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Sapphire Edge VS8 review

In the world of mini PCs the Edge VS8 is a little ripper

Those crazy fools over at Sapphire have abandoned Intel and gone down the darkened alley that leads to AMD, but it’s turned out to be a wise decision – for a micro PC this is quite the gaming powerhouse.

It’s all thanks to AMD’s A8 accelerated processing unit combined with dedicated HD7600G graphics. While you won’t get Alienware X51-levels of performance here, you will be able to play the latest titles at decent frame rates if you drop the detail levels – and it’ll still look better than on Xbox 360 or PS3.

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Sapphire Edge VS8 review

The VS8 is supplied without an operating system, so you’ll have to get your own and bung it on a USB stick. It’s good if you like Linux or want to dabble with the SteamOS Beta (this would make a great client for Steam In-Home Streaming, reviewed here), but if you want to have a complete trove of games to play locally you’ll have to shell out an extra £80 to get Windows 8.

We rather like its angular looks and matt finish, even if it does look like something a Terminator would carry his sandwiches around in. Getting decent gaming performance from such a tiny package makes us very, very happy. In fact, take the excellent price into consideration and this becomes just about the best mini PC you can currently buy.

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Sapphire Edge VS8 tech specs

Operating System – not supplied

CPU – AMD APU A8 1.6GHz Quad Core

GPU – AMD Radeon HD7600HG


Storage – 500GB HDD

Optical drive – none

Connectivity – Mini displayport, HDMI, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0 (x4), USB 3.0 (x2), optical, SD card

Dimensions – 198 x 32 x 183mm

Weight – 660g

Stuff Says…

Score: 5/5

Power: 4/5

Design: 5/5

Connectivity: 4/5

Quietness: 4/5

A little PC that punches well above its size and price

Good Stuff

Compact and can stand up or lie down

Lots of power for the size and price

Bad Stuff

Doesn’t have an operating system pre-installed

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