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Sapphire EDGE HD3 Mini PC Review

The Edge HD3 is designed as a minimal cost, low power device for use as a media center or ‘general’ workhorse in an office or home environment. We will see how the system slots in against a variety of mobile systems, including the Zotac Zbox Nano AD10, which featured the AMD Zacate E350 APU.

Comparison Systems (for specific synthetic test compares):
Intel Core i5 2500k desktop processor.
Intel Core i3 2105 desktop processor.
AMD A8-3870K.

Additional compares with mobile Intel processors:
AlienWare M18X (featuring Core i7 2960XM Extreme Edition).
MSI GT780DXR (feature Core i7 2630QM).
Dell XPS 14z (featuring Core i7 2640M processor).
MSI CX640 (featuring Core i5 2410M).
Dell laptop (featuring Atom D525 processor).
Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 (featuring AMD Zacate E350 APU)

PCMark 7
Cinebench 11.5 64 bit
FRAPS Professional
Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra 11
Cyberlink MediaEspresso
HQV Benchmark V2

Resident Evil 5
Left4Dead 2

Technical Monitoring and Test Equipment:
Asus BluRay Drive
Lacie 730 Monitor (Image Quality testing)
Thermal Diodes
Raytek Laser Temp Gun 3i LSRC/MT4 Mini Temp
Extech digital sound level meter & SkyTronic DSL 2 Digital Sound Level Meter
Calibrated Power Meter
Nikon D3X with R1C1 Kit (4 flashes), Nikon 24-70MM lens.

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  • Raymond E

    Its a lovely looking little computer, the price is competitive, but I dont think id be happy with a 5,400 rpm 2.5 inch drive, they are painful. my Lenovo laptop had one and I had to replace it as it was slowing everything down.

  • Brian Reese

    I dont think the hard drive is that important, but I suppose it would depend on what you are using it for. I still have the first edge and I use it in a bedroom hooked into a television. with a remote controller. It has been flawless now for a long time. I might get this as an upgrade. I do think they should sell one with a 128GB SSD at extra cost, a lot of people would jump on it.

  • Josh

    when is this released, cant find it anywhere.

  • Samuel Df

    wow this is some piece of kit. two USB 3 ports as well, very nice.

    the power drain alone is really worth it. I bought a power meter recently to measure my systems and my media pc takes around 200 watts !

  • Brooke

    Shame they dont bundle one with an OS preinstalled, for a little extra. A lot of people aren’t comfortable with setting up a system and t hen the drivers etc.

  • Jeff Raymond

    Ideal for a living room. my wife doesnt like a huge pc in the corner. and i have to deal with whinging regularly from her. I could hide this behind the tv.

    Only problem is, if she saw the credit card bill she would bitch too, so I cant win either way.

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  • SL

    It’s worth mentioning that free software exists out there to run this device as a dedicated HD media centre PC that avoids having to purchase a copy of windows. The free software “XMBC” can be easily installed from a USB drive and has a great interface for browsing and playing your media. It’s compatible with the Media Player remote controls out there and there are also apps to remote control it via your tablet PC.