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i've been looking for a comparison chart for these but have not been able to find one. I am also impatient waiting for the Brix AMD. I have actually not been able to find an AMD SFF anywhere, so any links are appreciated.

Looking at these at the moment and trying to determine the best as HTPC and PC replacement.

  • IntelNUC (i3 3217U) / chipset is QS77
  • Shuttle XH61V (i5 or i7) / chipset is H61
  • Gigabyte BRIX (i3-3227U) / chipset is HM77

thanks for any tips!
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There are mini-ITX systems based on the AMD platform.
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Obviously the full fledged i5/i7 will perform a lot better than the ultra low voltage alternatives. For purely media, the NUCs will do just fine. For an everyday PC, the Shuttle will be better.
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Obviously the full fledged i5/i7 will perform a lot better than the ultra low voltage alternatives. For purely media, the NUCs will do just fine. For an everyday PC, the Shuttle will be better.

I want to use adobe cs (premiere pro and photoshop) and need to stream NFL Gamepass. Do you think the i3 is up to those tasks?
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Btw... is there a reason you don't like the Brix?
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there is also the Zotac ZBOX-AD06-U... it looks more expensive than the others but has hit & miss reviews.

and so far, the intel NUC seems to be the least expensive... which is surprising.
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there is also the Zotac ZBOX-AD06-U... it looks more expensive than the others but has hit & miss reviews.

and so far, the intel NUC seems to be the least expensive... which is surprising.

Brix is the least expensive (well, non-celeron version) when you factor in the power brick. Plus the brix adds the wireless card.
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Brix is the least expensive (well, non-celeron version) when you factor in the power brick. Plus the brix adds the wireless card.

i've got a drawer full of unused power bricks and it'll be connected to my router via cat6e so no need for the wireless card.
these prices are in yen (but pretty much 1:1 exchange rate right now):

NUC i3 BOXDC3217IYE: 28,434
128 GBSSD 11,600
8GB DDR3 5,980
TOTAL: 46,014

Shuttle XH61V 17,638
Inteli3 BX80637I33225 15,060
128 GBSSD 11,600
8GB DDR3 5,980
TOTAL: 50,278

Gigabyte BRIX (i3) GB-XM12-3227 36,643
128 GBSSD 11,600
8GB DDR3 5,980
TOTAL: 54,223

Zotac AMD E2-1800 ZBOX-AD06-U 38,279
128 GBSSD 11,600
8GB DDR3 5,980
TOTAL: 55,859

Even if i added another 5,000 yen ($50) for brick and wireless card the NUC is still fifty bucks cheaper than the BRIX. Is there something else I'm missing needed for the NUC?
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I've had great luck with Shuttle in the past. No personal experience with the others.
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i3 brix was only $10 more than the i3 Intel nuc the last time I checked.

While you might have an extra power brick that is compatible laying around many/most do not.

Wireless comes in handy if you ever want to take it with you as a mobile htpc (vacation, meetings, traveling with kids, etc) and since it's basically the same cost its a bonus.

All my opinion of course.
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i3 brix was only $10 more than the i3 Intel nuc the last time I checked.

While you might have an extra power brick that is compatible laying around many/most do not.

Wireless comes in handy if you ever want to take it with you as a mobile htpc (vacation, meetings, traveling with kids, etc) and since it's basically the same cost its a bonus.

All my opinion of course.

fair points. and you've built both. they seem quite similar in terms of performance. is there much a difference between the QS77 and HM77 chipsets? (ie: is one better to have for the future?)
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I've had great luck with Shuttle in the past. No personal experience with the others.

did you have an i5 or i7?
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i3 brix was only $10 more than the i3 Intel nuc the last time I checked.

i just checked amazon (US). it appears the brix is a hundred bucks more in the japan store. that's strange, seeing as most other products (ex: nuc, shuttle, zotac) prices are pretty much the same.
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Thanks for all the advice! These forums are great.

I got to a point i always reach i call TMR (Too Much Research). So i ordered Brix i5 off Amazon (US). Even after bad exchange rates and shipping it's still considerably cheaper than the Amazon Japan one. Next up is the SSD and RAM. Probably going with Crucial M500 for SSD and undecided on memory.
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i just checked amazon (US). it appears the brix is a hundred bucks more in the japan store. that's strange, seeing as most other products (ex: nuc, shuttle, zotac) prices are pretty much the same.

Yeah, but you have Akihabara, and we don't.

At least in Akihabara, not sure if the "mom and pop" vendors are still there (I haven't been back to Japan since moving back to the states in 2001), you can get pretty much any component you may want to build whatever you want to build.

6 TV's in the house on FiOS and we only pay $4.99/month to connect them all!!! Power to the CableCard and WMC7!!!
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Yeah, but you have Akihabara, and we don't.

At least in Akihabara, not sure if the "mom and pop" vendors are still there (I haven't been back to Japan since moving back to the states in 2001), you can get pretty much any component you may want to build whatever you want to build.

Akihabara has changed a lot. It's still good for electronic components (like capacitors. resistors, etc), cabling, brackets, screws, etc. But it is not the vanguard neighbourhood of tech it once was. It is a tourist-filled mess now. And much of the new gadgets and equipment i see reviewed on http://akihabaranews.com/ can't even be purchased in Akihabara! eek.gif And, of course, 95% of the stuff you can buy there is for the Japan market, so there is no English or it is region-coded (ie: keyboards, dvd/blu-ray, OS, remotes, etc, etc).
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