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Sapphire Edge Mini PC Review


Closer Look:

The Sapphire Edge has a user-accessible AMI BIOS. Being a pre-built, pre-tested and non-expandable PC, the BIOS doesn’t have many advanced options.

Main: Under the Main tab you’ll find BIOS Info, Memory Size and System Time & Date settings.
















Advanced: Under the Advanced tab there a few submenus. First is CPU configuration; this menu is less configuration and more specs and status. Next is SATA configuration; here you alternate between SATA controller modes and select the primary hard drive. Next under USB Configuration you’ll only find the controller Enable and Disable. Next under Hardware Health Configuration you check the CPU temperature, fan speed, adjust the fan control settings and monitor the system voltages. Lastly, under the Advanced tab is the Onboard Device Settings: here you can Enable/Disable the onboard audio, LAN and LAN boot ROM.




Power Settings: Here you’ll find ACPI configuration where you can change the suspend mode, and the APM configuration where you can control the Power-on settings.



Security: Here you can change the Supervisor password and User password to the core system.


Boot: Most users will probably only use this tab, and that would be to get their Operating System installed. The first sub-menu is Boot Settings Configuration where you can Enable/Disable Quick Boot, Quiet Boot, Bootup Num-Lock, Keyboard Error Display, and Hit “DEL” display. Next is your basic Boot Device Priority. And lastly is your hard drive selection.



You’ll notice that there are unfortunately no overclocking options. This probably due to the fact that there is not adequate cooling for overclocking in addition to the fact that the computer was designed to run a low-power, low-heat HTPC environment that overclocking would not be conducive to.

  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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