Acer unwraps AMD-based mini-PC

Who says you have to stick an Intel processor in every low-cost, small-form-factor PC? Acer has strayed from the beaten path by introducing the Aspire X1200, a $449.99 system that includes an AMD processor and fairly potent integrated graphics.

Inside its tiny 10.6" x 4" x 14.4" (26.9 x 10.2 x 36.6 cm) enclosure, the Aspire X1200 packs a 2.5GHz, 45W Athlon X2 4850e processor, an Nvidia GeForce 8200 chipset, 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 320GB Serial ATA hard drive, a DVD burner, and a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium x64. Like the GeForce 8300 we reviewed, the GeForce 8200 chipset has DirectX 10-class 3D graphics and high-definition video decoding features. Coupled with an HDMI video output, the 8200 should make the Aspire X1200 a nice complement to a home theater setup.

Acer is announcing two other variants of the Aspire X1200, as well. A slightly pricier $459.99 flavor includes a 2.6GHz Athlon X2 5000+ processor, while a $699.99 model coming out on July 13 will come with a 500GB hard drive and a 22" wide-screen LCD. All three systems have PCI Express x16 slots, should users prefer to slip in discrete graphics cards for proper gaming.

Acer's press release doesn't come with any photos, but the guys at Gizmodo have nabbed shots of the system's front and back.

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