MOTHERBOARD VENDOR Sapphire has updated its Edge nettop range with a model that sports an Intel Celeron 847 processor.
Sapphire's Edge range of nettops had previously used AMD chips to create pint-sized nettops that could punch harder than their size suggested. Now the firm has released the Edge HD4, opting to use Intel's Celeron 847 processor instead of an AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) processor.
While Sapphire's decision to use an Intel Celeron should mean that graphics performance suffers when compared to Edge models with AMD's APUs, the firm has designed the unit with decent specifications. The firm opted for 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 320GB hard drive, while connectivity is provided by WiFi and an Ethernet port along with four USB ports, one of which is USB 3.0, while the video outputs are HDMI and D-SUB ports.
Sapphire has done very little to change the overall design of the Edge, which is not a bad thing since it was far from bad. The firm claims that the Edge HD4 nettop is slimmer than many wireless access points and around the size of a paperback book.
As Sapphire is pitching the Edge HD4 at businesses it touted support not only for Microsoft's Windows 7 and Windows 8, but also Windows Vista and Windows XP. The firm said the Intel based Edge HD4 consumes less than 30W of power even under load, which should keep things quiet and make those businesses that have an eye on the electricity bill happy. µ