updated 02:30 pm EST, Sat February 1, 2014
AMD-powered gaming in a small box
Gigabyte launched its latest in the Brix series of ultra-compact PCs this week, the Brix Gaming. Taking the small-form PC to gaming, the Brix Gaming packs AMD technology to power its small box. With a footprint of only 59.6mm x 128mm x 115.4mm (2.35in x 5.04in x 4.54in), the small form factor is jumping to the market when the idea of the Steam machine is still fresh on the mind from this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
The Gigabyte system features AMD products with the Radeon R9 M275X discrete graphic processor, featuring 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and the A8-5557M APU handing the processing for the machine. While the APU produces only 2100Mhz of power, it should be noted that a notebook processor is often used in these style of boxes not only for the low heat output, but also for the lower power draw. In the case of the A8-5557M, it draws only 35 watts.
The Brix Gaming features four USB 3.0 ports (two on the front, two on the back), an HDMI and Mini DisplayPort output, a front headphone jacket and an ethernet port. An IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 module also comes installed pre-installed.
Users are to supply both storage and memory to these barebones systems. The Brix Gaming supports mSATA solid state drives and standard 2.5-inch hard drives. Included with the barebones kit is a VESA bracket for monitor or TV mounting options.