gigabyte-brix-pro-5775

GB-BXi7-5775 (rev. 1.0)

The Gigabyte Brix Pro 5775 is an odd camper. In many ways, it outperforms the Mac Mini, but it has issues with fan sound, with storage, and with connection ports.

What is odd is that in power, it can equal the 2015 21.5″ iMac for hundreds of dollars less. Especially if one chooses the terrible 5400RPM HDD or the Fusion Drive for the 21.5″ iMac.

Where the Gigabyte Brix Pro 5775 slips up is that it only offers mSATA SSD, not PCIe options, which are available on the Mac Mini and the 2015 iMac 21.5″.

If fact, were one to buy the Gigabyte Brix, and add in comparable RAM and SSD, and then buy a 4k Monitor with built in speakers, one could still save hundreds of dollars less than a 21.5″ iMac. And unlike the 2015 iMac, the monitor can be used as a monitor for other devices.

The High End
2014 Mac Minia
High End
2015 21.5″ iMac
Gigabyte-BXi7-5775
(rev. 1.0)
CPU 4th generation Haswell
i7-4578U
5th generation Broadwell
i7-5775R
5th generation Broadwell
i7-5775R
Cores/Threads 2 cores / 4 threads 4 cores / 8 threads 4 cores / 8 threads
Frequency 3 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.8 GHz
Mobile/Desktop Mobile CPU Desktop CPU Desktop CPU
Graphics/td> Iris 5100 Iris Pro 6200b Iris Pro 6200b
Internal Speaker Yes Yes: Stereo No
RAM 16 GB GHzc (soldered on)
LPDDR3 SDRAM
1600 MHz
16GB GHzd
SODIMM LPDDR3
1866 MHz
16GB GHze
SODIMM DDR3L
1866 MHz
STORAGE 500GB (PCIe) SSDf 500GB (PCIe) SSDf 500GB (mSATA) SSDg
CONNECTIVITY Gigabit Ethernet port
– Bluetooth 4.0
– HDMI port
– 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
– 4x USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
– Audio in port
– 3.5 mm headphone jack
– SDXC card slot
– IR receiver- Gigabit Ethernet
– Bluetooth 4.0
– 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports
– 4x USB 3 ports
– SDXC card slot
– 3.5 mm headphone jack- Gigabit LAN
– Bluetooth 4.0
– HDMI
– Mini Display Port
– 4x USB 3.0
– Headphone jack with S/PDIF
SERVICEABLE None Memory and RAM
are Serviceable
None
WEIGHT 2.7 pounds (1.22 kg) N/A 2.67 lb (1.5 kg)
COST $1599.00 $2299.00
(if options are chosen)
$862.–h
WARRANTY $99 for Apple Care $169 for Apple Care 3 year limited warranty for
barebones NUC included
a Not the absolute highest, one can get a 1TB SSD.
b The GB-5775’s i7-5775R’s Iris Pro 6200 far outperforms the Mac Mini’s Iris 5100.
c Assuming, you order the MacMini with 16GB RAM. RAM is soldered on and cannot be changed later.
d Assuming you order the 21.5″ iMac 16GB RAM. RAM is soldered on, and cannot be changed later.
e Assuming you install 1866 MHz 16GB RAM. In the GB-BXi7-5775 RAM can be changed later.
f Assuming you order 500GB (PCIe) SSD Storage.
gThe GB-BXi7-5775 offers an option of (1) HDD and/or (1) SSD. However, we wanted to make a comparison of similar options.
BUT BE AWARE – UNLIKE THE APPLE PRODUCTS NO PCIe SSD STORAGE IS OFFERED. THIS WILL AFFECT READ/WRITE SPEED.
hThis price can vary with time, supply, and options chosen.

One can see that for far, far less money, the GB-BXi7-5775 can outperform the Mac Mini.

Some Strengths.

– The GB-BXi7-5775 has a quad core desktop processor – far better than the Mac Mini.
– The GB-BXi7-5775 RAM has a faster frequency.
– The GB-BXi7-5775 allows for an HDD plus SSD pairing.
– The GB-BXi7-5775 is easily serviceable in RAM and Storage.

Some Drawbacks.

– The Gigabyte Pro lines have noise issues.
– The Gigabyte Pro lines has an external power brick.
– The Gigabyte Pro does not offer the faster PCIe SSD option.

Conclusions: This is a good replacement for a Mac Mini. Similar size, far more powerful, and cheaper.  However, the lack of a PCIe SSD option can affect performance; probably not much. The better CPU is a killer.

Disclaimer: We strive to be as accurate as possible in our data. You are responsible to check yourself, before buying.

Video:

THIS IS AN EARLIER MODEL Brix Pro 4770R WITH THE HASWELL CPU, BUT YOU CAN HEAR THE NOISE