GIGABYTE has quietly announced its new small form-factor computer designed for performance-minded gamers. The new SFF PC not only packs high-performance components, such as the latest-generation CPU and GPU, but it uses desktop-class components and could be upgradeable.

High-performance PCs in small form-factor are not rare nowadays: various PC makers use mobile CPUs and GPUs to build such systems. Such computers demonstrate high-performance out-of-the-box, but their upgrade strategy is tricky because it is not easy to get MXM GPUs or mobile CPUs in retail. When developing the GIGABYTE Gaming GT desktop (GB-GZ1DTi7-1080-OK-GW and technically this PC belongs to the Brix family), engineers from GIGABYTE wanted to create a product that could use widely available processors and graphics cards and thus potentially offer an upgrade path to the owners.

The GIGABYTE Gaming GT desktop is not really a miniature system: it measures 276×384×128 mm and is approximately 10 liters in volume, which makes it just larger than Sony’s first-generation PlayStation 3. The PC is based on a custom motherboard (210×205 mm) that is a bit larger than Mini-ITX, but is still smaller when compared to microATX or FlexATX. The system uses a dual-chamber design (CPU, DRAM, SSD are located on  one side of the PC, graphics card and other 2.5” storage devices are on the other side), but the chambers are not isolated completely because they use the same airflows generated by two system fans (we do not know how large they are, but theoretically they may be of 90 mm in diameter). It is noteworthy that the PC has an automated exhaust system that opens up exhaust flippers at the top of the computer when it needs to cool down the components.

The chassis can accommodate any double wide graphics card with a maximum size of 280 mm in length and 41 mm in depth, but nothing too custom with regards heatpipes and backplates because the space is constrained. GIGABYTE will ship the Gaming GT desktop with its own GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8 GB card, but they say the key thing is that it can be updated later. Since the card faces downwards, it has to use custom cables (bundled) to connect to displays. Audio and Ethernet cables also have to be angled, but at least it is not a big problem to find such cables in retail. On the bright side of things, the Gaming GT desktop uses a 400 W FlexATX PSU, which could be upgraded if needed.

GIGABYTE Gaming GT Spefications
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K
Quad Core with HT
4.0 GHz/4.2 GHz
91 W
PCH Intel Z170
Graphics GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming
2560 stream processors
160 texture units
64 raster operations pipelines
Memory  32 GB of DDR4 (2×16 GB DDR4)
Storage 240 GB SSD (PCIe/SATA?)
1 TB 2.5" HDD (7200 RPM)
1×2.5" bay for HDD/SSD (SATA)
Wi-Fi Intel 1×1 Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165NGW 802.11ac + BT
Ethernet Rivet Networks Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN
Display Outputs 1 × DVI-D DL
1 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × HDMI 1.4 (uses iGPU)
3 × DisplayPort 1.4
Audio 5.1-channel audio
Realtek ALC1150 codec
TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier
USB 5 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1 × USB 3.1 Type-A (10 Gbps)
1 × Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 Type-C (10 Gbps)
Other I/O -
Dimensions 276 mm × 384 mm × 128 mm
10.86 × 15.11 × 5 inches
PSU FlexATX 400 W
OS Windows 10 Home

The custom motherboard of the GIGABYTE Gaming GT PC is based on the Intel Z170 PCH and thus supports all LGA1151 processors, including the upcoming Kaby Lake chips. The manufacturer will ship the system with the Intel Core i7-6700K CPU (so, overclocking seems to be possible, but keep in mind temperatures and noise), but eventually the chip might be switched to something more powerful.

The GIGABYTE Gaming GT PC will come with 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, a 240 GB SSD (M.2 form-factor, but no word on performance), a 1 TB HDD with a 7200 RPM spindle speed and an additional 2.5” bay for an extra drive. For those, who are not satisfied with an M.2 SSD and two 2.5” HDDs/SSDs, GIGABYTE even installed one Thunderbolt 3 port to connect external high-performance storage devices or special-purpose hardware. When it comes to other I/O, then the Gaming GT desktop offers a dual-band 1×1 802.11ac + BT 4.2 wireless module, Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2400), five USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 3.1 Type-A (10 Gbps) port, 5.1-channel audio (the Realtek ALC1150 with the TI Burr Brown OPA2134 amplifier) and so on.

Finally, to give its Gaming GT system a distinctive look, GIGABYTE installed a series of RGB LEDs on top of it. The LEDs can work in different modes and can be controlled using the company’s Ambient LED application.  

Pricing and availability dates for the GIGABYTE Gaming GT SFF PCs were not available at press time. Keep in mind that actual configuration of the PC will differ based on the regions, which means that their prices will vary as well. Chances are we'll see it at CES next week.

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  • fanofanand - Friday, December 30, 2016 - link

    Cool product with some nifty ideas, but I have the feeling they will want some serious compensation for their time spent. For the posted configuration i figure $2500 which is probably $1000 too high. I understand the need for profit but I don't know that the high end sff PCs have been flying off the shelves.
  • alkarnur - Friday, December 30, 2016 - link

    This has a volume of 13.6L which is almost double the 7.2L of the DAN Cases A4-SFX. It's even significantly bigger than the 10L Node 202.

    You can tell by the oval shape, as opposed to rectangular shape, that they weren't concerned with optimizing compactness.
  • jwcalla - Saturday, December 31, 2016 - link

    There is no market for PC gaming consoles.
  • chipped - Monday, January 2, 2017 - link

    What a bad design... The Mac Pro can accomodate two CPU's and two GPU's and looks great, and only uses one fan, and it's easily upgradeable.

    Just goes to show the difference in their engineering capabilities are like heaven and earth.
  • DestruyaUR - Monday, January 2, 2017 - link is it that you can, in this day and age, make a 'PC console' without an accessible (or present) M.2 port?
  • Mystification - Monday, January 2, 2017 - link

    It looks like a bin...
  • Mikuni - Monday, January 2, 2017 - link

    Wow, they couldn't make it uglier even if they tried.
  • milkod2001 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - link

    looking forward to read late late review here about this product.
  • Amiga5 - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - link

    Looks cool but no way would I even want it. No multiple gpu's and power supply needs to increase up to 700 or so. Heat would be the biggest issue. I would want it water cooled for gpu oc and cpu. For a gaming rig. It going to be 90C - 100C in there. Too hot. They went all the way except the most important thing. Water cooling would make that rig a powerhouse. At least it can be upgraded to a 6 core or 8 core i7 series but power must go up. 5ghz would be easy with water

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