The Gigabyte Brix line of computers are mini-desktops that are as small as a Wi-Fi router. Gigabyte uses the processors from Intel or rival AMD, as it doesn’t make its own chips. Two of the first AMD-powered Brix systems are now available in the United States, with prices starting at $260.
Gigabyte Brix mini-PCs Specs are not shabby
The entry-level model is the Gigabyte GB-BXA8-5545. Priced at $260, it features an AMD A8-5545M Richland processor, Radeon HD 8510G graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and mini DisplayPort, and space for an mSATA solid state drive and up to 16GB RAM.
The system measures 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 1.2″ and it can handle HD video playback and other home theater PC tasks. Gigabyte’s $260 mini desktop doesn’t come with storage, memory, or an operating system.
Gigabyte also offers Brix Gaming GB-BXA8G-8890, a model designed for modern gaming. The unit sells for $570 and features an AMD A8-5557M CPu and AMD Radeon R9 M275X dedicated graphics. This system measures 5″ x 4.5″ x 2.4″ but it has room for a SATA III hard drive as well as an mSATA SSD. It also features faster 802.11ac WiFi. Like the other variant, this model comes without storage, memory, or an operating system.