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Sapphire Edge Mini PC Review

Indybird    -   February 14, 2011
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Testing:

To start the testing we are running some system-specific benchmarks that represent the typical usage of this PC.

First up is iTunes. The measurement used is time (in seconds) to convert a 564MB uncompressed .wav file to a 160kbps MP3.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower is Better

 

Winzip:

 

VideoLAN VLC:VLC is an open-source media player designed to play most media files "out of the box". A recent addition to VLC is GPU acceleration of video playback.

Measurements are percent of CPU usage during video playback.

 

 

The Sapphire Edge performed fairly well in iTunes and Winzip.  It's obviously not going  to be setting any records here but these tests show that it is more than capable of the tasks it was designed for.

VLC on the other hand shows the advantage of having a powerful GPU in addition to the processor.  With GPU acceleration off, the video would lag at intervals during playback. Turning GPU acceleration on not only produced smooth framerates throughout, but it cut the CPU usage in half. 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Closer Look (BIOS)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup
  6. Testing: iTunes, Winzip, VLC
  7. Testing: Apophysis, Geekbench, Bibble 5, PCMark Vantage
  8. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  9. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  10. Extras: Power Consumption & Temperatures
  11. Conclusion
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