Today I have with me the smallest of the "fit in the palm of your hand" lot the Gigabyte BRIX S running on the i3 5010U 2.1Ghz Broadwell CPU. Not only is it considerably faster than its older versions but also the inclusion of the Intel HD5500 graphics has made it at least 20% faster working on the same sweet power rating of 10W-30W giving it a higher power-to-performance ratio.
So without any delay lets take a quick peek into the specifications:
- Intel Core i3-5010U 2.1GHz
- 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots (DDR3 1.35V) 1600 MHz: Max. 16GB
- LAN Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8111G)
- Audio Realtek ALC283
- Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5500
- HDMI Resolution (Max.) 4096 x 2304 @ 24Hz
- Mini DP Resolution (Max.) 3840 x 2160@ 60Hz
- 1 x mSATA slot
- 1 x PCIe M.2 NGFF 2230 A-E key slot occupied by the Wi-Fi+BT card
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 1 x head phone jack with mic
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 1 x RJ45
- 1 x DC-In
- 1 x Kensington lock slot
Storage Support 2.5” HDD/SSD, 7.0/9.5 mm thick (1 x 6 Gbps SATA 3)
- Windows 7 32/64-bit
- Windows 8.1 64-bit
For the test I configured the Gigabyte BRIX S GB-BXi3H-5010 with the following components:
1. ADATA SX900 256GB 6Gb/sec SSD (Courtesy to ADATA)
2. Kingston 4GB 1600Mhz SODIMM RAM (Courtesy to Kingston)
Installation for the same is in the video review below.
PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows Vista offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts.
A PCMark score is a measure of your computer’s performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.
These results certainly aren’t the best I’ve seen but are perfectly acceptable considering the i3 5010U has only two cores & are infact more than impressive!
Cinebench R15The test scenario uses all of your system’s processing power to render a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral “No Keyframes” animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various different algorithms to stress all available processor cores.
In fact, CINEBENCH can measure systems with up to 64 processor threads. The test scene contains approximately 2,000 objects containing more than 300,000 total polygons and uses sharp and blurred reflections, area lights and shadows, procedural shaders, antialiasing, and much more. The result is given in points (pts). The higher the number, the faster your processor.
WinRar 5.0 Corporate Edition 64-bitI always like to test any processor on compression and decompression benchmarks as one needs to use them on a daily basis knowingly or even unknowingly.
I chose WinRar 5.0 Corporate edition to compress and then decompress a 650MB file set composed of miscellaneous data types. The result was impressive and proved once again that the Broadwell is a competent architecture even on mobile devices.
Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box
Its one of my favorite racing games which are optimized for PC and has a very well structured environment with balanced particle density and shadows stressing the CPU and GPU equally to a considerable extent.
I ran it on high details with 720p resolution and the frames were more than I'd expected. This proves that the BRIX S is also a very good substitute for a mini gaming console as well.
Resident Evil 5
A third person shooter with cinematic screen ratio and up close shadows. Even the slightest of deformity is augmented in this game and hence it is worth testing on the BRIX S.
As usual I kept the details medium-high with a 720p resolution to obtain the same impressive score.
Yes I know that you all are aware of my love for this series! I couldn't dare to run the punishing Crysis 3 on the BRIX S as I wanted to finish this review first and then maybe I'll give it a try. I chose Crysis 2 for the same reasons that its visually pleasing and PC optimized along with a staggering balance of resource utilization and stressing.
I kept the anti-analyzing option on at a 720p resolution with settings at ultra high and was stunned upon seeing how well the Gigabyte BRIX S was holding up.
Miscellaneous testAs the Gigabyte BRIX S GB-BXi3H-5010 comes with a dual core i3 5010U Broadwell processor so it deserves a run of severe multi-tasking in the real world scenario which I did by converting a 720p video along with copying a 5.5GB of fragmented file set from my thumb drive to SSD. Topping it up I kept a 7GB 1080P print of Avatar running on VLC media player and decompressing a 650MB .rar file, measuring everything with the Windows 8.1 task manager which itself takes around 12% of CPU usage.
There were no hick ups at all and I felt that I could do more with this but that would've made my screen look like a trash can from a mess what it already was wit hall those windows open for the screen shot!
If you are not through with these then do watch the video performance review that we did a few days back
Note: In all these tests the exhaust fan in the Gigabyte BRIX S ran very silent without any hissing or coiling sound at all and kept the temperature at an average of 50°C with a 35°C ambient temperature.
Only during the Crysis 2 run I recorded a 65°C spike which is still under the safe mark!
Also the power consumption never exceeded 32W even under maximum load.
My verdictChallenging the essence of how we define a desktop PC, GIGABYTE engineers have developed an ultra-compact PC with a stylish glass surface chassis design. Ideal for a broad range of computing applications at home or in the office, the BRIX S expounds sheer simplicity and convenience at a lucrative price tag of just $265 and an enormous room for customizability with its barebone design. With a new and compact Haswell architecture based Intel i3 5010U processor, the BRIX S sets a new standard for desktop miniaturization that makes it perfect as a discreet HTPC/multimedia hub, a compact gaming station, an ultra-low power PC for the family, an office PC or as a digital signage unit. And di I mention that it comes with a 3 year domestic warranty from Gigabyte!
I give it a 10/10