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GIGABYTE BRIX Review; A Mini Powerhouse?

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Power Consumption

The power consumption on these small form factor systems is meant to be minimal at most. In order to test the system’s power needs, it is plugged into a calibrated meter and the wattage is then logged every 10 seconds for 15 minutes. The averages are then displayed at load and idle.

The idle scenario is taken at the Windows 10 desktop while load is taken during a 30 minute video conversion with Quick Sync enabled.

Even though it offers higher performance metrics, the newer BRIX actually consumes quite a bit less power than its predecessor. Now remember, other than the processor these are two identically-equipped systems so this really does point towards the huge strides Intel has made with their Kaby Lake architecture.

Acoustical Testing

What you see below are the baseline idle dB(A) results attained for each system. The decibel meter we use has been calibrated and is placed at seated ear-level exactly 16” away from the system in a position that’s typical for a user.

The idle scenario is taken at the Windows 10 desktop while load is taken during a 30 minute video conversion with Quick Sync enabled.

Both systems are extremely quiet, though fan speeds do tend to ramp up when they’re being used for more intensive tasks. Will this level of noise be perceptible? Yes, but it easily blends into the background.

Temperature Testing

As with the other benchmarks in order to figure out peak temperatures we used two scenarios. The idle scenario is taken at the Windows 10 desktop while load is taken during a 30 minute video conversion with Quick Sync enabled.

While the newer BRIX is able to remain at a lower temperature than its predecessor, that’s not really saying much. 88°C is far too close to the processor’s throttle point for my liking. These are temperatures we’re used to seeing from a thin and light notebook rather than an SFF PC with vertical space to use for more effective cooling methods.

As for the thermal imaging shots, there really isn’t much to see since the semi-metal finish on the chassis helps dissipate heat. With that being said Gigabyte may have to look at their internal design since these shots do show that a lot of heat is remaining within the confines of the BRIX case.

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