The BRIX Pro was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. Note that some of the benchmarks are pretty recent (such as x264 v5.0 and 3D Mark 2013). Loaner samples haven't been tested with these new benchmarks. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph are not the same. In the Windows Experience Index, the BRIX Pro scored 6.9, and was primarily held back by the graphics subsystem.

Futuremark Benchmarks:

Futuremark PCMark 7

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Futuremark 3DMark 2013

Futuremark 3DMark 2013

Miscellaneous Benchmarks:

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R11.5

Video Encoding - x264 5.0

Video Encoding - x264 5.0

These benchmark numbers are downright impressive for a system in this form factor.
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  • elian123 - Thursday, January 9, 2014 - link

    I wonder whether 3200x2000 may be the max resolution with single stream transport and that multi stream transport does allow for 4K?
  • Gadgety - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    So I'm expecting to see a Kaveri APU equivalent available for less.
  • zodiacfml - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    Wow, one powerful machine. I did not consider NUC kits before, until this one.
    It's inevitable to see a kit with the heatsink as part of the case which should give better performance or fanless designs.
  • theuglyman0war - Sunday, February 2, 2014 - link

    vesa mounted behind a center monitor the mount/heatsink design dpesn't care how noisey the stock fan is/was! Time to dust off the dremel...
  • philipma1957 - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    So it is loud and overheats when maxed. I fail to see the value to a home owner. Business it looks pretty good as many stores have a high sound level. It is pricey. 650 + 200 + 100 + 100 = 1050
    I put 200 for the msata 100 for 8gb ram and 100 for a windows 7 / 8 os.
    I use pc's and macs for a home owner's ht the quad core mac mini may be a better deal. I still like the idea of a small system pushing limits. Maybe in 3 more generations it will be a lot nicer for home owners vs businesses .
  • DryAir - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    The i5-4570R costs only $8 more than the i5-4200U (acording to ARK Intel), but the i5-4570R brix is $140 more expensive than the i5-4200U brix. Why? More plastic? The extra money did not went in the cooling solution, judgind by this results.

    Ayway, i think that form factor is the better than the ULV one. Still tiny but with a much better processor and 2.5" HDD option.
  • philipma1957 - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    well that is business , you pay more because it is faster and you need the speed. they gouge you because the extra power is worth it to you. I do agree that the small size is nice but I rather it be a little bigger with better cooling. Plus 650 stripped naked is not cheap. The quad mac mini is 679 from apples refurbished store and come with an os 4gb ram and a 1tb hdd. the prcoessor it not far behind the cpu in here.
  • Wall Street - Monday, January 13, 2014 - link

    It went into the extra 128 MB of cache needed for the graphics, there literally is an additional chip in there for this. If you don't want 'gamer' graphics than don't get the Iris Pro. You are paying for in game FPS, with little benefit from the cache in other uses. If this isn't your use, don't get the Iris Pro, the HD 5000 model for a lot less. Of course this one is louder too because Iris Pro is 35 W instead of the 15 watts for the other models. If you don't need Iris pro, then get the smaller quiet model and don't pay for it. Of course, while Iris Pro is loud during games, the low end NUC computers will be < 20 FPS in a lot of games where Iris Pro is ~40 FPS, so the noise definitely gets you something.
  • tabkron - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    Please test Linux on this. Maybe SteamOS, Ubuntu or anything that's using a fairly recent kernel and graphics software.
  • Galatian - Thursday, January 9, 2014 - link

    I wish there would be cases with room for at least a slim line ODD. I mean those things are supposed to be used as HTPCs. For me they completely miss their point by trying to be as small as possible.

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