Gigabyte Brix Gaming GB-BXi5G-760 Review – GameTech

Gigabyte Brix Gaming GB-BXi5G-760 Review – GameTech

Gigabyte’s Brix Gaming GB-BXi5G-760 is one of the tiniest gaming PCs out there, but sacrifices have been made in order to fit such powerful hardware into such a small space.

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Gigabyte Brix Gaming GB-BXi5G-760 Review – GameTech

this is the gigabyte bricks gaming or the G B – B xi5 G – 760 to give it its full and thoroughly unappealing title it's the latest in the line of tiny pcs from gigabyte put unlike his predecessors this one packs some serious gaming horsepower despite only measuring a minuscule 128 millimetres by a hundred and fifteen millimeters and with a height of just under 60 millimetres this new version of the bricks features a 2.8 gigahertz Core i5 processor and a custom NVIDIA GTX 760 graphics card with 6 gigabytes of memory at $800 or around 560 pounds without any Ram hard drive or an OS it certainly isn't cheap and some sacrifices have been made in order to cram all that Hardware into such a small chassis lurid green color scheme aside the Brix is a handsome unit with a solid all-metal construction and a reassuring weight inside you'll find room for an M SATA hard drive two RAM slots for up to 16 gigabytes of laptop style ddr3l memory and a further connection for a regular 2.5 inch hard drive because the Brix comes bare-bones you'll need to buy and fit these yourself but the process is easy enough for most people to do at home having space for an M SATA and a 2.5 inch hard drive means you can easily fit a small SSD to the M SATA port for your OS and then buy a cheaper spinning plaited disk for larger storage we kitted ours out with one of Kingston's HyperX fury SSDs and eight gigabyte of ddr3l ram the front of the brick sports 2 USB 3 ports and a headphone microphone jack while ran the back Liz Gigabit Ethernet 2 more USB 3 sockets plus 2 mini HDMI ports and mini display ports for driving up to 3 displays at a time there's also a plug for the laptop style 180 watt power brick it's slightly disappointing the power supply isn't integrated but given what's already crammed into the bricks it's an understandable sacrifice and the power brick is relatively small how well the bricks runs games is affected in part by the RAM and hard disk you slot inside with the components we used and for such a small machine the results are largely impressive we found that most games ran around the 1080p60 benchmark when run at medium to high settings but the machine struggled with more taxing titles battlefield 4 ran very well at high settings hitting 51 frames per second while unreal engine powered BioShock Infinite at high hit 59 frames per second the system really struggled with Crysis 3 though managing only 48 frames per second of medium while Metro last light was unplayable at high settings only by switching down the game to normal to the game average around 60 frames per second those are still good results for such a small box though and certainly in line with a mid-range gaming system however there's a price premium attached to having all those components housed in such a small box and you could certainly build a comparable full-sized system yourself for less money you'll also have to put up with a lot fan noise if you decide to pick up a bricks even at idle the brick sees fans are distracting but boot of a game and they kick into overdrive on a desk its obnoxiously loud and even if you tucked it away into a cupboard you're going to hear it this thing pumps out a serious amount of heat and it's clear that the cooling system based on a copper heatsink sandwich and too little fans at the side of the case isn't quite adequate for the hardware in our testing the GPU core temperature was pushing over 80 degrees which is very toasty and sometimes cause the GPU to throttle back its core and memory speed to compensate that's a shame because on paper the bricks gaming would make the ideal living room PC or steam machine it performs admirably for its size but despite its power the bricks is hamstrung by inadequate cooling here's hoping the next version can do better you