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Sapphire Unveils Edge-HD3 Mini PC

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Sapphire announced a new version of its Mini PC series.

The Edge HD-3 integrates AMD's 1.65 GHz E450 Zacate APU and consumes only 30 watts under load.

About the size of an average paperback book, Sapphire says that the PC is powerful enough to serve as a fully featured PC for home, casual gaming, education or business. Included in the package are 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive and built in wireless connectivity as well as high speed LAN port, HDMI, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. The E450 processor includes a Radeon HD 6320 (508 / 600 MHz) graphics core.

There was no information about pricing, but we expect retail prices to be in close range to the previous, Atom-based HD2 model, which currently sells for about $550 with Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP preinstalled.

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    bobusboy , February 23, 2012 2:13 AM
    Cost is a little high IMO, but the form factor makes it very tempting though.
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    lumberjack86 , February 23, 2012 2:16 AM
    I would buy this before i would buy Alienwares garbage x51 PC.
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    e56imfg , February 23, 2012 2:35 AM
    Nice! Interesting for a pre-built HTPC.The price is high but the size of this device makes up for it.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2012 2:40 AM
    I know I'm comparing apples to oranges... but the price tag on this just makes me want a raspberry pi even more.
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    southernshark , February 23, 2012 2:47 AM
    bobusboyCost is a little high IMO, but the form factor makes it very tempting though.


    We don't know the price, they were only guessing. Let's wait and see.
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    de5_Roy , February 23, 2012 3:09 AM
    these apus rule small form factor pcs. atom's got nothing on these.
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    nebun , February 23, 2012 3:43 AM
    define casual gaming, please
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    elcentral , February 23, 2012 4:13 AM
    most phones got a hdmi and soon quad core id say go for the phone.
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    rgjhawkins , February 23, 2012 6:41 AM
    lumberjack86I would buy this before i would buy Alienwares garbage x51 PC.


    Just out of intrest, why would you say that? I'm guessing the Edge HD-3 will be around $600 and the x51 is just a little more expensive, but the x51 is MUCH more powerful. The price/performance ratio will be much better for the x51.

    Besides I'm sure they are aimed at completely different markets.

    I'm just saying ;) 
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    zander1983 , February 23, 2012 7:11 AM
    elcentralmost phones got a hdmi and soon quad core id say go for the phone.


    You smoking something? Why would you want to plug your phone in all the time to watch movies on your TV? What will the rest of your family do when you are not home...

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    razor512 , February 23, 2012 9:02 AM
    way overpriced, just get an ion based netbook for half the price and do most of the same stuff.
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    __-_-_-__ , February 23, 2012 10:11 AM
    this is a great little thing if it was like 1/3 of the price. for $550 you can get a notebook that has a screen a keyboard and much more performance and that is also portable.
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    back_by_demand , February 23, 2012 10:54 AM
    Make this a barebones kit so I can re-use my existing RAM and SSD and I may be interested, otherwise the Zotac Zbox is a more attractive option.
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    jgutz2006 , February 23, 2012 11:21 AM
    When i first saw the picture, i thought it looked like a Klipsch computer speaker (http://4x4icon.com/crossfire/rear_speakers/klipsch_qIII_01.gif) Thought it was pretty slick idea to intergrate a computer into a large speaker, giving new meaning to system speaker/sound!
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    freggo , February 23, 2012 12:07 PM
    Nice, but $550 is clearly too expensive for a device that can basically not be upgraded or expanded in the future to to the size and highly customized components.
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    TeraMedia , February 23, 2012 12:40 PM
    They should have changed the form factor and integrated Kinect and webcam right into it. Heck, add an adjustable mounting bracket that allows you to mount the thing on existing VESA holes on the back of the TV, so that it either hangs below or perches above the edge of a flatscreen. This form factor is just waiting for Junior to try it as a frisbee.
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    11796pcs , February 24, 2012 1:36 AM
    rgjhawkinsJust out of intrest, why would you say that? I'm guessing the Edge HD-3 will be around $600 and the x51 is just a little more expensive, but the x51 is MUCH more powerful. The price/performance ratio will be much better for the x51.Besides I'm sure they are aimed at completely different markets.I'm just saying

    Exactly, I don't understand why everyone feels the need to bash the X51. The X51 is built for the gamer who wants to go to LAN parties with some firepower, a small PC, and doesn't want to build his own PC. It's not marketed at people like us, so we can stop needlessly bashing it and go on our everyday lives.