The GIGABYTE BRIX was an ultra compact computer designed to be mounted on the back of a standard monitor via a VESA bracket. The idea was that you could turn any monitor or TV into a All-in-One computer. The issue was a lack of power/performance when it came to the original BRIX. However, GIGABYTE's new BRIX Pro adds a little bulk in exchange for that much needed performance, and it is being shown off at CES 2014.
Upgrade is the name of the game here with everything being brought up-to-date and beyond. The GIGABYTE BRIX Pro will be one of the first devices to have the Intel i7 Core 4770R with Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The Iris Pro features 64 MB of eRAM on-die to drastically reduce memory pipeline issues. This will give the new Intel i7 Core processors and the BRIX Pro more graphical power to run those demanding 3D games. You still get all the other goodies such as Wi-Fi 802.11ac/Bluetooth, two SO-DIMM slots, support for mSATA SSD and a standard 2.5" drive slot.
This takes the whole DIY All-in-One desktop to a new level for me. While we still don't see anyone playing Battlefield 4 on high settings (or medium for that matter), this should be the perfect for less demanding games and daily computer work. Plus it now comes in this sports car red color with black trim (which looks awesome by Futurelooks standards), and is also the color of the the Core i5 version of the device, in case a Core i7 is overkill for what you had planned for it. We know at least one company has chosen to rebrand it into their very own Steam Machine.
As featured in our CES 2014 Video Coverage...