Sapphire Introduces World’s Smallest PC, Powered by NVIDIA ION

February 15, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of technology – home cinema 3D is becoming affordable, there are 3D games on the PC, glasses-free 3D portable game systems, graphics cards that wirelessly transmit their data to screens a hundred feet away, and any number of other innovations either in the pipeline or heading to market this year. Furthermore, advanced manufacturing techniques have reduced the size of components, decreasing their power requirements and thermal output, whilst simultaneously improving their performance.

Entering this future-tech fray, renowned hardware manufacturer Sapphire has today released the world’s smallest personal computer. Measuring just 19.3cm by 14.8cm, by 2.2cm, the Edge-HD Mini PC is a fully formed computer featuring a 1.66GHz Intel Atom D510 CPU, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, wireless n-spec LAN, Gigabit wired LAN, four USB 2 ports, and a NVIDIA ION 2 512MB GPU outputting at 1920x1080 via HDMI. Combined, these components and their diminutive enclosure weigh little over a pound, significantly less than a single GeForce GTX 580 graphics card!

Requiring just 22 watts of power under load, less than some laptops, the Edge-HD is a green, environmentally-pleasing choice for web browsing and casual gaming, and costs just $250. Corroborating this assessment is a 9/10 review from Hardware Heaven, who conclude their analysis by calling the Edge-HD, “a very good ATOM/ION system with an exceptionally compact case and ultra-low noise operation - ideal for general desktop or productivity use and enjoying HD media.”