VIA's Artigo A1250 Touted as World's Smallest Quad-Core x86 System
VIA's diminutive Artigo A1250 holds the distinction as a frontrunner for being the world's smallest x68 quad core rig, and looking at its 17.7cm x 12.5cm x 3.0cm dimensions, that statement does hold some merit. The Artigo A1250 is based on a miniscule EPIA-P910 pico-ITX board, and is armed with a VIA QuadCore E-Series processor clocked at 1.0GHz, can handle up to 8GB of DDR3 1333 RAM, has room for one 2.5″ SATA HDD or Flash SSD for storage, along with VIA's own VX11H media system processor with DirectX11 support. With input/output options of HDMI, VGA, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GigaLAN, Audio-in/out/mic-in, the device is capable enough to take on a myriad of computing operations - be it for watching movies at home (thanks to its native 3D and HD video support of up to 1080p), performing tasks in an office setup, surveillance, medical and healthcare applications, and many others. At an average rating of 32W TDP, it's also an energy-efficient device. The Artigo A1250's pricing has not yet been announced, although it's possible it could be a bit more expensive than its predecessor, given its more powerful CPU.