing despite using OpenELEC.


According to Passmark it is a bit faster:
Intel Atom 330 @ 1.60GHz 598 (acer Revo3610)
Intel Celeron N2807 @ 1.58GHz 903

But in your case, I suspect GPU performance is more important. The lists this Celeron's GPU being based on the Ivy Bridge ones:
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ors
So that should have better GPU performance. Still rather slow but on the other hand the CPU's TPU is only 4.5W.

May pick one up then, the lag while browsing through films is infuriating, thanks for the reply

Njay

This or the Intel DN2820FYKH for £10more?



Depends upon usage, if it's as a media player the NUC has around 10% more CPU poke, and the built-in IR sensor is really useful. If it's just as a general low-power PC, go for this one.

spong_miester

Would this be a step up from an ageing Acer Revo3610? finding some of the … Would this be a step up from an ageing Acer Revo3610? finding some of the XBMC skins a taxing on the wee thing despite using OpenELEC.



I'm using a Raspberry Pi to run raspbmc and I had a similar problem in trying to find decent skins that wouldn't slow down the Pi. After trying loads (nearly all of them to be honest) I downloaded Confluence Mod from here , which, as the name suggests, is the basic Confluence skin but with the ability to add stuff to the menu bar, and has loads of different (and adjustable) views. Now there is very little difference between my powerhouse HTPC and the Pi when browsing my film collection.

Hopefully it'll help out your Revo too!?

ps: I can recommend raspbmc & the pi, as a standalone HTPC client, BUT, you need to overclock it to 'super' in the settings and use the dual SD/USB configuration. I've got a powerline running into mine so playback is smooth - mileage may vary using a wifi dongle.

Njay

This or the Intel DN2820FYKH for £10more?



Can't speak for this machine buy i own 3 of the Intel's loaded with 2GB Ram and 60GB SSD's which i use for Media Centers running XBMC Aeon themes and i've not got a bad word for them handle everything i thrown at them so far.
Edited by: "Burbidge" 17th Jul 2014

Would this be suitable as a Plex and Steam box connected to a main PC via a home network?

Has anybody tried running (or know how well it would run) Plex (server) on this?

I'm currently using an old desktop stuck out in the garage, but i's prefer something this size, then I could bring it back into the house.
Edited by: "tinewton" 17th Jul 2014

Joefez

I'm using a Raspberry Pi to run raspbmc and I had a similar problem in … I'm using a Raspberry Pi to run raspbmc and I had a similar problem in trying to find decent skins that wouldn't slow down the Pi. After trying loads (nearly all of them to be honest) I downloaded Confluence Mod from here , which, as the name suggests, is the basic Confluence skin but with the ability to add stuff to the menu bar, and has loads of different (and adjustable) views. Now there is very little difference between my powerhouse HTPC and the Pi when browsing my film collection.Hopefully it'll help out your Revo too!?ps: I can recommend raspbmc & the pi, as a standalone HTPC client, BUT, you need to overclock it to 'super' in the settings and use the dual SD/USB configuration. I've got a powerline running into mine so playback is smooth - mileage may vary using a wifi dongle.



What are you connecting it to? I tried xbmc on my Pi but found it too slow, now I just use minidlna to act as a media server and all my devices can play content from it natively, just streamed not actually processed by the pi. 2x LG TVs work fine, android devices with bubbleupnp + mx player work perfectly, ps3 will play compatible video fine too

tinewton

Has anybody tried running (or know how well it would run) Plex (server) … Has anybody tried running (or know how well it would run) Plex (server) on this? I'm currently using an old desktop stuck out in the garage, but i's prefer something this size, then I could bring it back into the house.


not 100% but i think you'd struggle transcoding 1080p content, might get away with 1 stream though. Beyond that it should work, if a microserver works I can't see why this wouldn't

Does anyone know the power consumption of this as I can't see it on the site? Thanks

everett_psycho

not 100% but i think you'd struggle transcoding 1080p content, might get … not 100% but i think you'd struggle transcoding 1080p content, might get away with 1 stream though. Beyond that it should work, if a microserver works I can't see why this wouldn't



Many thanks for the reply. All of my NAS stored video is all in 720p. Bitrates vary from 2k-5k roughly. I have plenty of bandwith 16mb up, 70mb down, and i'm hoping to be able to stream video remotely. What do you reckon my chances? It does all seem to run ok on the old desktop i'm using just now, which is a 1.86 Core 2 6300 with 1gb ram. I would only ever need 1 stream running from it.
Edited by: "tinewton" 17th Jul 2014

would this be able to play harthstone

cjed

Depends upon usage, if it's as a media player the NUC has around 10% more … Depends upon usage, if it's as a media player the NUC has around 10% more CPU poke, and the built-in IR sensor is really useful. If it's just as a general low-power PC, go for this one.



Ta. As my likely use is openlec + plex home theatre build then the IR sensor tips it to the NUC for me.

spong_miester

Would this be a step up from an ageing Acer Revo3610? finding some of the … Would this be a step up from an ageing Acer Revo3610? finding some of the XBMC skins a taxing on the wee thing despite using OpenELEC.


Which skins? I run OpenElec on some similarly specced boxes as your Revo (Atom/Ion) and the heavier skins like Aeon run very smooth. Im booting from a small & cheap SSD.

This is a step up in CPU power but not a huge step up. Skins will run a little better. GPU acceleration may be slightly worse - not to say that it won't work but there may be some artifacts here and there. Nividia are still the absolute best GPUs for video acceleration in XBMC, especially Linux.

Personally I would not bother upgrading your Revo until HEVC is in popular use.

LG

Njay

Ta. As my likely use is openlec + plex home theatre build then the IR … Ta. As my likely use is openlec + plex home theatre build then the IR sensor tips it to the NUC for me.



What will you use the IR sensor for?

There's a Celeron J1900 version of this Brix listed on the Gigabyte site, but none available yet. It should be a more powerful processor, but TDP is 10W compared with this one's 4.3W. Both fanless.

Jonnyblock

LG Ta. As my likely use is openlec + plex home theatre build then the IR … LG Ta. As my likely use is openlec + plex home theatre build then the IR sensor tips it to the NUC for me.



A media remote most likely, well that's why I soldered on a £1 IR onto my raspberry Pi :-)

Edited by: "Leftfield_2k2" 17th Jul 2014

My BRIX plays 1080p content streamed via wired gigabit network flawlessly from my nas. Its other parts of the network that cause problems. Will get back to you on 3d content if i can find the specs?
Edited by: "Frits" 17th Jul 2014

Leftfield_2k2

A media remote most likely, well that's why I soldered on a £1 IR onto … A media remote most likely, well that's why I soldered on a £1 IR onto my raspberry Pi :-)



Yep. I also have an Intel d54250wkyh which has the ir sensor. Works out box with my original (cream) Xbox 360 remote to control openlec + PHT. As then i5 nuc is my main PC hence looking at these bay trail brix or intel nuc to run openlec +PHT permanently.

spong_miester

May pick one up then, the lag while browsing through films is … May pick one up then, the lag while browsing through films is infuriating, thanks for the reply



I don't know if this is of any use to you but I have that exact same machine which has done really well for me for years - and still does good service. I don't seem to suffer from the same lag as you describe despite running moderately demanding skins.

I did upgrade the RAM when I got it so maybe that helps. I also cut the video memory down to minimum in the BIOS to keep as much free for the OS as possible (still handles Full HD without issues). All my media files (including thumbnails) are stored on a NAS so that is probably a bit faster than the disk on the Revo (so thumbnails will lag less). I've also found that running Openelec from an SD card can make things a bit laggy - I switched back to using the internal disk on the Revo (mechanical version rather than the really dodgy SSD one) which seems a little faster.

I don't know if any of that helps but thought it might be useful.

edit: Was just about to vote hot and then saw "eBuyer" - not a chance I'll get burnt by their dodgy RMA process / scam again.
Edited by: "me_lee" 17th Jul 2014

Bought one, thanks. Will be setting up media center with ambilight.

Anyone know if this could be used as a steam box to stream from my lovely gaming PC to the TV downstairs? The theory is, load on steam OS and then use the inbuilt steam features to play my catalogue of games. No idea what the reality is though :-( Hopefully one of you clever mo foes can enlighten me with the "sceince part" :-)

fix

Does anyone know the power consumption of this as I can't see it on the … Does anyone know the power consumption of this as I can't see it on the site? Thanks

Absolute maximum power output of the power supply quoted as being packaged with the item is 30W (12V @ 2.5A). Assuming the power supply is say 70% efficient, it would draw say max 50W from the mains.

Which models of this on their site has the IR port? Can't see it for the life of me with a faster processor =(

Or Intel NUCs?
Edited by: "Rikachu" 17th Jul 2014

Njay

This or the Intel DN2820FYKH for £10more?


I have both and i would easily pay £10 more for the 2820.
It just feels alot more snappier then the 2807.

Both are about the same size the brix has an D-sub as an extra, the 2820 an IR port (more usefull imho).

Brix is fanless though, wouldn't say the Nuc is completly silent but i don't hear him during a movie.

dennislintvelt

I have both and i would easily pay £10 more for the 2820.It just feels … I have both and i would easily pay £10 more for the 2820.It just feels alot more snappier then the 2807.Both are about the same size the brix has an D-sub as an extra, the 2820 an IR port (more usefull imho).Brix is fanless though, wouldn't say the Nuc is completly silent but i don't hear him during a movie.



Cheers for the feedback

Leftfield_2k2

A media remote most likely, well that's why I soldered on a £1 IR onto … A media remote most likely, well that's why I soldered on a £1 IR onto my raspberry Pi :-)



I got a Samsung TV and I control the pi via my TV remote using openelec

£99.99 ? am i missing a code ?

davver99

£99.99 ? am i missing a code ?



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How would this do for steam inhome streaming? Would be ideal as a media centre + game streaming device, even if it could only manage 720p.

duffman2605

What are you connecting it to? I tried xbmc on my Pi but found it too … What are you connecting it to? I tried xbmc on my Pi but found it too slow, now I just use minidlna to act as a media server and all my devices can play content from it natively, just streamed not actually processed by the pi. 2x LG TVs work fine, android devices with bubbleupnp + mx player work perfectly, ps3 will play compatible video fine too



I've got a low(ish) power HTPC (Core i3 2120) that's also doubling as a NAS with 5TB of storage. The Pi is just connecting to network shares and direct streaming off that (no transcoding). Plays everything fine. The trick is to use the sd/usb setup. It's a complete game changer for the Pi, as the USB caches all your library images and the speed literally quadruples.

I did use a nowtv & plex server running on the HTPC, but the overhead of transcoding everything that's not 720p was just draining too much power as well as making all the fans fire up. I prefer using clients that can stream content direct without transcoding.
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