These small form factor PCs that I have been testing really do have solid performance when it comes to everyday tasks such as web browsing and streaming. I think most would agree that their performance is overkill for those tasks. As in any computer system, the slowest component is the one which limits overall performance for any given task. For tasks like rendering and editing, it's the CPU and memory, for gaming, it's the CPU and GPU, and for general workloads, it's the storage and connectivity.
The BRIX s BXi5H-5200 tackles all of those tasks with ease except intense 3D gaming. Its storage options, especially with the 2.5-inch SSD/HDD drive bay coupled with mSATA, are very expansive and provide a wide range of possibilities. The thing you can't really do is play the latest 3D games, but for its size and price, you really shouldn't be expecting a gaming machine.
At the time of writing, the cost of the BRIX BXi5H-5200 is about $100 less than the BRIX BXi7H-5500 and $5 less than the Intel NUC5i5RYK previously reviewed. The Intel NUC doesn't have the capability to house a large 2.5-inch drive like the BRIX, and while it offers slightly better gaming performance, you still need to take into account the cost of storage and memory. The BRIX BXi5H-5200's support for an mSATA or standard 2.5 inch SATA drive makes it a very cost effective and versatile machine compared to those SFF PCs which only support M.2.
Overall, the BRIX BXi5H-5200 has a fast CPU, good memory support, and great storage support bundled into a tiny packaged which is excellent for most tasks a sub $500 PC needs to execute. The price of the BRIX BXi5H-5200 and its support for 2.5-inch drives makes it an excellent value buy in the small form factor PC arena.
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The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's BRIX s BXi5H-5200 support for an mSATA or standard 2.5 inch SATA drive makes it a very cost effective and versatile machine, which can handle almost any normal task thrown at it, at a great price.
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