Gigabyte Unveils its 2021 BRIX Mini-PC

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The new platform delivers more TFLOPs Than The Original PS4

This week, Gigabyte unveiled its brand new BRIX Mini-PC for 2021. The new unit boasts AMD’s latest Ryzen 5000U Cezanne APUs and many new performance enhancing features.

The BRIX Mini is a small form factor PC that offers great performance for business, office setups, and even as an HTPC setup.

The company has not yet revealed which exact AMD Ryzen 5000U ‘Cezanne’ APU the Gigabyte BRIX Mini-PC uses. However, some industry analysts believe we will see several configurations, with the high-end being based on the Ryzen 7 5800U.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800U is an 8 core and 16 thread mobility chip that features a base clock of 1.9 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz. The APU also carries 20 MB of cache and a TDP that can be configured up to 25W (15W default). The GPU part is a Vega 8 chip with 512 cores and a 2000 MHz clock speed.

Compute performance that beats the original PS4

According to Gigabyte, the BRIX Mini-PC with AMD Ryzen 5000U APUs will deliver a 16% increase in single-threaded and 14% increase in multi-threaded performance compared to the Renoir Mini PC. The APU will also deliver a maximum theoretical compute performance of 2.048 TFLOPs. This puts the BRIX Mini at faster levels of performance than the original PS4 which offered 1.84 TFLOPs and Xbox One which offered 1.31 TFLOPs of compute power.

Specs also include support for up to 64 GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM memory, 1 Gen 4 M.2 slot, Built-in WiFi6E & BT5.2 capabilities, Realtek 2.5G LAN, and a range of I/O ports which include a quad display (Type-C / 2 HDMI / mDP with HDCP), 5 USB 3.2 ports, a Realtek Audio and headphone jack.

Two versions of the Gigabyte BRIX Mini-PC have been announced. A tall version will allow users to install a 2.5″ SSD/HDD and a slim version that lacks that capability.

Power for the unit comes via a 90W or a 135W AC-DC adapter. There’s also a VESA Mounting bracket that ships with the Mini-PC.

As for upgrade options, users have two upgrade kits to select from. These include an I/O expander for adding a 2nd LAN, and an RS232 communication port & a storage expander for adding 2 additional M.2 SSDs for a total of 3 SSDs.