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GIGABYTE BRIX BKi5A-7200 (Kaby Lake) Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 19, 2016 10:29 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

The Teardown

 

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The bottom of the device is easy to remove, and you will see that GIGABYTE includes a big heat pad to cool down your M.2 drive. Taking the PCB out of the base isn't that easy, but you don't need to remove the PCB.

 

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Up close shots of the front and back of the PCB reveal how GIGABYTE stuffed all the desktop level features into one tiny device.

 

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The heat sink makes excellent contact with the Kaby Lake SoC. The blower fan is a Delta model BSB05505HP.

 

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An Intel i219LM is used for the 1GBit NIC, and a Parade PS175HDM is used to provide HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2.

 

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An ON Semiconductor NCP81206 is the PWM controller used to power the SoC. I couldn't identify the MOSFET's brand, but they are dual N-Channel FETs in a single package, and the inductors are custom labeled BRIX.

 

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Other power sources use fully integrated POLs from Texas Instruments. The ASMedia ASM1142 supplies the two USB 3.1 ports at the front of the device, and a Realtek ALC255 is the audio codec.

 

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An NCT5532 is probably the SuperIO. Wireless AC is from an Intel 3168NGW.

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