Love the form factor of the Mac Mini? Don’t love iOS and the restrictions of Apple’s ecosystem? Meet a device that is 180 degrees from the Mac Mini. That would be the build-your-own, DIY computer enthusiast Gigabyte Brix Pro.
If you’re looking for a computer that is as far on the other end of the spectrum, keep reading. If you don’t want to think about anything, at all… rest your eye, iSheep. Don’t even bother scrolling.
What is the Gigabyte Brix Pro all about?
The GIGABYTE BRIX Pro comes with two flavors of CPU, a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4770R clocked at 3.90 GHz and a Core i5-4570R clocked at 3.20 GHz. Both sport the Intel IRIS PRO HD5200 graphics.
In terms of connectivity you’ve got Mini DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, an audio jack, a generous four USB 3.0 ports and a Kensington lock. Open up the BRIX Pro and you’ll see that it supports mSATA SSD drive installation, plus space for a 2.5″ hard drive or SSD with a regular SATA port.
As well as a Gigabit Ethernet port, it’s important to note that the BRIX Pro also has an ac grade Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini-PCIe module pre-installed.
So it’s got ports and connectivity, but you’ll need to supply your own hard drives and DDR3 memory. And that hard drive you popped in, it better have an operating system on it, because the BRIX doesn’t have one of those either!
What about the Mac Mini?
The Mac Mini is not a bad computer either, but it’s just not as versatile as Gigabyte’s machine. Apple’s computer comes with an 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 at its lowest configuration, which can be upgraded to a 3.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7.
Of course, RAM and internal storage are limited to only a few options, unlike Gigabyte that allows you to make your own configurations. You can get a 500 GB HHD, a 1 TB HHD or a 1 TB fusion drive. And you can either get a Intel HD Graphics 5000 or an Intel Iris GPU.
When it comes to ports, you can take advantage of gigabit ethernet, HDMI, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 slots, audio in, audio out and an SDXC card slot.
Interested in checking out more about the Gigabyte Brix Pro? We’ve got a review put together just for you.