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GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXi7-4770R 2 x 204Pin Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200 Mini-PC Barebone
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2 out of 5 eggs Performance is Decent... if you can stand the noise. 04/20/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXi7-4770R 2 x 204Pin Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200 Mini-PC Barebone

Pros: -Form factor and power for the size is great. This is a Co-Work office dream.
-Built in Wi-FI worked (didn't test BT as of this writing)
-VESA mounting
-Intel Graphics work shockingly well for basic content creation and daily use
-No lags in performance unlike it's i5 brethren

Cons: -The Fan. My lord, the Fan. Your options are to keep it at a constant baseline of going (noisy) or face random speeds of the fan ranging from a going concern to full on fan panic that will make you take your hands off the keyboard and beg forgiveness for pushing the limits.
-Said limits can apparently be achieved by Facebook or running multiple workloads (the whole point of having an i7!)
-No M.2/NVe support- you're stuck with 3 Gbps SATA and a single drive, apparently you can't mix mSATA and SATA at the same time even tho the interfaces are both there (haven't confirmed this but NUC for the win with the ability to run a SATA and M.2 at the same time)
-Check the return guidelines before you buy- I got stuck with this unit which is a bummer. Was hoping to return it and wait for the new i7 NUC :-(
-The power supply for this is a monster compared to the NUC.

Other Thoughts: -I bought this unit for use as a mobile lab to test Graphics Virtualization - if that is your intent be aware that there is only one graphics core available, which you'd be able to pass thru anyway... so, not sure what the point is just yet.
-Put simply- go with the newer NUC i5 (as of this writing [4/16] the i7 hasn't been released). I bought the 615SYH at the same time as this one, and benchmarked the two against each other. The NUC outperformed the BRIX with only two cores and virtually no fan noise. This makes me think that the next generation of BRIX is going to be amazing.

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Rosewill RCR-IM5001 - 75-in-1 Internal Card Reader Hub - 3 x USB 2.0 Ports / eSATA Port / Extra Silver Face Plate / Molex Power Cable - Fits 3.5” Drive Slot
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well, it was cheap

Cons: Screw hole alignment made mounting difficult, but the bigger problem for me is that it just stopped working entirely. As in, I plugged in a USB thumb drive, windows made it's 'disconnected device' sound and it was dead. And yes, the thumb drive works fine in other hubs.
But it wasn't just the USB, all the drives stopped working.

Skip this one. Not even worth the cost to send it back.

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Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just installed one of these in a client's Dell Inspiron 17 notebook. Before the upgrade the boot time for Windows 7 was about 1 min. After, about 20 seconds. Nice!
Trim utility works as a scheduled task so I should be hands-off from this point forward.

Didn't measure how much less power the drive uses but I'm assuming he'll get a few more minutes out of his battery.
Performance on battery compared to spindle-based drive is very nice, especially with reading data. Good example of this is going thru photos with Picasa; read thru several gigabytes of photos in far less time than the previous drive.

Cons: Size is obviously less, and price is more... but c'mon. It's a laptop- who cares! 80GB is plenty, and you can use the old drive as a backup drive with a $10 external enclosure.

Other Thoughts: Can't speak to durability or anything like that just yet, but I'm assuming with Trim enabled the client will be better off long term.

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Display Name: Dustin E.

Date Joined: 01/23/06

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  • First Review: 03/09/07
  • Last Review: 04/20/16
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