GIGABYTE Unveils Comet Lake-Based BRIX UCFF PC: 6 Cores, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, & RS232by Anton Shilov on February 21, 2020 8:00 AM EST
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GIGABYTE has quietly added its first Comet Lake-U-powered ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) BRIX PCs to its lineup. The new systems were designed for home, office, and commercial applications, they offer up to six cores as well as advanced connectivity.
GIGABYTE’s lineup of BRIX UCFF barebones PCs based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core (Comet Lake-U) processors currently includes four base models featuring the Core i7-10710U with six cores, the Core i7-10510U as well as the Core i5-10210U with four cores, and the Core i3-10110U with two cores. All systems can be equipped with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory using two SO-DIMMs, an M.2-2280 SSD with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, and a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD with a SATA 6 Gbps interface.
Connectivity capabilities of all Comet Lake-U-powered GIGABYTE BRIX systems are similar and include Intel’s Wireless-AC 3168 Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 4.2 M.2-2230 adapter, a GbE port (controlled by the Intel i219V), a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector, five USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, two HDMI 2.0 display outputs, and a 3.5-mm combo jack for headsets, and an RS232 COM port. In addition, the new barebones can accommodate an add-on-card that adds another GbE and another RS232 COM port.
Measuring 119.5×119.5×46.8 mm, the GIGABYTE BRIX barebones with Intel’s Comet Lake-U will easily fit into any environment. GIGABYTE has developed a pretty broad market for the BRIX systems over the years, so the company is aiming for everything from home and office out to commercial applications like digital signage, and even for applications that require RS232 COM connectivity.
Overall, GIGABYTE is among the first computer makers to introduce UCFF barebones PC with Intel’s Comet Lake-U processors. Interestingly, despite mobile nature of the CPU, the manufacturer equips the systems with fairly beefy 90 W and 135 W external PSUs.
|GIGABYTE's 10th Gen BRIX Mainstream Mini PC Systems|
1.1 - 4.7 GHz
1.8 - 4.9 GHz
1.6 - 4.2 GHz
2.1 - 4.1 GHz
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|DRAM||Two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
Up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 in dual-channel mode
|Storage||SSD||M.2-2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)|
|DFF||1 × 2.5-inch/9.5-mm SATA 6 Gbps|
|Wireless||Intel Wireless-AC 3168
802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 module
|Ethernet||1 × GbE port (Intel i219V)|
|USB||Front||1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
|Back||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A|
|Display Outputs||2 × HDMI 2.0b|
|Audio||1 × 3.5mm audio jack (Realtek)|
|COM||1 × RS232 COM port|
|PSU||135 W PSU (19V/7.1A)||90 W PSU (19V/4.3A)|
|Operating Temperatures||0°C to +35°C||0°C to +50°C|
|Dimensions||Length: 119.5 mm
Width: 119.5 mm
Height: 46.8 mm
Now that GIGABYTE lists its Comet Lake-enabled BRIX barebones on its website, expect them to hit the market shortly.
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Source: GIGABYTE (via CNX Software)
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beisat - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkIsn't only hdmi 2.0 output a bit limiting for using this as a regular desktop computer on a modern 4k screen? Why not put one hdmi and one dp port?
CSMR - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkAgreed. Who would be hooking this up to 2 TVs or 2 projectors? 2 monitors a far more common use case, where dp is better.
ingwe - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkMany (most?) monitors have HDMI inputs these days. Though I would rather have a DP
CharonPDX - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkAgreed. I have four different 4K monitors between work and home, and all of them have both DP and HDMI. And on all of them but one (a *VERY* early gen 4K display,) they support 4K/60 over HDMI. (The early one supports 4K/60 over DP, and 4K/30 over HDMI.)
megadirk - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkIf you're worried about frame-rate, HDMI 2.0 will handle 4k @60hz and that computer isn't capable of playing games at a higher frame-rate at that res. If you're worried about connectivity, Plugable makes a $20 adapter to go HDMI->DP @4k 60hz.
timecop1818 - Sunday, February 23, 2020 - linkExcept native output of intel CPUs is DisplayPort, so you're basically wasting power converting DP to HDMI2 and back to DP.
boeush - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkThis is HDMI 2.0b, meaning it supports 4k60 HDR with HLG. So you should be fine with most 4k screens, just as long as they also have an HDMI connector (which just about all of them would!)
Sure, it can't do 4k120 - but if you need such high framerates, you wouldn't be getting such a weak CPU and iGPU in the first place.
GreenReaper - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkA serial port for the rest of us! Good to see a standard from 60 years ago is still supported today. (Technically it doesn't support the *latest* version, which mandates a DB-25 connector, not DE-9M.)
ingwe - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkOh wow I didn't notice that until I read your comment. What an interesting inclusion. I use them a bunch but never expected to see a native one in 2020.
stephenbrooks - Friday, February 21, 2020 - linkI'm guessing a bunch of industrial/commercial equipment uses the RS232 interface, so they're not aiming at home users with this feature.