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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    • willyolio
    • 11 years ago

    wow. i was planning on building my own PC with almost those exact specs. i’d rather have a 780G chipset, but the 8200’s not bad. and this prebuilt ends up much cheaper. yay.

    • flip-mode
    • 11 years ago

    OK, after looking around, I take it back, this is a pretty killer deal. For the same money at Dell you get 1/4 the ram, a slower CPU, 1/3 the hard drive, total shat graphics. Win goes to Acer.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 11 years ago

    I really, really like the look of it. I’m a fan of polished black and I can see that looking nice in any entertainment center. 4GB of RAM and Home Premium are both excellent choices for the price. I’m kind of surprised they went with a Geforce chipset instead of AMD’s own though.

    • ChrisDTC
    • 11 years ago

    My sister is starting college in the fall, and I have been running through builds on Newegg for a while, and generally $400 was about what it would cost for her rig. For only $50 more and to have a manufacturer warranty that will mean I dont get woke up when something goes wrong makes it a great deal.

    Paired with a $170 19″ LCD and she’ll be good to go.

      • Kurotetsu
      • 11 years ago

      Hey, she’s your sister, don’t be cheap! Buy her a $1,000+ 30-inch at least. 😉

      • just brew it!
      • 11 years ago

      What makes you think she won’t still call you when it breaks?

        • ChrisDTC
        • 11 years ago

        Well, she will, but at least she wont have to ship it to me to figure out what went wrong with it

    • Hattig
    • 11 years ago

    For that price, it’s a great deal. The 4850e isn’t a bad chip at all – it’s got to beat my old non-Phenom 4800+ X2 which is plenty fast enough. The integrated graphics might not play Crysis but they’re a bazillion times better than whatever crap Intel shovels onto the market. eSATA as well.

    Not the prettiest machine of course, and quite large as well (compared to a Mac Mini anyway), and the port layout on both sides of the machine is tatty. HDMI is nice, but does it come with a HDMI -> DVI adaptor/cable?

    64-bit as well, out of the box. Should make an excellent media computer, or spare room computer.

    • swaaye
    • 11 years ago

    Errrr… nm

      • 5150
      • 11 years ago

      Pbbbbbbb….. mt

    • flip-mode
    • 11 years ago

    I’m not overly impressed. It is decent but not “wow”. Just a little smaller than a Dell Optiplex SFF. Nice hard drive size and memory allotment, nice to see x64 OS. Graphics are underwhelming – I’d have liked to see a GF8400 or HD2400 low profile card.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      At least it looks better than an Optiplex.

        • flip-mode
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah? I’ve always liked the looks of the Optiplex SFF. I don’t like gloss finishes on cases at all, for sure.

    • Taddeusz
    • 11 years ago

    Not that a modem probably adds that much to the overall cost of the system, but why bother? If someone really needs a modem it’s not that difficult to add one. Basically a USB click away from installing a modem.

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      It costs far less to integrate the modem than to add it later, and there’s no point limiting your market in advance. First, end-user customers for low-cost systems are not necessarily on the broadband wagon or willing to open their system.

      Second, if it has a modem, it is also that much more available for use in kiosk, point-of-sale, and industrial control system applications where the modem is either a required primary, or a failsafe secondary, communcation method.

    • maroon1
    • 11 years ago

    It seems that AMD are trying to fool people by their low TDP rating

    Intel Core 2 E8xxx has 65W TDP but it consume 50% of its TDP at full load

    Please check this
    §[<http://xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/intel-wolfdale_11.html#sect0<]§ TDP doesn't mean anything. Most of the Intel processors consume much less power than their rated TDP

      • flip-mode
      • 11 years ago

      Fairly inconclusive since it shows an X2-6000 – the second most power consuming Athlon X2.

      The 4850e is on a newer process, has less cache, runs at a lower clock speed and lower voltages. It’s a pretty safe bet that it’s power consumption is also under it’s own TDP of 45w.

      When processor consumes 45w or less and the company says it consumes 45w or less I don’t see how that is, in any way, “trying to fool people”.

        • d2brothe
        • 11 years ago

        Agreed, its fairly well known in tech circles that AMD and Intel measure TDP differently, but it still fits the definition…imediately under and half are still less than ….

      • grantmeaname
      • 11 years ago

      “TDP, as defined by AMD, is measured at the maximum current the CPU can draw, at the default voltage, under the worst-case temperature conditions. *[

    • 5150
    • 11 years ago

    Acer proves they’re still the best bang for the buck in most regards, especially customer service.

    • d2brothe
    • 11 years ago

    That seems like a fair bit of hardware for the price.

      • wingless
      • 11 years ago

      +1!! Those are amazing specs for the price. I guess AMD is looked upon as the “cheap” option nowadays.

        • srg86
        • 11 years ago

        It does seem that way, back to the K6-2 days.

      • pedro
      • 11 years ago

      This looks very good indeed.

      And 4 GB of RAM. I’m still working out how to use 512 MB (which is using linux which is what I’d whack on this baby the minute I got it.)

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