Giada A51 Mini PC

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Giada A51 Mini PC

November 5, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Product Giada A51
Mini PC
Manufacturer Giada
Street Price US$320

Giada is a relatively unknown manufacturer specializing in nettop hardware, complete/barebones systems and mini/nano-ITX motherboards. As you can probably guess, they focus primarily on low power, energy efficient gear, a necessity for working with the thermal limitations of such small sizes. Our first experience with Giada was the Viako Mini Letter ML-45 which featured one of their motherboards. The ML-45 was outfitted with the E-350, one of AMD's first Fusion APUs, while the system we're looking at today uses a slightly ramped up version of the same chip.

Giada A51: Specifications
(from the product web page)
CPU
AMD® T56N
Chipset
AMD® A50M FCH
GPU
CPU embedded graphics
System Memory
2G DDR3-800/1066 (1 x SO-DIMM slot, Max. 4G)
Storage
320G 2.5" HDD
I/O
1 x USB3.0, 4 x USB2.0, 1 x Card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x S/PDIF-out
LAN
Gigabit LAN + Wi-Fi 802.11n + Bluetooth
Audio
AUDIO-out/MIC-in
Power Consumption
30W
Size
192 x 155 x 26 mm
Color
Black & White
OS
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (Optional)

The Giada A51 is powered by an AMD G-T56N, a dual core APU from the same generation of Fusion processors, aka Brazos, which was effectively AMD's answer to Intel's Atom processors. The specifications list a single SO-DIMM slot with 2GB of DDR3-800/1066 RAM though our sample had a 4GB stick running at DDR3-1333 speed inside. The A51 also has a notebook hard drive with 320GB of storage, a memory card reader, 802.11n, Bluetooth, gigabit ethernet, and USB 3.0 port, making it altogether a fairly well-rounded package. Our machine came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 which is also extra.


CPU-Z screenshot.

The G-T56N is an embedded version of the dual core E-450 (which is classified as a mobile APU) though we're not aware what the difference is precisely as they share the same socket and specifications; perhaps the E-450 isn't necessarily soldered to the socket. The G-T56N/E-450 has a TDP of 18W, runs at 1.65 GHz, and sports a Radeon HD 6320 graphics chip with 80 stream processors and a clock speed of 508 MHz.


The box.


Package contents.

The contents are split into two boxes, one with padded with styrofoam to protect the machine itself, the other packed with accessories. Our sample shipped with a power adapter, stand, wireless remote, and HDMI cable.


The Giada A51 and included accessories.

The A51 measures 19.2 x 15.5 x 2.6 cm which for reference, is a little bit longer and wider (but obviously not as thick) as a full-sized 5.25 inch optical drive. Most users will prefer to mount it on the plastic stand which orients the box vertically. A VESA mount to hide the system behind a monitor would have been nice; if desired, Giada offers a separate adapter.



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