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CES 2013 PureOC Coverage

Posted January 22, 2013 by Kenny in Cases & PSU

Sapphire Continued:

However, while Sapphire’s motherboards and graphics cards were great to see, the main show taker for Sapphire is the new Edge VS series mini PC that was on display. Here you have a chance to take a first glimpse at the unit’s prototype. While this isn’t the final production model, we got to take a good look at one of the first models of its design. The new Edge mini PC will come in both complete build models and also barebone models.

This outer shell is made of a matte black finish that feels like the soft rubber coating on its housing.

We also got the chance to take a look at its internals here. The unit you are looking at is one of the barebone models that will be available. You will have the option of the VS4 and VS8 versions which will have a soldered onboard AMD APU system. More specifically, Sapphire gave us a profile sheet that shows it will have the AMD A4-4355 which is a 1.9ghz Dual Core, or a AMD A8-4555m which is a 1.6ghz quad core system. The A4 will host an AMD 7400G discrete graphics card and the A8 will have a 7600g graphics cards. These look to be great little machines.

While these are not made to replace the high end gaming PC, this is great for those looking into a small form factor HTPC or even an internet and email browser desktop PC.

Taking a look at the internals here, since the CPU will be soldered onto its mainboard, selecting your own CPU will not be available. However the barebone system will allow you to select your own hard drive and RAM. As a matter of fact thats all you really need to get this Mini PC up and running. This will use a standard 2.5″ HD along with DDR3 Laptop Ram.

Here is a close look at the rear of the mini PC. As you can see, there is support for Mini-display port, HDMI, 4x USB, Ethernet port, & power, along with audio outputs in 3.5mm sockets and optical.

These are some of the final specs we found for the VS8 mini PC.

CPU AMD APU A8 1.6GHz Quad Core
Memory 2 x 2GB DDR3 So-DIMM
Storage 500 GB SATA 2.5” Hard Driver
Graphics AMD RadeonTM HD7600G
LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps Built-in Ethernet
Wireless 802.11b/g/n Built-in Wireless Network
Built-in Bluetooth 3.0
I/O 1 x Mini Display Port
1 x HDMI Port
1 x RJ-45 Gigabit Lan
4 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x Audio-in
1 x Line-out
2 x USB 3.0 Port
1 x Optical SPDIF
1 x SD Card Reader
Power 65 W AC 100~240V 50/60Hz, DC 19V~3.42A
Dimensions 19.75*18.25*3.16 cm (L / W / H)
Weight 660 g net weight
Operating System Pre-installed Free DOS
Support Windows® 8 / 7 / Vista
Accessory 1 x HDMI cable
1 x HDMI to DVI adapter
1 x Quick Installation Guide (QIG)
1 x Chassis Stand
1 x Power cord
1 x Power Adapter
1 x Driver CD
1 x Optical SPDIF cable
1 x VESA Mount

We are excited to see how this mini PC will stack up to other competitors out there. From the looks of the build quality and specs, it looks to be a decent avg desktop replacement or HTPC Media platform.

Again, we would like to thank Sapphire for taking the time to meet with us.

Next, we took some time to wander the Las Vegas Convention Center Halls for a bit and meet with Zalman for a quick review of what we should expect.

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