Comments about Gigabyte Ultra Compact Mini PC/Intel UHD Graphics 600/ M.2 SSD/HDMI (2.0A)/ DP1.2A Component- GB-BLCE-4105

Gigabyte Ultra Compact Mini PC/Intel UHD Graphics 600/ M.2 SSD/HDMI (2.0A)/ DP1.2A Component- GB-BLCE-4105

Features Intel Celeron processor J4105 Ultra compact PC design at only 0.63L (46.8 x 112.6 x 119.4mm) supports 2.5" Hdd/SSD, 7.0/9.5 mm thick (1 x 6 Gbps SATA 3) 1 x M.2 SSD (2280) slot 2 x SO-DIMM DDR4 slots Intel IEEE 802.11AC, Dual Band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2 NGFF M.2 card HDMI plus Mini DisplayPort outputs (supports dual displays) 4 x USB 3.0 (1 USB Type-C) Gigabit LAN headphone jack with Microphone VESA mounting bracket (75 x 75mm + 100 x 100mm).


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The processor in this little machine is supported by Plex for hardware transcoding.
What this translates to, I am able to transcode three simultaneous streams of 1080P to my Roku 3s (both video and audio transcoding), and was able to transcode a 4th stream to a web client.

That's outstanding for a machine at this price point! And it sips electricity - perfect for 24/7 operation.

This box was perfect for my needs, added a 4GB DDR4 stick, and a 128GB SSD (2.5" for the lower cost vs M.2).
Running headless Plex server on Ubuntu, with my media stored both on a NAS and in the cloud.

Pretty good design. Uneventful installation and setup.

Memory: Crucial 16GB kit (8GBx2), 260-pin SODIMM, DDR4 PC4-19200 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019FRDAY6)

Boot disk: Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD - CT1000P1SSD8 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J2Q4SWZ)

Storage: external USB3 attached Western Digital Red 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX (https://www.amazon.com/Red-4TB-NAS-Hard-Drive/dp/B00EHBERSE) in Vantec 3.5" SATA 6 Gb/s to USB 3.1 Gen II Type-A HDD Enclosure (NST-370A31-BK) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WT99GNW)

OS: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (installed using a USB stick, burnt downloaded ISO image with Etcher.)

Usage: always on distributed compute and storage (while not burning too much energy). So I don't care about the fan at reboot :-) and frankly it is not that loud and lasts something like 2 sec. Removing stars because of this looks to me quite radical.

Video on a 1920x1080 is excellent. Desktop usage is good (i.e. email, browsing and probably Office).

Regarding 4K, multi-monitors and ultimate gaming experience, read the other reviews. However note that the graphics come from the CPU (Intel® UHD Graphics 600) so, if this is what you are looking for, seek another system with a discrete graphical card and a more powerful CPU.

Picture: original setup with a 1TB SSB (which I recycled to another system) I then switched to the 1 TB nvme mentioned above. Note the 16GB of memory (could have gone with 32GB)

The Only Negative is Gameing.....and who would expect Realisticly to be Gameing on ANY computer without Serious Investment. This computer works as advertised.
Added a 1TB SSD card-drive, 16 GB DDR4 memory, and Windows 10 Home OS, and this Little Computer works VERY nicely. This it the second micro-PC that I have ventured into....and This One has Blasted my expectations for these little computers. Really, it Streams with KODI Flawlessly. Net Flix and Youtube run Perfectly in high res......no skipping...no stuttering....No Clocking. Stable USB means everything works properly. Most of my desktop software runs as well on this micro as it did on my desktop. For a micro-PC you can't go wrong if the Internet is what you want to do, or if you are replacing a dying desktop unit. If you want to Game....None of the micro-PC's that I have looked into seem to have the muscle, without climbing into the range of a Gameing Desktop or Gameing Laptip.

Went together great and runs silently. Nice solid build quality. Put in a 256 M2 drive, 8 Gigs ram and loaded Win10 LTSC without issue. Using it as a streaming box next to my work desk (Xfinity Stream, Netflix, YouTube, etc) on a second monitor. Handles it all well, not a hiccup. Feels very fast to use.

2 things that might help others:
When first hooking it up to a monitor I used a DVI to HDMI cable (DVI was on the monitor). Blank screen. Only way to get signal was different monitor, HDMI to HDMI. Was fine after that. Don't mess with anything other than HDMI on both ends.

Bios: Brix I received had bios release F1. Gigabyte's site was all the way up to F5. Worth updating the bios as things like fan speed were fixed. Get the bios from the support page for this brix and follow the pdf in the zip file. Bios updates from a thumb drive. This is the important part: format that thumb drive with Fat32 first. Anything else like NTFS you will get a read error when the brix tries to read the update files.

That's it. Really nice item for much less than a NUC.

If you have one of the older gigabyte brix and and were impressed with the build quality (and paid for it), this ain't the same thing. It's just a piece of plastic. A lot of these mini pc's are essentially the same because the entire board comes from intel all soldered together, there is no variation in chipsets, etc, just the bios, and the case, (and fan) and this one falls just a bit short. The fan is very whiny and annoying when it ramps up to the point of it being unbearable being within 8 feet of the thing. I bought this because it was one of the few with the latest gen Celeron which sports HD 600 graphics and doubles the CPU cache over the previous generation, and for some reason you cannot get a genuine intel NUC with this processor. Makes sense huh, you have to go elsewhere to get the best (cheapie) intel processor. So the BRIX is OK but noisy under load, you have to update the BIOS or the fan goes bonkers when it wakes from sleep, it almost got sent back but gigabyte fixed it, and it has no VGA output or audio output of any kind, digital or otherwise. Room for a slim SATA ssd is nice, but pointless when the M.2 is cheaper and faster, I would rather have seen an eSATA port (or a digital audio port for that matter). Wait for the genuine Intel NUC version of this processor, you will be happier.

1. This is rated for windows 10 only. Something in the DVD mentions windows 7 but I used my windows 7 license to activate windows 10 and it's OK
2. when it starts, unless you do it just right the USB won't pickup your USB flash drive and you can't install anything. Make sure you setup the USB drive correctly
3. I had to do the initial setup from the command line in the shell. I found one of the reviewers gave the exact correct steps to get it started. I think you can see it for yourself. You will have to map -r, change to the flash drive (or USB drive) and run the setup.exe command from the windows 10 installation USB drive.
4. It setup so fast, I almost didn't even get time to think about it before I was at a new user login for windows 10

It can't recommend any machine over this one. IT's truly awesome. Especially with a 2TB M2 SSD boot drive.

I bought one and it arrived defective, it did not give video signal neither by hdmi nor by the display port.
I returned it, and I bought a new one, this one works well.
The problem is the compatibility of RAM memories.
With the Corsarir Vengance of 8gb (4gbx2) DDR4 2400Mhz did not give a video signal despite appearing in the QLV of the product. But when changing it to the Cosair Value DDR4 8gbx1 2133Mhz, the PC worked normally.
I thought the Vengance was defective, but I tried it on my laptop and it worked perfectly. I tried the RAM of my laptop in the mini PC and it worked with a total of 16gb (8gbx2) DDR4 2666Mhz running at 2400Mhz.
Looking in the comments, I found that another user happened something similar and found that the problem is the dual rank memories. Following his advice I bought the Crucial 16gb (8gbx2) 2400Mhz single rank and installed them in the mini PC. These worked perfectly.
So, I suggest that if you are going to buy this mini PC, buy RAM single rank to avoid compatiblity problems.

I use this as a 24/7 low power Linux SMB Server and I also host a game server for Halo Online too. Works pretty good, not too loud, and doesn't feel really cheap. You could definitely use this a basic computer or as a streaming box but anything else I'd look for a more powerful box.

When the system POSTs the fan will go at full speed which can be a bit annoying and I had an issue where I could not get a video signal with my ASUS MG28UQ monitor so I decided to switch to a spare BenQ one I had.

Overall this is a decent little barebones system if your looking to lightweight work.

Use for Ubuntu Server running Hassio in docker. This server runs stable and reliably.

Would buy another in a minute.

Pros, comparing to Beelink X45/X55 mini PC:
1: 2x M2 PCIe X2 slots ->Full support for high speed NVMe SSD vs old M2 SATA on Beelink
2: 2x SODIMM DDR4 up to 32Gb total! vs soldered 6/8Gb DRAM
3. DisplayPort with daisy chain. With HDMI 2.0a Up to 3 monitors in total.
4. 1x USB-C, though no Thunderbolt.
5. M2 PCIe WiFi module vs presoldered on Beelink.
5. Proper UEFI BIOS!

Cons:
Fan throws full speed tantrum after waking from sleep. Have to disable sleep completely.
It is not a big problem for me, cause it is almost silent on moderate loads like browsing playing videos and power consumptions is negligible.
Hope Gigabyte will address this issue in the next BIOS update.
UPDATE: I've contacted Gigabyte esupport and they sent me new F5 BIOS that solved the problem.

Important Notes!
RAM: I've bought two 4Gb dual rank Patriot SODIMMs (PSD44G240082S) and the PC will not boot, no signal on both DP and HDMI.
At the same time 4Gb single rank Crutials (CT4G4SFS824A) works just fine.
I did not find any 4Gb dual rank in the compatibility list, so my guess is, it is incompatible with dual rank 4Gb SODIMMs for some reason.
8Gb/16Gb dual rank modules are in the list though.

SSD:
Make sure to take off any heatsink thicker than half millimeter or M2 connector and SSD module will be crushed by heat sink on the bottom cover!

Latest Intel HD Graphics driver working incorrectly.
Have to use an older driver downloaded from Gigabyte BRIX support page.
UPDATE: Penultimate 25.20.100.6374 driver works. Only the last one 25.20.100.6444 do not.
Control panel is not included in the drivers anymore and has to be downloaded from Microsoft Store.

YouTube 4K 60P videos playing without a frame dropping with ~50% processor load.

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