Summary: The GB-BXA8-5545 gets a bit warm so don't leave anything on or around it because it needs its airflow!
Pros: The GB-BXA8-5545 is a great little unit. I use mine as a little Linux workstation and run Zorin OS Core 9 on it with no problems. Zorin recognized all the hardware and I've had zero driver issues. For storage I had originally only put a little mSATA 120gb SSD in it, but later I decided to use thi...
Cons: None, it does exactly what it's supposed to.
... to assemble the brix and you will have an excellent computer. I am very happy with the performance ...
Amazon Customer, Amazon
3 January 2015
Summary: Follow the reviews with instructions on which extra parts to buy and how to assemble the brix and you will have an excellent computer. I am very happy with the performance and small size of this computer. I also needed to purchase an operating system.
Summary: I love this little thing, but as some of the other reviewers have stated, this thing gets noisy when it's under load. Sometime when its not under load you can hear the fan hitting something. It's fast, the video works great. The wireless didn't work as well as I hoped.
Overall a great piece of technology for basic tasks
Alexander D., Amazon
24 December 2014
Summary: Overall a great piece of technology for basic tasks, home theater and streaming. Only reason I'm taking off a star is because nowhere on any website does it mention that the wifi card included is a single band 100mbps realtek junk that I'm gonna have to replace unless I route a cable over.
Summary: My case is now with customer support, so we'll see what happens. I have several other Gigabyte products that I've never had any issues with, however the technical support response has been disappointing.
Pros: This unit has been better than my NUC in that it functioned (I had nothing but BIOS issues with my core i5 NUC and ended up returning it).
Cons: This unit does not support DisplayPort 1.2 as outlined on Gigabyte's FAQ. The hardware port is physically a 1.2a port as they state, but the APU doesn't support multiple stream (MultiStream Transport or MST), part of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard. I also have an issue where the unit appears to per...
Summary: IF I can get this working correctly, it will be great. Otherwise, it was a huge let-down.
Pros: I love the size and form factor of this device, and the speed I get from such a small package is impressive and can do anything I need it to. The price was right, and if I can get my issue resolved, I think this little thing will work out well.
Cons: I cannot restart the computer. Any time I do, I get a "Disk Read Error" from the BIOS and have to power it off. I can start it up from a cold boot, and it'll run just fine. The only problem is during restarts. I checked all connections, confirmed that the mSATA SSD I purchased was supported (whic...
Summary: Serves my purposes perfectly for spreadsheets and web research. I use it as a second pc for reference work while I'm working on another pc next to it. VERY small footprint on my desk, although I've also considered mounting it on the wall next to the desk.
GB-BXA8-5545 replaced a 6 year old full size WMC HTPC.
27 October 2014
Summary: I was concerned that this unit might not be up to the task of replacing a 6-year old Windows Media Center PC running a 125W 8-core AMD cpu with dedicated graphics card. My concerns didn't last long.
Summary: I now have three of these gems in my house, two of which I purchased from Amazon. I am using two of them as HTPCs and they work perfectly, they will play anything you throw at them. I have not used them for gaming, but I have streamed over my home network as well as from Amazon Prime.