Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Intel kickstarted the category with their Sandy Bridge NUC kits in early 2013. Recognizing the popularity of this segment, other vendors also began to promote similar products. GIGABYTE targets this market segment with an extensive lineup of products under the BRIX brand. Late last year, GIGABYTE sent us their high-end vanilla BRIX, the GB-BXi7-4500. Unlike Intel's Haswell NUCs (with a i5-based SKU at the top end), this BRIX brings a Haswell i7 ULV processor into the UCFF market. Read on to find out what an i7 CPU can deliver in this form factor.

GIGABYTE's Haswell BRIX Lineup Updated with BRIX s Models

Very few products excite us enough to request the manufacturer to provide us with an engineering sample or demo model. The Intel NUC category has been particularly interesting as...

48 by Ganesh T S on 10/31/2013

Analyzing Power Use: 80 Plus Bronze vs. Platinum

I’ve been toying around with updating my computer lately, and one of the topics I wanted to look at was the choice of power supply. For the most part...

77 by Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013

iBUYPOWER Releases M8 Mini-ITX Gaming System

iBUYPOWER is no stranger to these parts; we reviewed a few of their desktop and laptop systems over the years. They're now one of the larger boutique PC vendors...

36 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2013

Maingear and CyberPowerPC Prepping R9-290X Desktop Systems

During the past week, AMD revealed their new R7 and R9 desktop GPUs, which mostly consist of rebranded 7000-series parts (e.g. the R9-280X). The one exception is the R9-290X...

20 by Jarred Walton on 10/9/2013

The Neophyte's Custom Liquid Cooling Guide: How To, Why To, What To Expect

When Swiftech offered to provide us with the materials to build a full custom loop, we couldn't resist.

108 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/30/2013

Chenbro’s Cubicom 200 NUC Enclosure

As the demand for increased CPU performance has largely plateaued during the past five or so year, Intel has looked to expand into other markets to continue supporting the...

17 by Jarred Walton on 9/10/2013

Analyzing the Price of Mobility: Desktops vs. Laptops

Computers have been getting faster over the years, and with the increased performance we eventually passed the point where most systems were “fast enough” and the various features and...

110 by Jarred Walton on 9/7/2013

GIGABYTE Updates BRIX: Now with Haswell

Back at Computex in June, GIGABYTE gave us a quick glimpse at future updates to their BRIX, their small form factor NUC type replacement. Today we get the...

26 by Ian Cutress on 9/7/2013

Alienware 17 Gaming Notebook Review

Prior to the Haswell generation, the Alienware M17x was the gaming notebook to get. The new Alienware 17 has a fresh coat of paint and a new moniker, but...

46 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/6/2013

OverclockersUK release 8Pack Range of ‘World’s Fastest Systems’

For users in the UK, OverclockersUK is one of the major e-tailers for computer components. In a country where off-the-shelf components are almost non-existent bar a few independent...

26 by Ian Cutress on 9/5/2013

Lenovo Announces New ThinkCentre AIOs and Desktops

Lenovo sent out word today that they’ve updated their ThinkCentre offerings, with four new models. The new models feature optional multi-touch screens, improved cable management, and new mounting options...

9 by Jarred Walton on 8/28/2013

The Rush to Bitcoin ASICs: Ravi Iyengar launches CoinTerra

Bitcoin is a topic at AnandTech we have carefully steered away from due to the ever changing state of the market and the opinions of that market. For...

51 by Ian Cutress on 8/27/2013

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 Desktop Review

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 system comes with this generation's best and brightest in a shiny new Intel Core i7-4770K and an AMD Radeon HD 7990. So why were...

18 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/22/2013

Razer Blade 14-Inch Gaming Notebook Review

While their 17" gaming system has seen steady and incremental improvement, new to the Razer lineup is a notebook with all of the gaming performance in a remarkably slim...

109 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/2/2013

Haswell and GK110 vs. Ivy and GK104: DigitalStorm Virtue System Review

While NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 has proven to be a solid update to the venerable 680, Intel's Haswell architecture has left enthusiasts underwhelmed. Can a good GPU and overclock...

70 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/23/2013

Computex 2013: ASRock's M8 mini-ITX Gaming PC

After thoroughly enjoying Falcon NW's Tiki system, I was pleased to see ASRock showcase a mini-ITX tower/desktop of its own at Computex: the M8. Inside is an ASRock mini-ITX...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Puget Systems Genesis II Quiet Workstation Review

As a boutique, Puget Systems has been able to produce some of the quietest towers we've ever tested, but can they work their magic with a pair of octal-core Xeons?

18 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/22/2013

NVIDIA R319 Series Beta Driver 320.00 Available

NVIDIA's driver numbering can be a bit of a mystery at times, but after the R313 Series that encompasses all version 313.x and 314.x releases, NVIDIA is jumping ahead...

15 by Jarred Walton on 4/23/2013

Origin Genesis Review: Triple Titan Terror

At long last we're taking an in-depth look at Origin's latest generation Genesis desktop system. Backed by a heavily overclocked Core i7 processor and no less than 3 GeForce...

63 by Ryan Smith on 4/23/2013

CompuLab Intense PC System Review: Fanless Ivy Bridge

The last time we checked out a fanless desktop system, it was Logic Supply's LGX AG150. While affordable, that system was powered by Intel's Cedar Trail Atom processor, a...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/20/2013

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