Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,598 Reviews & Articles | 56,143 News Posts

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

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

The Teardown

 

gigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-reviewgigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-review

 

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.

 

gigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-reviewgigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-review

 

 

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

 

gigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-reviewgigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-review

 

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

 

gigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-reviewgigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-review

 

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

 

gigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-reviewgigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-review

 

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.

 

gigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-reviewgigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-review

 

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.

 

gigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-reviewgigabyte-brix-bki5a-7200-kaby-lake-mini-pc-review

 

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

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading