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GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 2:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Test Setup

 

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There isn't much to put into the setup other than a drive and some DDR3L. I used some Kingston HyperX Impact 8GB (two 4GB) rated at 1600MHz and a Kingston 120GB mSATA SSD.

 

 

CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

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HyperPI

 

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AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

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wPrime

 

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AIDA64 Memory

 

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PCMark8 Home Test

 

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PCMark8 Work Test

 

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Graphics Benchmarks

 

3DMark11

 

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UNIGINE Heaven 4.0

 

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Lost Planet 2 DX11

 

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Resident Evil 6

 

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The Intel NUC and this GIGABYTE BRIX both use Intel's 5th generation Core I series processors. The BRIX uses the i7 5500u, and the NUC uses the i5 5250u; they are almost identical except that the BRIX's 5500u has much higher stock and turbo frequencies than the NUC's 5250u, and it also has 4MB of L3 cache as opposed to 3MB on the NUC. Both have the same TDP, but it does seem the 5500U is the clear winner in the CPU and even some GPU benchmarks.

 

There is also another difference: the NUC's 5250u has three graphics cores (Intel's HD6000), and the 5500u has only two graphics cores (Intel's HD5500). What is interesting is that the 5500u does better in the gaming benchmarks because of its greater cache and higher CPU speed, even though its specs define it as having lower performance graphics.

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