Sapphire Edge HD3: AMD E-450 Mini PC

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The Sapphire Edge HD3 is compact, even by nettop standards, measuring 19.3 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm or 7.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 in (L x W x H). Horizontally, its footprint is approximately the same as a 5.25" optical drive, but substantially thinner.

A small power button/LED and hard drive activity LED are located on the top cover, flush with the rest of the surface. A small rubber compartment on side edge pulls out, revealing a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

A series of ventilation slits are provided on the shorter sides of the machine. On the left side is a screw mount for a stand to orient the system vertically.

When mounted upright, the air is drawn from the bottom and exhausted out the top, following the path of natural convection.

Rear connectors: VGA, HDMI, 2 x USB 2.0, RJ45 (gigabit ethernet), AC power, line-out, and mic.

The Edge HD3 has no visible screws on the exterior, but the internals can be accessed by carefully inserted a small flathead screwdriver under the top and bottom covers and gently prying it open around the edge. This will leave marks on the casing, so we don't advise doing so without good purpose.

Inside we found a Samsung 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive and a single SO-DIMM slot populated by a 4GB DDR3-1333 module. Cooling is provided by a small heatsink with a single copper heatpipe and a small blower fan.

A 65W AC brick exceeds need as AMD's integrated APUs are fairly efficient.

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