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GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5545 2 x 204Pin AMD Radeon HD 8510G Mini-PC Barebone

  • AMD Richland A8-5545M 1.7G/ 2.7GHz(Turbo)
  • AMD Radeon HD 8510G
  • 2 x 204Pin DDR3L 1333 (1.35V)
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Redefining the Desktop PC

Challenging the essence of how we define a desktop PC, GIGABYTE engineers have developed an ultra compact PC with a stylish design based around an anthracite aluminum frame and glass surface chassis. Ideal for a broad range of computing applications at home or in the office, the BRIX expounds sheer simplicity and convenience. With a broad choice of processors covering the entire performance spectrum, the BRIX sets a new standard for desktop miniaturization that makes it perfect as a discreet HTPC/multimedia hub, an ultra-low power PC for the family, an office PC or as a digital signage unit.


Dual Display

With support for HDMI and DisplayPort, the BRIX can power two displays simultaneously, making a perfect choice as a high productivity PC in professional and home environments, or in any number of industrial and commercial multi-display applications.


Flexible Compact PC Kit

The BRIX is sold as a DIY PC kit, shipping with a Mini PCIe Wi-Fi module pre-installed, plus a power adapter and cable conforming to local standards. Requiring only system memory and mSATA SSD, the BRIX gives users the flexibility to independently choose integrated storage and system memory size, without the trouble of sourcing components that are not widely available on the retail market.


VESA Support

Bundled with a VESA bracket, the BRIX can easily be mounted behind a monitor or HDTV making it discreetly hidden from view. This makes it simple and effective way to turn any VESA-compliant display or TV into a full-featured PC or digital signage unit.


GB-BXA8-5545

Learn more about the GIGABYTE GB-BXA8-5545

General

Brand
GIGABYTE
Model
GB-BXA8-5545

CPU Supported

CPU Type
AMD Richland A8-5545M 1.7G/ 2.7GHz(Turbo)

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 204Pin
Memory Type Supported
DDR3L 1333 (1.35V)
Max Memory Supported
16GB

Expansion Slots

Other
1 x mSATA slot
1 x Half-size mini-PCIe slot occupied by the WiFi+BT card

Graphics

Onboard Video
AMD Radeon HD 8510G

Audio

Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC269

Communications

LAN
Realtek RTL8111G
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
Yes

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2 x USB 3.0
Front Audio Ports
1 x head phone jack

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1 x HDMI
VGA
1 x Mini DisplayPort
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0
RJ45
1
Other Rear Ports
1 x DC-In
1 x Kensington lock slot

Power Supply

Input
AC 100-240V
Power Supply
Output: DC 19V
3.42A

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
4.5" x 4.24" x 1.18"

Features

Features
The BRIX from GIGABYTE is an ultra compact and versatile DIY PC kit available with a broad choice of processors covering a range of performance points. The BRIX redefines the desktop PC in terms of miniaturization with a form factor that sits in the palm of your hand. Ideal for compact HTPC builds or as a standard desktop in the home or office, the BRIX doesn't hold back in terms of display and peripheral connectivity, or raw performance.

Supports dual display video output via HDMI and mini DisplayPort.

Includes IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0/3.0 Combo Mini PCIe module.

Includes VESA bracket for discreet display and wall mounting.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Bryan L.
  • 6/12/2014 1:00:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Small

Pros: Very small, quad-core, low power consumption, dual memory slots for 16GB total, HDMI, dual monitor support, wireless N card occupies mini-PCIe slot for easy upgrade later.

Cons: USB 3.0 ONLY! Most likely not a big deal for most people, but I was building 3 of these for use in corporate environment and Windows 7 does not have built in USB 3.0 drivers. I actually put the drivers on the Windows 7 boot image (USB drive) and it would get all the way through installation, but after initial reboot the keyboard/mouse would no longer work.

This is more of a Windows 7 issue and my own lack of foresight, but thought it would have been nice if Gigabyte kept at least 1 USB 2 port for anyone who still needs to install Windows 7.

I actually had to install Windows 8 to get this to work at all which is why I removed 1 egg.

Other Thoughts: Awesome little system...obviously not a heavy gaming system, so anyone who complains about that is not too bright. Overall the 16GB memory capacity along with all the other Pros above makes this the perfect little system for a lot of basic applications.

Would recommend this to anyone needing a small PC with light to medium (non-gaming) use.

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  • John N.
  • 6/2/2014 8:07:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome product

Pros: Small
Quiet, barely notice it even under load
Quad core, very good at multitasking

Cons: weak bluetooth
Price, although it's cheaper than any of the i3's the whole catagory of micro pc's are overpriced

Other Thoughts: Bought this thing to be used as a Playon/Plex server. I decided on the AMD Brix over Intel Brix/Intel Nuc's because of the quad core design, which I understand to be very desirable for transcoding multiple streams. So far it has been perfect, it does the job that my vastly more powerful desktop did exactly the same. I have only used 2 streams at a time so far, so I can't say if it can do more at once. I have yet do do much of anything else on it yet, but if I do I'll report back. One small downside is that the bluetooth range seems rather small. My bluetooth keyboard and mouse drop connection at the couch 10 ft away.

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  • David B.
  • 5/29/2014 6:05:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat media system

Pros: Got the system after the Ars Technica review to connect to my TV. I've been extremely satisfied with the unit so far. Installed Linux Mint 16 on it, almost everything has worked perfectly, with the singular exception of the graphics card; using the OSS drivers in the kernel, audio output over HDMI wouldn't work. However, the closed-source ATI driver works, and the kernel version in Mint 17 works "out of the box" (3D acceleration, working HDMI audio output). Hardware has worked fine under lots of use; I've done a lot of torrenting and media playback, and it's held up so far. Unit is small, quiet and unobtrusive; the fan is quiet enough when it's on (quieter than my PS3's disk drive ;).

Assembly was easy and went off without a hitch; unscrew the back, pop it off, slide the ram and SDD in, put the back on. The drive and RAM I got worked just fine without issue.

The Ars review reported UEFI issues, but I didn't encounter those; Mint 16 installed and booted without me having to do anything. I had no other software or hardware issues, besides getting HDMI audio to work.

Easily supports 1080p playback of all of my media that I've tried. Using full-screen projectM visualization and listening to Feedly right now. :)

Cons: Getting HDMI audio working in Linux was frustrating; the in-kernel drivers for the kernel used in Linux Mint 16 don't support audio over HDMI. The closed source driver (the update one, not the current one) supports both audio and graphics over HDMI, but is a little twitchy. Fortunately, the open-source driver for the kernel version used in Mint 17 appears to support both audio and video over HDMI out of the box, and is much more cooperative with the rest of the system.

Doesn't include SPDIF output; I've had to buy an external USB sound card for that.

Other Thoughts: Using wired USB keyboard and mouse was annoying, I eventually got a wireless keyboard/touchpad combo.

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  • Eric B.
  • 5/28/2014 4:15:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Box!

Pros: -everything works with linux out of the box (wifi, hdmi audio, video, bluetooth, etc...)
-foss AMD driver and VDPAU hardware decoding works for great video play back
-quad core
-quiet
-low power usage, uses 19 watts :)
-usb 3 ports

Cons: -only msata drives, unless you use external usb drives
-uses 1.35 volt memory
-no spif port
-no esata port

Other Thoughts: I am using this as a combo mythtv frontend and backend with ubuntu 14.04 as the os. It has more then enough power to do these jobs without any problems. The video play back with VDPAU and mythtv 0.27.1 works great for mpeg-2 and h264 content 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. The only thing right now is the foss drivers only allow for 2x temperoal hardware deinterlacing for 1080i content. However all video is shape and smooth as silk.
Just remember you need to install vdpau to hardware decoding, you can check to see if it working my running vdpauinfo in the command line

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  • Carlos L.
  • 5/9/2014 11:42:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It's a nice compact unit, with a decent ATI GPU.

Cons: The AMD A8 is much slower than an I3. I read a few online sources that didn't seem to indicate such a big difference, but when I did for loop testing, it was significantly slower (ie 50% slower).... so much so that in spite of the price difference, I really realized the i3 was worth the difference.

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  • Nathan F.
  • 3/20/2014 12:32:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSuprisingly small, perfect for light usage

Pros: - Surprisingly small - I was expecting something closer to the size of a mac mini, but this is significantly smaller.
- Extremely fast and easy to assemble, at least once you get the bottom unscrewed (more on that below).
- Solid construction: I'm confident that it can take a bit of abuse and keep on running smoothly.
- Fast enough CPU & GPU for basic Office/Internet usage and possibly some light gaming.
- All USB ports are 3.0 - I'm not sure why so many systems still ship with USB 2 plugs.
- Super-fast boot time: only 1-2 seconds on the BIOS, and then only a few seconds more to get to the Windows desktop.
- Acceptable fan noise at full load: audible but not loud.

Cons: - Bottom screws were difficult to remove initially - they were small enough that I had to use a smaller screwdriver, but they were in so tightly that I had use needle-nose pliers to grip and turn the screwdriver (without the pliers, it just hurt my fingers and didn't actually turn the screw.
- Drivers came on a CD. There is no CD drive on this computer, making that fairly useless.
- Windows 8 didn't recognize the WiFi card so I had to find an ethernet cable to to get it online to download the drivers.
- Although certainly within the acceptable range, the fan was a little louder than I expected when under a moderate workload.
- It initially only recognized half of my RAM, similar to what another user reported. Removing and re-seating the RAM fixed this issue.
- The only 1/8 inch audio output is the headphones plug on the front. So if you're going to be using this with "regular" speakers, you'll have to have a cable sticking out of the front all of the time.
- Only 2 USB ports on the back. So if you want to plug in a keyboard, mouse, and printer, you'll need to either plug one of them into the front, just like with the audio (or buy a hub, I suppose.)
- I'd prefer to see higher speed RAM supported since that's a bit of a graphics bottleneck, but I don't know if that is within Gigabyte's control or not.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm very happy with this system. Even though I listed a lot of Cons, none of them were a big deal and the Pros far outweigh them.

The computer gets warm to the touch but certainly not hot.

My build included a 240GB Crucial M500 mSATA SSD and 2x4GB G.Skill DDR3L 1333 RAM - faster than this system supports but less expensive then the slower RAM.

I set this one up for a family member who will mostly be using it for email and Facebook, and it's more than adequate for her needs. I think I might just build one of those for myself once they release an updated Kaveri edition.

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  • dale b.
  • 3/16/2014 8:44:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good

Pros: Small, low power, pretty quiet

Cons: Relatively expensive, no cables included - I had to dig up a spare hdmi cable to fire it up.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to mainly to use as a minecraft server for my kids and their friends. I have a foxconn nt-a3500 that is looking somewhat underpowered as I expand the server. According to cpubenchmark.net, the 5545M in this unit gets a score of 2538 vs. 759 for the E-350 in the nt-a3500, and it is obvious the 5545M is quite a bit more powerful. Of course it is more expensive, but I think the big boost in performance will be worth it.

In testing it so far this unit is very impressive for general use - web browsing mainly. It is also low power, using ~15W idling, and ~2W on standby. It is quiet, but the fan does ramp up pretty quickly as the cpustarts to work hard.

Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10 run on this pc w/o a hitch. I have not been able to install 14.04 daily build - it gives me a kernel panic and crashes on init. I assume that will be fixed by the time 14.04 is released.

I'm not particularly happy w/ the AMD graphics under ubuntu so far. I don't intend to use it for videos, but I tested it out, and have not had good luck playing a ripped blu-ray in either the default player or VLC. With the default player the sound cuts out shortly after the video starts, and with VLC, the video stalls out for several seconds quite often. I played around w/ the settings in the catalyst control center, but have not found a solution that works.

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  • Steven O.
  • 3/8/2014 1:14:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic system!

Pros: Extremely well-built machine that has run day in and day out since I purchased this several months ago. 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD mSATA hard drive and openSUSE Linux make this system one the one to beat.

I am installing one at my wife's work and will have another one installed at our house connected to the TV.

Cons: None of which I am aware.

Other Thoughts: Now, if only it would make a good cup of coffee...

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  • Joseph S.
  • 3/5/2014 2:18:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Small and quiet. Does normal task well.
Plays 1080p video well
Even plays WOW at medium setting at 80fps
Great little back up machine

Cons: Limited for heavy games

Other Thoughts: Use the fastest memory you can get

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  • STEPHANE R.
  • 3/4/2014 4:37:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGB-BXA8-5545

Pros: Compact, low power consumption
Tinier than an Intel NUC
I use this computer to browse the internet at home and at work and some photoshop work. The price is attractive but you can get better performance products for $150 more.
Good enough to do anything you want with this computer

Cons: The fan starts kicking in when you launch some GPU applications ,and it overheats a little bit.
Low video performance
3D benchmark Directx11: graphics 892, physics 2041, combined score 692.
No overclocking possibilities
Gaming at 720P is impossible
Got a better experience with Intel NUC D4250WYK for virtualization.

Other Thoughts: Same power adapter between BRIX and Intel NUC
got some drivers issues with windows 8.1

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