Giada Launches High-End Mini PC with Haswell, GTX 650
First shown at Computex 2013 at the beginning of the month, Giada has reportedly launched the D2308, a new mini PC that crams Intel "Haswell" processors and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650 GPU into a small form factor. This is ideal for consumers and businesses who want a lot of power, but can't afford the desktop or counter space.
"Using the latest 4th generation Intel (Haswell) Core i5/i7 CPU, with the powerful Nvidia GTX650 enthusiast GPU, Giada has created a high-end mini computing platform that is targeted at living room computer needs and CEO-level business environments," the company said. "The D2308 also features 3 antennas for maximum signal reception and wireless throughput with a maximum speed of 450 Mbps."
The D2308 currently isn't listed on the company's website, but the previous model, the D2305, has a slot-in type Blu-ray or DVD optical drive, depending on your wallet. This new model seems to offer the same along with support for Ultra HD content and two HDMI outputs. DVI, support for HDCP and an optional analog VGA interface are also provided for video signal output.
"The Giada D2308 offers unprecedented performance in its size group thanks to the modern single-chip system logic, the new Haswell architecture, giving a performance increase of approximately 15 percent over the earlier generation, with a TDP reaching only 70W," the company said. "It unit also has RST- Intel Rapid Storage Technology allowing enterprise solutions to integrate SBA onto the chipset for reliable, cost-efficient storage."
The D2308 comes equipped with two SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 16 GB of DDR3-1333/1600 RAM (1 GB of VRAM already onboard), two mini-PCIe slots, a slot for a 2.5 inch SATA drive, Gigabit Ethernet, and a 5.1 channel audio codec. Connectivity includes dual-band Wireless N and Bluetooth.
The back I/O panel of the D2308 includes jacks for headphones and a microphone, two USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and a 4-in-1 card reader. The system is also equipped with a Phoenix EFI BIOS with support for an ACPI interface, and is fully compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and many other popular operating systems.
Actual availability and pricing is unknown at this point, so stay tuned. The company's previous model, the Gaida D2305, is listed here, and can be purchased through Amazon and Newegg for around $759 USD to give you a ballpark price point for the new model.