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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    • burntham77
    • 8 years ago

    Swap out the HD with a 1TB drive and this could be a solid HTPC?

      • trek205
      • 8 years ago

      its too darn slow for some HTPC tasks

        • tay
        • 8 years ago

        Curious, what tasks are off the table?

        I just built myself a similar E-350 based HTPC from newegg. So far only used Hulu on it and some youtube. Wondering what I can and can’t do since I haven’t set up streaming yet.

        FYI, I got a similar E-350 foxconn from newegg for 175. Add in 4 GB ram, and an old 64 GB SSD and it is really quite good.

        I added a USB bluetooth adapter so I can use the Apple keyboard and touchpad with Windows7.
        Like it so far though I haven’t used it much.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          idk. my 350 rig does everything. 1080p no problem. blu-ray decode works too. unless he’s powering a 4k tv, imma guess he’s never used brazos. it’s a htpc monster.

            • dpaus
            • 8 years ago

            Yeah, kinda makes me wonder whay there aren’t more consumer-oriented, plug-n-play ‘HTPC appliances’ on the market (i.e., built-in blu-ray drive, tuner, etc)

            • insulin_junkie72
            • 8 years ago

            On the consumer-oriented end of the scale, existing familiar consumer electronics devices (TVs, Blu-ray players, plus cheap media players) have absorbed a lot of the basic HTPC functions and continue to evolve.

            No tuner for recording, but your average consumer is likely just to use the cable/sat DVR for that, or streaming.

            While they can’t do everything a HTPC can, they can do enough that there’s probably not enough left (of what was probably a fairly small market to to begin with) for many companies to really jump in.

            • demani
            • 8 years ago

            What about Netflix streaming in HD? Mine couldn’t do it- kept getting out of sync, video stutter, etc.

            • trek205
            • 8 years ago

            no I actually owned an E-350 pc and it was a joke. it can not even handle netflix worth a crap.

            • Sargent Duck
            • 8 years ago

            Same here. I use my 350 as my main desktop and it’s been plenty fast enough to handle everything. I haven’t used Netflex, but it’s been perfectly fine streaming HD hockey games.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          I guess if you are trying to future proof for 4k or encode x264 on the fly, it could be a problem, but who does that?

          • demani
          • 8 years ago

          Silverlight in HD (i.e. Netflix streaming in HD) I think isn’t going to work (its not good on the 350, and I think its more clock speed than anything).

            • xeridea
            • 8 years ago

            This is a Silverlight issue in that it doesn’t support hardware acceleration. The E350/450 are perfectly fine playing 1080p with acceleration.

    • odizzido
    • 8 years ago

    I was going to say that is one small PC, perfect for bringing around…but then I thought that you would also need to bring a keyboard and mouse. I guess you could get one of those rollup keyboards and a mouse but it’s getting to the “might as well get a netbook for less” point then.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      SSH into it from your phone.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      [url<]http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Enhanced-Multimedia-Keyboard-57Y6678/dp/B005L2NTTQ[/url<] This will do the trick for you.

    • Hattig
    • 8 years ago

    It’s a nice enough nettop, and far better than the existing Atom solution, but the price is not the cheapest when you can get E-450 based netbooks for around the same price (I paid £269 inc. 20% VAT for a HP dm1 last week and that included Windows). Knock $100 off and it’s a winner.

      • Ryhadar
      • 8 years ago

      My guess is they fit in spaces even a 11.6″ netbook can’t go (though I’m having trouble coming up with a scenario myself). Also, I bet they have a wider selection of BIOS options than whitebox manufacturers.

      I’m with you though. If I wanted a small PC like this I’d buy the dm1 and hook it up to a desktop monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

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