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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

Test Setup

 

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I used the same Kingston HyperX Impact (HX421S13IBK2/16) DDR4 2133MHz SO-DIMM kit I used in my ASRock BeeBox-S review along with a Samsung 950 Pro NVMe based PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD. GIGABYTE made sure to include an oversized thermal pad to cool down the M.2 drive you use.

 

CPU, Memory, System, and Graphics Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

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wPrime

 

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AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

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AIDA64 Memory

 

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HandBrake Video Encoding

 

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PCMark8 Home Test

 

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PCMark8 Work Test

 

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WebXPRT

 

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3DMark11

 

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UNIGINE Heaven 4.0

 

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Resident Evil 6

 

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Since the BRIX BKi5A-7200 uses an i5-7200U and ASRock's BeeBox-S uses the i5-6200U, we can see the improvements that Intel has brought to the table with Kaby Lake. Both CPUs have the same TDP, but the i5-7200U is clocked 200-300MHz higher.

 

Regardless of clocks, Intel was able to get more performance out of the 14nm node. While higher clocks are nice, Kaby Lake also has a much nicer integrated GPU and scores better in gaming benchmarks.

 

 

Storage and Network Performance

 

CrystalDiskBench-Read:

 

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CrystalDiskBench-Write:

 

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ixChariot Network Throughput:

 

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Storage and network performance are also very strong. The BRIX BKi5A-7200 provides the same storage performance as a full-blown desktop.

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