- Jun 29, 2014
Can anybody provide a couple high definition photos of the power switch from both sides of their Brix Gaming/Brix Pro motherboards? Finding nothing on the web.
As you can see from one those pics, the switch is located where it has the RAM sockets on the other side, look at the screw hole and copper dot.
So you'd only need the one where you can see the switch:
It's placement is no bad design decision, but if someone wants to remove it, then it is less than ideal.That switch placement has got to be the single worst design decision I've ever seen.
It's placement is no bad design decision, but if someone wants to remove it, then it is less than ideal.
I do appreciate Gigabyte taking a stab into making an UCFF PC. The only thing that puts me off are that it uses laptop parts and not desktop parts. I wonder if this will be the same for Asus GR8 and the Alienware alpha as well.
That said, the cooling design needs a big improvement. I feel that this could be helped by making it bigger to allow for bigger, better fans.
The Brix Gaming 760 (nvidia edition) only uses a i5 4200H (dual core w/ Hyper-Threading) and the GPU is actually an 870M (HardForum member from a different thread stated this).
SO-DIMM ram I honestly don't care as RAM only helps so much to a certain point (1600 mhz is more than good enough) for gaming.
I guess I'm being a little harsh, but even if somebody didn't want to relocate it, I still think it's silly to put the switch on the thermal solution side of the motherboard, because it needs to be pressed by a physical piece located on the chassis, which significantly reduces the available area for a heatsink and a bigger/quieter fan to occupy, and significantly increases the chance of some kind of structural failure.
I think Gigabyte did a great job with the Brix, all the way up to the thermal solution, and then it's like they threw their hands up and said "fuck it." They cut a pretty huge corner here, and I think it was a bad ideanot only for the Brix itself, but for the gaming/mid-high performance UCFF market, which I think has a lot of potential. But maybe I'm just biased because I want it to be a thing
I'll see if I can pick up a used Brix sometime and play around with it. I've done a lot of soldering/building in small spaces (guitar effect pedals), so I'm not completely out of my element here, but I haven't ever worked with this component scale before, and I'm afraid of toasting anything on the board.