Feb 17 2012

News - Sapphire Announces Brazos-Powered HD3 Nettop

Sapphire HD3

Sapphire has announced their newest nettop, the HD3. The Sapphire HD3 is powered by AMD's E-450 APU and Radeon HD 6320 graphics. This marks the HD3 as the first Sapphire HD nettop not based on the Intel Atom platform. The HD3 also ditches the optical drive, helping to make the unit small even by nettop standards. Sapphire does not target the HTPC market with the HD nettops, so there are no special niceties such as IR sensors or bundled remote control, but with its small footprint, HDMI output, and reasonably capable Brazos heart, the HD3 would probably make a fine extender-style HTPC or dedicated streamer. Sapphire usually sells the HD nettops in both a Windows version and a FreeDOS version for those interested in an alternative OS.

The HD3 is powered by AMD’s E-450 APU with HD 6320 graphics. It packs up to 4GB of RAM and up to 500GB of storage, which is plenty in the nettop world. In terms of features, the HD3 is second to none. Like most AMD nettops, it comes with a couple of USB 3.0 ports, along with HDMI and the usual array of VGA, LAN, USB 2.0 connectors.


Feb 17 2012

News - ASRock CoreHT Server Edition Reviewed

ASRock CoreHT Server Edition

ASRock's CoreHT line of small form factor PCs are specifically targeted at the HTPC market, and ASRock has generally done a good job of delivering the goods. Our friends at Anandtech took the CoreHT 252B for a spin several months ago and were generally pleased with what they saw, but were disappointed with the hard drive performance and capacity. ASRock has since updated the CoreHT line with the CoreHT Server Edition. Despite the name, this little unit is every bit an HTPC. Anandtech has tested this new version of the CoreHT to see if it improves on the CoreHT 252B.

It’s very similar to the CoreHT we reviewed before, even sharing nearly the same specs. The one major difference: there’s two 500GB HDDs in the place of one, configured in RAID 0. Other than that, there’s the same mobile Sandy Bridge internals, headlined by the HM67 chipset and Core i5-2410M processor.


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