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GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-2807 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini-PC Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great, Fast, Economical Machine 08/23/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-2807 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini-PC Barebone

Pros: Extremely small footprint. Runs Windows 8.1 with surprising efficiency. High quality fit and finish. Versatile. Runs cooler than I would expect for a passive system.

Cons: Wall-wart power supply. Wireless has limited range. Not suitable for multiple-thread, calculation-intensive computing - it is a Celeron and can only do so much at once.

Other Thoughts: I installed a 256 gig SSD, and 8 gigs PC3 10600 (bought from approved memory list supplied by Gigabyte). Loaded Windows 8.1 from a USB drive (F2 at POST got me into the boot options screen of the bios) and was up and running in less than 15 minutes.

I use this little gem as a field DVR for a vehicle-mounted thermal imaging camera I deploy during night operations. I needed a machine that could run all night and store large MP4 files, powered from a 12v to AC inverter power source. Typical video surveillance systems were too bulky and too expensive. The Gigabyte Brix has the power I need for on-the-fly video encoding from a USB capture card via open-source software, without a lot of electrical or $$ consumption . The resolution is better than the surveillance systems too.

When not in the field, I mount the Brix onto the back of a 19" monitor on the kitchen counter. Works perfect for streaming HD video and surfing the web .

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast (for 6gb bus boards) reliable, solid, Samsung reputation and service. I paid a fair price.

Cons: No con really but just keep in mind that if you are cloning your less reliable 256g old drive, you will have to get creative with partitioning/cloning that image to this 250g model.

Other Thoughts: I keep one in the bay of my Toshiba I7 laptop and a spare cloned image backup that travels in my notebook bag, so the unthinkable does not happen at the most inopportune time.

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SAMSUNG 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with Adapter, Pro Class 10 (UHS-1), Up to 70MB/s Read & 20MB/s Write Speed Model MB-MGBGBA/AM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Samsung quality. Absolutely the fastest MLC NAND I have ever owned in micro-sd format.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I use this with a relatively inexpensive security cam DVR and it has never stuttered. Buy this drive - you won't regret it.

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  • First Review: 10/22/05
  • Last Review: 07/05/14
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