Sapphire Unveils AMD E450-Powered Edge-HD3 Mini PC

Brad Chacos

Not too long ago, Sapphire rolled out the diminutive Edge-HD Mini PC, which was hailed as the teeny-tiniest PC in all the land. (The company also oddly claimed the PC's "less than half a liter in volume!" You know, in case you wanted to fill it with Kool-Aid or something.) Despite its small size, the Atom-based Edge-HD packed a decent punch and racked up a lot of fans. Now, Sapphire's pulled the curtain off the Mini PC's follow-up. The aptly named Edge-HD3 ditches Intel for a 1.6GHz AMD E450 APU that gives the PC a performance boost over its predecessors.

The other major components received a boost, too; while the Atom-powered original includes just 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD, the Edge-HD3 packs 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD into the same small frame. There's an HDMI port onboard for 1920x1080 output and even better yet, you'll find both an HDMI and an HDMI-DVI converter cable in the box. The one thing missing: a baked-in operating system.

So yeah, it'll handle Microsoft Office, but Sapphire also says the setup "takes most mainstream games in its stride" and claims that "even the more hardcore LAN party visitors will find the easily portable EDGE-HD3 a useful weapon in their armoury." To that end the PC sports 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port and built in Wi-Fi. And despite the claims, we'd casually suggest that hardcore LAN party visitors steer away from playing BF3 on the thing.

No word yet on pricing or availability, but there's a full list of Edge-HD3 specs up on the Sapphire website .

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