Inside the BRIX Pro - Part 2
Looking at the other side of the motherboard, all you can see is the CPU cooler. It comes with a “blower” fan that removes hot air from the BRIX Pro.
Removing the fan, the heavy, pure copper, CPU heatsink is exposed.
Removing the cooler, you can see the CPU (at the center, soldered to the motherboard) and the Intel HM87 chipset.
The Core i7-4770R is a high-end CPU, with four cores (eight threads thanks to the Hyper-Threading technology), 6 MiB of L3 cache, 3.2 GHz nominal clock and 3.9 GHz turbo clock, and 65 W TDP.
The Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU embedded in the processor has 40 cores running at 1.3 GHz. It has a 128 MiB eDRAM cache memory embedded, which allows it to reach 3D performance similar to discrete video cards.
The Gigabit Ethernet interface is controlled by a Realtek RTL8111G chip.
The audio is generated by the chipset using the Realtek ALC269 codec, which supports only 2+2 channels, providing 98 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the analog outputs, 98 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the analog inputs, and up to 192 kHz sampling rate for outputs and 96 kHz for the inputs, with 24-bit resolution. It is a shame Gigabyte used such a low-end codec, which limits the audio capabilities of the computer, unless you use an external audio interface.