Today we are looking at the latest Edge VS8 Mini PC from Sapphire, the follow up to the Edge HD3 which we reviewed earlier this year. The new Edge VS8 is based around an AMD Quad Core A8 1.6ghz APU with onboard HD7600G graphics. Our review sample ships with a large 500GB hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 memory. Is this an ideal solution to as a diminutive ‘general use’ PC when paired up with a High Definition Television set?
When I reviewed the Edge HD3 in February I was pleasantly surprised with the usefulness of the DVD sized system, even though the AMD E450 APU was a little underpowered.
The new Edge VS8 features AMD’s latest A8 4555M APU, a more powerful design with enhanced graphics capabilities. The HD7600G graphics core is actually a slightly down clocked version of the GPU in the more expensive AMD A10 series.
Sapphire will be offering a ‘bare bones’ unit which means you can add a Solid State Drive, with support for memory configurations up to 16GB.
The only thing you need to watch out for, is that Sapphire don’t ship the Edge VS Mini with any operating system installed – so you need to budget that into the overall cost.