We talked about the GIGABYTE BRIX systems in the first episode of our CES 2014 coverage, but GIGABYTE has announced another addition to the BRIX line of products. The GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming is a fully featured gaming system packed into and extremely small form factor. With this latest addition to the BRIX line, the imagination starts to run wild with DIY possibilities.
The BRIX Gaming system packs a high-performance AMD A8-5557M APU and a dedicated AMD Radeon R9 M275X GPU into an extremely small form factor. I’m not kidding when I say extremely small. You can get a good look at it in the video link above, but to give the raw numbers the BRIX measures just 59.6mm x 115.4mm x 128mm. Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit, summed it up best in his comments.
“The BRIX Gaming offers a real desktop PC experience in a compact form factor that end users now expect from a GIGABYTE BRIX device. We’re very excited about the continuing evolution of the desktop PC, challenging the notion that smaller PC design means abandoning performance.”
The BRIX also supports VESA mounting, and will come with the needed brackets to mount it to the back of any VESA compliant LCD monitor. Basically I’m envisioning either a powerful all-in-one LAN rig, or a discrete and very capable Steam Machine. There are indeed many DIY possibilities with the new BRIX Gaming system. The full press announcement from GIGABYTE is below.
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GIGABYTE Launches BRIX Gaming: Discrete Graphics in the Most Compact of Form Factors
GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming Packs AMD Radeon™ R9 M275X Graphics for an Uncompromisingly Fast Gaming PC
City of Industry, California, January 27th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the launch of its latest addition to the GIGABYTE BRIX series of ultra compact PC kits, the GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming. Packing an AMD A8-5557M APU together with an AMD Radeon™ R9 M275X discrete graphics processor, the GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming has gaming performance that belies its compact size.
“The BRIX Gaming offers a real desktop PC experience in a compact form factor that end users now expect from a GIGABYTE BRIX device,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We’re very excited about the continuing evolution of the desktop PC, challengingthe notion that smaller PC design means abandoning performance.”
GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming: Desktop Performancein Miniature
The BRIX Gaming compact PC kit is literally small enough to sit in the palm of your hand (measuring a mere 59.6mm x 115.4mm x 128mm) and features a high-performance AMD A8-5557M APU plus a dedicated AMD Radeon™ R9 M275X graphics processor. The BRIX Gaming includes support for both mSATA SSD and standard 2.5” SATA hard drive installation – ideal for storing the latest 3D gaming titles while enjoying a fast and responsive OS install on SSD.The GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming features both Mini DisplayPort and HDMI ports on the rear panel, enabling support for simultaneous dual display connectivity.
The BRIX Gaming takes the performance you would expect of a full tower gaming PC, in a compact form factor that is much more suited for the living room. Gaming enthusiasts traveling to LAN events, parties and contests and will also enjoy having a gaming rig with incredible portability.
AMD Radeon™ R9 M275X
Accompanied by 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the AMD Radeon™ R9 M275X is a discrete graphics processor that offers superb 3D gaming and GPU-accelerated application performance.The AMD R9 M275X supports the latest graphics acceleration technologies including Microsoft® DX11.1, Shader Model 5.0, OpenGL 4.1. The AMD R9 M275X also supports the latest OpenCL 1.1 standard providing GPU-accelerated performance in general purpose applications.
By employing a discrete, fully programmable GPU, the BRIX Gaming is ideal for tackling processor-intensive media editing and encoding applications. Today’s GPU accelerated applications leverage the multi-core design of the GPU to greatly improve overall processing performance – this makes the BRIX Gaming well suited to creative professionals using media editing and encoding applications.
A Flexible, Compact DIY PC Kit
The BRIX Gaming is sold as a DIY PC kit, shipping with a Wi-Fi Mini PCIe module pre-installed, requiring only SO-DIMM system memory and a choice of either, or both mSATA SSD or standard 2.5” hard drives. The BRIX Gaming maintains the DIY PC ethos, giving users the flexibility to independently choose preferred operating system, integrated storage and system memory configurations.
USB 3.0 and Network Connectivity:
The GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming integrates four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two rear), ensuring ample connectivity for peripherals, storage devices and more. In addition to including a Gigabit Ethernet port, the GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming also includes a Mini PCIe module offering 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth 4.0, providing connectivity for low power Bluetooth devices and peripherals, as well as allowing users to easily connect their mobile devices.
Bundled with a VESA bracket, the BRIX Gaming can easily be mounted behind a monitor or HDTV making it discreetly hidden from view. This offers a simple and elegant way to turn any VESA-compliant display or TV into a full-featured PC or digital signage unit.
For more information about the GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming please go to: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4930#ov
GIGABYTE, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a global leading brand in the IT industry, with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world’s motherboard and graphics card markets. On top of Motherboards and Graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit http://www.gigabyte.us for more information.
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