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Sapphire Edge VS8 Mini-PC review

Sapphire Edge VS8 - A Trinity Mini-PC

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Overall rating 7/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
8
Performance:
6
Value:
6.5
THE GOOD
Good connectivity options
Six USB ports (2 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0)
Compact and slim design
Integrated WiFi & Bluetooth
THE BAD
Slow mechanical hard disk
Less than expected performance
Expensive considering no OS provided


Performance (Part 2)

3DMark 11

Unfortunately, the Intel NUC kit could not complete 3DMark 11 but the Sapphire Edge VS8 did respectably well in this test thanks to its integrated Radeon HD 7600G GPU. On the performance preset, we can see that the Radeon HD 7600G scored around 20% less than Radeon HD 7660G, but was almost on a par with the older Radeon HD 6620G GPU found in the older Llano APU. We can also see that the Radeon HD 7660G completely blitzes the Intel Graphics HD 4000, outscoring it by a considerable 40%.

Far Cry 2 & Battlefield Bad Company 2 Results

The Sapphire Edge VS8 has been underwhelming so far and we had hoped that it would put up a strong showing when it came to gaming benchmarks. Looking at the frame-rates achieved on Far Cry 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2, we can see that while they were respectable, they weren’t that much better than those recorded by the Intel NUC Mini-PC. In fact, we reckon the difference would be impossible to detect by most users. If anything, it goes to show that Intel has really closed the gap with their newest Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated GPU.