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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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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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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.

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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Display Name: Geoff R.

Date Joined: 10/05/05


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