Small form factor systems are nothing new, we’ve seen them for a while now. One of the leaders in this area has to be Gigabyte with their BRIX systems. The BRIX systems are extremely small, yet offer great performance! Gigabyte makes all different types of BRIX kits for different situations. Gigabyte was showing off new models of the BRIX at CES in January with Intel 6th Generation Core “Skylake” processors and now we have one in the office to play with. It is the BSi7-6500, which features an Intel Core i7-6500U processor, Intel HD Graphics 520, 2x DDR3L SO-DIMM slots, 1x 2280 M.2 slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more! You get all of this in a form factor that is extremely small, the official dimensions of the unit are 34.4 mm x 112.6 mm x 119.4 mm! Let’s see what this new BRIX model is all about!
– Features Latest Intel® 6th generation Core Processors
– Ultra compact PC design at only 0.46L (34.4 x 112.6 x 119.4mm)
– 1 x M.2 SSD (2280) slot
– 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slot (1600MHz / 1866MHz / 2133MHz)
– Intel® IEEE 802.11 ac ,Dual Band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2 NGFF M.2 card
– HDMI plus Mini DisplayPort Outputs (Supports dual displays)
– Intel® HD Graphics 520
– 4 x USB 3.0
– Intel Gigabit Lan
– Handset and Microphone jack
– VESA mounting Bracket (75 x 75mm + 100 x 100mm)
The BRIX comes in a retail box that is not much larger than the unit itself. On the front it has a photo of the BRIX and it lets us know our unit comes with a wireless module.
Flipping over to the back we have a full overview of the ports on the front and back of the unit, the connectors inside the, and what all is included with the kit.
On one side of the box there is a sticker with the model number, which is GB-BSi7-6500 and all of our specifications. As you can guess from the model name our BRIX comes with the Intel Core i7-6500U. The new 2016 models have three processor choices which are the Core i3-6100U, Core i5-6200U, and the Core i7-6500U.
Getting everything out of the box we have the BRIX BSi7-6500 unit, VESA mount, power brick, power cable, quick start guide, and drivers CD. Unless you really need it during installation download the latest drivers from Gigabyte’s website.