Sapphire's Edge HD³ nettop has AMD inside

Last June, Sapphire showed us the Edge, a slim little nettop powered by Intel's Atom D510 processor and Nvidia's Ion discrete GPU. The firm told us it had a Brazos model on the way, too. Fast forward six months, and we finally have the skinny on the Brazos-powered Edge HD³.

The machine was playing back HD video in Sapphire's CES suite last week. It seems to have pretty much the same chassis as its Intel cousin, but the AMD box packs a more powerful E-450 APU with Radeon HD 6320 graphics. Other key specs include 4GB of RAM, 320GB of mechanical storage, and built-in Wi-Fi. Around the back are USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA display outputs, an Ethernet jack, and a pair of 3.5-mm audio jacks. Sapphire says the Edge HD³ is a "30W device;" there's actually a fan inside, but it sounded rather quiet to us.

Look for this slender system in stores on February 1 with a $300 price tag. That doesn't get you an operating system, by the way—you'll have to supply your own version of Windows or Linux.

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