Gigabyte has conscionable revealed its upcoming mini PC, the caller Brix Extreme, launching successful the 2nd 4th of 2022. Although connected the aboveground the PC resembles the Apple Mac Studio, connected the inside, it’s a full antithetic story.
The small, square-shaped machine comes with a big of connectivity options, 12th procreation Intel processors, and Gigabyte’s proprietary hydro-cooling system. Will it beryllium capable to support up with the Mac Studio?
This isn’t Gigabyte’s archetypal rodeo successful the instauration of a mini PC — the 2022 mentation of Brix comes arsenic a successor to erstwhile models. This clip around, the Brix Extreme volition diagnostic Intel Alder Lake processors, entree to Wi-Fi 6E, PCIe Gen 4.0, and enactment for up to 4 displays. Let’s instrumentality a person look astatine what Gigabyte has already unveiled.
Brix Extreme volition beryllium disposable successful 2 variants — a Slim mentation and a Tall version. They evidently alteration by size, though some the PCs stay compact and portable. The Tall version, however, offers other retention capableness and has the abstraction to accommodate a 2.5-inch SSD oregon HDD.
Gigabyte utilized strictly 12th-gen Intel CPUs, ranging from Core i3 to Core i7. All of these processors are the mobile versions of Alder Lake, are based connected a 7nm technology, and connection up to 12 cores. The hybrid architecture means that 4 of those cores are P-cores (performance) and 8 are E-cores (efficiency). Gigabyte promises timepiece speeds of up to 4.7GHz.
The institution cites benchmark results (SYSMark25 and CrossMark) to beryllium that the latest Intel CPUs volition present a show summation implicit the erstwhile generation, claiming that we tin expect to spot gains of up to 28% compared to 11th Gen Intel. Gigabyte besides boasts a 10% summation successful GPU performance.
In presumption of graphics, the Brix Extreme doesn’t travel with a discrete graphics paper and has to trust connected Intel’s integrated Iris Xe exertion with 96 execute units (EUs). Gigabyte claims that this volition let users to play the latest games connected ultra settings, but it’s champion to instrumentality this with a atom of salt. Nevertheless, the Brix Extreme tin beryllium utilized for casual gaming.
Aside from the above, we’re getting DDR4 representation and PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD storage. The mini PC supports 2.5G Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6E, promising accelerated and unchangeable connections. Connectivity is made safer owed to the integrated TPM module.
The Brix Extreme comes with a ample fig of ports and it tin enactment up to 4 displays astatine erstwhile moving astatine 4K. This is done via 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, 1 USB-C DisplayPort, and 1 mini DisplayPort. Although the mini PC supports 8K resolution, users volition person to usage DisplayPort 1.4 to instrumentality vantage of that.
Gigabyte’s caller mini PC should beryllium a bully prime for a assortment of usage cases, ranging from bureau enactment to mounting it up arsenic an amusement halfway with aggregate displays. However, it’s hard to ideate that it volition genuinely rival the staggeringly almighty Mac Studio. The caller M1 Ultra spot recovered successful 1 of the versions of the Mac Studio mini PC is a existent powerhouse, combining 2 M1 Max chips into one. We volition person to hold and spot benchmarks of the Brix Extreme erstwhile it arrives, but it’s apt that Gigabyte isn’t trying to motorboat a existent Mac Studio rival here.
One cardinal accusation is missing from Gigabyte’s uncover — the pricing of the caller Brix models. As the 2nd 4th of the twelvemonth is astir here, we’re apt to larn much astir this successful the adjacent future.
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