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Sapphire slips an AMD E450 chip into a paperback PC

A device with great expectations
Tue Feb 21 2012, 16:48

GRAPHICS CARD VENDOR Sapphire has announced its AMD Fusion based Edge-HD3 all-in-one nettop PC.

sapphire-minipc-hd3Sapphire claims its Edge-HD3 is about the size of a paperback novel and, while that depends on what type of paperbacks you read, there's no denying that the system is small. Sapphire has slipped an AMD E450 Fusion chip, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 320GB 2.5in hard drive into the case.

Although Sapphire has opted for one of AMD's lowest power chips, the 1.6GHz E450 does have a Radeon HD 6350 graphics core, meaning it can easily cope with handling 1920x1080 video. Although games won't exactly shine, the device should be more than capable of plodding along with word processing, email, web browsing and playing back high-definition video through its HDMI port.

Sapphire has done particularly well on the connectivity front with the Edge-HD3 sporting an Ethernet port and of course wireless network connectivity. However the presence of only two USB 2.0 ports is somewhat disappointing.

Sapphire claims a maximum system power usage of just 30W, which certainly is impressive, but arguably the most useful part is that the Edge-HD3 supports the leaner Windows XP along with Windows Vista and Windows 7, though the unit comes with Free DOS installed and presumably no Windows tax.

The firm has yet to announce pricing for the Edge-HD3, however Sapphire's previous Intel Atom incarnation of the device, the Edge-HD2 goes for £270. Given AMD's typical attempts to undercut Intel, expect prices for the Edge-HD3 to be a few quid south of that. µ


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