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Seven Small (But Powerful) Mini-PCs, Reviewed
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All of these mini-PCs are equipped with dual-core Hyper-Threaded CPUs, so they should fall into the same league when it comes to application performance. Most of the differences will probably involve the different graphics engines being utilized.

Test System Settings
ProcessorAcer Revo RL80: Intel Core i3-3227U
Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded, 1.9 GHz, 3 MB Shared L3 Cache

ASRock VisionX 420D: Intel Core i5-4200M
Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded, 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz Peak Turbo Boost), 3 MB Shared L3 Cache

Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4500:
Intel Core i7-4500U
Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded, 1.8 GHz (3.0 GHz Peak Turbo Boost), 4 MB Shared L3 Cache

Intel NUC DC3217IYE (Ivy Bridge):
Intel Core i3-3217U
Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded, 1.8 GHz, 3 MB Shared L3 Cache

Intel NUC D54250WYK (Haswell):
Intel Core i5-4250U
Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded, 1.3 GHz (2.6 GHz Peak Turbo Boost), 3 MB Shared L3 Cache

LGX ML300:
Intel Core i5-3427U
Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded, 1.8 GHz (2.8 GHz Peak Turbo Boost), 3 MB Shared L3 Cache

Zotac Zbox Nano ID65 Plus:
Intel Core i7-3537U
Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded, 2 GHz (3.1 GHz Peak Turbo Boost), 4 MB Shared L3 Cache
MemoryAcer Revo RL80: 1 x 4 GB Hyundai DDR3-1600, 11-11-11-28-1T

ASRock VisionX 420D:
2 x 4 GB Asint DDR3-1600, 11-11-11-28-1T

Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4500 and
Intel NUC D54250WYK (Haswell): Not Included
(Tested with 2 x 4 GB Crucial DDR3-1333, 9-9-9-28-1T)

Intel NUC DC3217IYE (Ivy Bridge):
Not Included
(Tested with 2 x 4 GB Adata DDR3-1600, 11-11-28-1T)

LGX ML300:
2 x 8 GB Transcend DDR3-1600, 11-11-11-28-1T

Zotac Zbox Nano ID65 Plus:
1 x 4 GB Samsung DDR3-1600, 11-11-11-28-1T
GraphicsAcer Revo RL80, Intel NUC DC3217IYE (Ivy Bridge), LGX ML300, and Zotac Zbox Nano ID65 Plus: Intel HD Graphics 4000

ASRock VisionX 420D: Radeon HD 8850M, 775 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 1125 MHz

Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4500:
Intel HD Graphics 4400

Intel NUC D54250WYK (Haswell):
Intel HD Graphics 5000
System Drive
Acer Revo RL80: Seagate Momentus Thin 500 GB, 16 MB Cache, 5400 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s

ASRock VisionX 420D:
Western Digital Blue 1 TB, 8 MB Cache, 5400 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s

Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4500, Intel NUC DC3217IYE (Ivy Bridge), Intel NUC D54250WYK (Haswell): Not Included
(Tested with Intel SSD 525 180 GB mSATA SSD)

LGX ML300:
Emphase Enterprise mSATA 128 GB SSD

Zotac Zbox Nano ID65 Plus: Samsung Spinpoint M8 500 GB, 8 MB Cache, 5400 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s
(includes adapter for 2 x mSATA SSD drives, optional RAID)
OpticalASRock Vision 420D: Lite-On DL8A4SH
Slim DVD-RW (Blu-ray optional)

And here are the benchmark details:

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
The Elder Scrolls V:
Skyrim
25-Sec. Fraps
Test Set 1: Medium Preset, No AA, No AF, FXAA Enabled, 1280 x 720
Test Set 2: High Detail Preset, No MSAA, 8X AF, FXAA Enabled, 1920 x 1080
Grid 2
Built-in Benchmark
Test Set 1: Low Quality Preset, 1280 x 720
Test Set 2: Medium Quality Preset, 1920 x 1080
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 2013Version: 1.0.1, Cloud Gate Benchmark
PCMark 8
Version: 1.0.4, Home, Creative, Work, and Storage benchmarks
SiSoftware
Sandra 2013
Version: 2013 SP5c-1872, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Cryptography, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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