Gi­ga­byte BRiX Gam­ing UHD GBBNi7HG4-950-MF

A work­sta­tion or gam­ing mini-PC?

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This mini-PC is a pe­cu­liar one. The prod­uct is pitched as a gam­ing prod­uct, yet it has a min­i­mal­is­tic ap­peal typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with pro­fes­sional-fo­cused prod­ucts with sleek an­gles and brushed alu­minium sur­faces that con­trast with pi­ano black end caps. Is Gi­ga­byte is us­ing the ‘gam­ing’ moniker for SEO-driven rea­sons?

The GB-BNi7HG4-950-MF brings to the table a unique hard­ware at­tribute, though: a desk­top-de­rived dis­crete GPU in the form of a GeForce GTX 950. This cer­tainly brings some gam­ing chops to this prod­uct com­pared with oth­ers in the roundup, but we think some­one at Gi­ga­byte was hav­ing a laugh the day they as­so­ci­ated UHD gam­ing with a GTX 950. But this unit hap­pily smashes out less de­mand­ing games or with some low­er­ing of graph­ics set­tings in more re­cent ti­tles at 1080p.

The I/O op­tions on this unit are sig­nif­i­cant com­pared with other units here. Most no­tably this Brix has four graph­ics out­puts in the form of three miniDis­playPort and one HDMI in­ter­face thanks to the GeForce GTX 950. This also al­lows four si­mul­ta­ne­ous video out­puts.

Though pitched as a gam­ing unit, per­for­mance out­put, aes­thetic ap­peal, small foot­print and suf­fi­cient con­nec­tiv­ity could see this mini-PC suit­ably placed on the desk of a cre­ative pro­fes­sional. How­ever if you’re a video pro­ducer, be mind­ful that the cool­ing revved up quite a racket dur­ing the X265 4K bench­mark.

The price is a lit­tle steep, but that’s ex­pected for a mini-PC dab­bling in gam­ing.

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