|CPU||Intel Core i5-2520M (Sandy Bridge), Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded 2.5 GHz (3.1 Turbo), 3 MB L3 Cache||Intel Core i3-430UM (Arrandale), Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded 1.2 GHz (1.73 Turbo), 3 MB L3 Cache||Intel Atom D525(Pineview-D) Dual-Core, Hyper-Threaded 1.8 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache||AMD E-350(Zacate) Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache|
|Networking||Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)Atheros AR9287 2T2R wireless card (Wi-Fi)||Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)Azurewave AW-NB037H(Wi-Fi, Bluetooth)||Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)Ralink RT3070L 802.11 b/g/n PCIe card (Wi-Fi)||Realtek RTL8111DL Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)Atheros AR9287 2T2R wireless card (Wi-Fi)|
|Memory||Asint PC3-10700, 2 x 2 GB, 665 MHz, CL 9-9-9-24-1T(dual-channel)||Kingston PC3-107001 x 4 GB, 400 MHz, CL 6-6-6-15-1T(single-channel)||Nanya PC3-10700, 2 x 2 GB, 399 MHz, CL 6-6-6-15-2T(single-channel)||Samsung PC3-107001 x 2 GB, 533 MHz, CL 9-9-9-24-1T (single-channel)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 3000 (Integrated, shared RAM)||Intel HD Graphics (Integrated, shared RAM)||Mobility Radeon HD 5430 (512 MB dedicated RAM)||Radeon HD 6310 (Integrated, shared RAM)|
|Sound||Analog & Optical:Realtek ALC892HDMI:Intel Display Audio||Analog & Optical:Realtek ALC662 HDMI:Intel Display Audio||Analog & Optical:Realtek ALC892 HDMI:AMD HD Audio||Analog & Optical:Realtek ALC888 HDMI:AMD HD Audio|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Scorpio Black500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s||Seagate Momentus 7200.4500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s||Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s||Samsung Spinpoint 250 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s|
|Software and Drivers|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit|
|DirectX version||DirectX 11|
|Graphics Drivers||Intel HD Graphics 15221, AMD Catalyst Control Center 11.7|
They are small form factor PCs or home theatre PCs, but they are not nettops.
btw: Mac mini should be in this lineup.
Mac Mini should be in this lineup? Actually, a good idea. I'd love to see how it compares to similar Wintel boxes.
I'm through with these small boxes because they're a pain in the a$$ to service and the hardware isn't good for the price ($800?! gimme a break!), but I see value in them for people who are ready to pay more for the small size.
If I would build a small form-factor box myself, I'd use something like this new Lian Li case which was in Tom's news recently - it can fit proper PCI/PCI-E cards.
Again, lovely article. Keep it up.
P.S. The ASRock box is great.