Brix mini-PC Announced By Gigabyte, Featuring AMD APU

/ 4 years ago


Gigabyte enters the mini-PC market with its Brix PC, having USB 3.0 standard on every Brix variant and AMD APU, compared to other competitors like Inte’s NUC.

The Brix GB-BXA8-5545 features AMD’s A8-5545M APU (based on Richland chipset), having four CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz and can go up to 2.7GHz when in Turbo Core mode, which is not bad for a 19W part. Best of all, it features Radeon HD 8510G graphics, with 384 VLIW4 cores. Although 384 cores sounds like a lot, bear in mind that this is a ULV part, so the GPU is clocked at a relatively modest 450MHz, although it can hit 554MHz on Turbo. Basically it should be as fast as entry-level discrete cards from a couple of years ago, like the HD 5570 or GT 620.

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According to early EU listings, Gigabyte has the Brix mini-PC at a price tag of €249. This makes it about 20 percent more expensive than a Jaguar A4-5000 barebones mini PC from Zotac. As for Intel NUC kits, you can get a Core i3-4010U system, i.e. a dual-core Haswell clocked at 1.7GHz with Intel HD Graphics 4400.

Sadly we still don’t know much about AMD’s Kaveri ULV plans, but thanks to better thermals we expect to see quite a few AMD-based mini PCs later this year.

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3 Responses to “Brix mini-PC Announced By Gigabyte, Featuring AMD APU”
  1. Joe Wingett says:

    Finally. See this, this makes more sense than using an intel CPU, because for a small-form-factor application APUs have much better graphics performance and really rather good CPU performance.

    • eb says:

      I am using an Intel NUC D34010 with i3 and a Gigabyte BRIX 5545 with AMD ~ same price, same size.
      It seems NUC is a lot better, no problems when istalling Win7/Win81 … aaaand it supports 3840×2160. If you look Gigabyte, there also is mentioned DP/HDMI with 3840×2160 – but max resolution I get only 1920×1080 🙁 – with same equipment.

      • Joe Wingett says:

        Technically speaking the NUC supports 3840×2160, but only for video playback. It can’t play a game at 1080p, for example, nor render a 3D object. On the other hand, the APU-based platform supports that high a resolution, but does have the ability to play games at 1080p, and render objects at it’s native resolution. Overall, whilst the CPU part on the NUC will perform better than on the Brix, the graphics performance of the Brix is over double that of the NUC. And you mentioned problems? What kind of problems?

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