Graphics Card: Sapphire 100357LP Radeon HD 7750 1 GB GDDR5
Our build involves very specific needs in terms of performance, dimensions, and efficiency. Sapphire delivers beautifully by packing a full-fledged reference-clocked Radeon HD 7750, requiring no auxiliary power, into a low-profile PCB. We're counting on this card to match the stock performance of other 7750s we’ve tested. What remains to be seen is if it overclocks, given the tiny cooler and our low-volume enclosure.
Connectivity includes Dual-Link DVI, mini-DisplayPort, and micro-HDMI, going so far as to support three-display output from a low-profile bracket. Sapphire bundles adapters for standard DisplayPort, HDMI, and analog VGA.
More information on the efficient 28 nm Cape Verde layout is found in AMD Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 Review: Familiar Speed, Less Power.
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST320LM001 320 GB
The enclosure we picked lacks a 3.5" hard drive bay and we simply couldn't afford an SSD or faster 7200 RPM disk. So, Samsung's 320 GB SATA 3Gb/s-capable notebook drive gives us an 8 MB cache, a 5400 RPM spindle, and enough capacity to hold the stuff you'd want to put on a diminutive PC. It's even protected by a two-year warranty.
- An Inexpensive Console-Sized Gaming PC
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Little Budget Box
- How Small Is It, Really?
- Limited Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary
- Can Less Equal More?