Today we are reviewing the Gigabyte GB-XM11-3337 BRIX which is like Intel’s NUC except Gigabyte have redesigned the chassis, changed the I/O, changed the BIOS and opted for some higher spec hardware. While Intel’s NUC measures in at 1.55 inches thick Gigabyte’s BRIX is much smaller at 1.18 inches thick. In fact the Gigabyte BRIX is just a generally more compact unit than Intel’s NUC. Furthermore the wireless module is included as standard and USB 3.0 has been added too. Finally there is a DisplayPort and HDMI instead of two HDMI meaning you have slightly more flexibility when it comes to display outputs.
I have enjoyed reviewing the Gigabyte BRIX GB-XM11-3337 because it is genuinely like a desktop replacement as it packs a lot of punch thanks to its dual core hyperthreaded Ivy Bridge CPU. And like the NUC platform it still manages to be silent, compact and very efficient on the power consumption side of things. The Gigabyte BRIX does make a very capable desktop replacement but naturally you can get a much better desktop for the same money as this. I guess you really have to find a particular use for the low power, compactness and portability of the Gigabyte BRIX otherwise you are just paying hundreds of pounds for what is in effect a novelty item.