GIGABYTE Unveils Four BRIX Comet Lake-U mini PC’s

Intel unveiled Intel Comet Lake processors last summer with two sub-family namely the 15W Comet Lake-U processors and the lower power 7W Comet Lake-Y processors. We’ve found the latter in products such as OneMix 3 Pro mini laptop, and the former in some System76 Linux laptops.

But so far, I had not really paid attention to Comet Lake mini PCs. There have been a few announcements at CES 2020 with Asus “Mini PC PN62“, ECS Liva Z3 Plus,  ZOTAC MI662 nano and a few others all based on Intel Comet Lake-U processors.

GIGABYTE BRIX Comet Lake Mini PC

GIGABYTE has also unveiled four Comet Lake mini PC’s with the following key features and specifications:

  • SoC
    • BRIX BRi3H-10110 – Intel Core i3-10110U dual-core/quad-thread processor @ 2.1/4.2 GHz (Turbo) with 23EU Intel UHD Graphics; 15W TDP
    • BRIX BRi5H-10210 – Intel Core i5-10210U quad-core/octa-thread processor @ 1.6/4.2 GHz (Turbo) with 24EU Intel UHD Graphics; 15W TDP
    • BRIX BRi7H-10510 – Intel Core i7-10510U quad-core/octa-thread processor @ 1.8/4.9 GHz (Turbo) with 24EU Intel UHD Graphics; 15W TDP
    • BRIX BRi7H-10710 – Intel Core i7-10710U hexa-core/deca-thread processor @ 1.1/4.7 GHz (Turbo) with 24EU Intel UHD Graphics; 15W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM for up to 64GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
  • Storage – SATA III interface for 2.5″ HDD/SSD, 7.0/9.5 mm thick
  • Video Output – Dual HDMI 2.0 up to 4K/60P
  • Audio – Realtek ALC255 codec, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless-AC 3168 card with dual-band WiFi 5 & Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 6x USB 3.2 Gen 2 including one USB Type-C port
  • Serial – RS232
  • Expansion – Support for add-on cards for 2nd Ethernet port or extra RS232 COM port
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington lock slot
  • Power Supply – DC 19.5V/6.92A via power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – 119.5 x 119.5 x 46.8 mm

GIGABYTE BRIX BRi7H-10710 Mini PC

The mini PC ships with VESA Mount bracket (75 x75 mm, 100 x 100 mm) and the company provides BIOS and drivers for Windows 10 64-bit. Linux distributions might also work.

There’s no word about availability and pricing, which should not be surprising as most Comet Lake mini PC’s are not for sale just yet. The only exceptions are Intel NUC 10 Mini PCs such as Intel NUC10i5FNHJA desktop computer that goes for close to $800 with a Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB RAM, 16 Optabe SSD, and 1TB hard drive, as well as Intel BXNUC10i7FNK Core i7-10710U 6-Core NUC Mini PC selling for $650 barebone.

More details can be found in BRIX product page with the four models covered here being the first four out of the 42 models listed.

Via AndroidPC.es

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Don’t really like the port layout.

A better option would be to move 2 of the front USB ports and the RS232 to the back. Even if they have to eliminate the 2nd HDMI or make the case bigger to do it.

In the use cases that come to my mind, extra USBs on the back would be a lot more useful than the 2nd HDMI. Otherwise, “permanent” USB cables will have to be routed around to the front. This leaves something to be desired in terms of esthetics, usability/convenience and space efficiency.

Temporary connections up front are OK but permanent connections belong in the back (not on the side). Otherwise, the size reduction is not worth much unless you intend to hang it on the back of a monitor — where you can’t access the power button.

Plugging connectors into the side consumes just as much (if not more) shelf space than a slightly larger case.

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These barebone book shelf mini PCs are getting pricier and pricier.

The GIGABYTE BLCE-4105 sporting the 4C/4T Celeron J4105 can still be had for $150. See https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Compact-Graphics-Component-GB-BLCE-4105/dp/B07DMM7Z7N. Since then Brix variants in the $300 range were released.

According to Ark Intel:

Intel® Core™ i7-10710U 6C/12T $443
Intel® Core™ i7-10510U 4C/8T $409
Intel® Core™ i5-10210U 4C/8T $297
Intel® Core™ i3-10110U 2C/4T $281

The ZBOX MI662 nano with an i7-10510U will set you back by $500. See https://store.zotac.com/zbox-mi662-nano-barebone-zbox-mi662nano-u.

Expect similar price range for these new Brix.

So despite the branding on the package and the similar format and layout of the box, these are entirely different products. Yep, you get more cores, more threads, more potential memory, faster memory, faster graphics, etc. but the price is also much heavier.

Thankfully sub-$200 good quality barebone mini PCs will continue to exist.

Let’s see what AMD is going to do with the Renoir models in terms of pricing and… strategy, like for instance be nicer to the small OEMs.

Finally given the cost of the Realtek 8125 chipset (2.5Gbe) one can only wonder why they keep getting us stuck with 1Gbe 🙁

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These days No M.2 MVMe = DOA. The performance bottleneck is the storage. Say it out loud.

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