Sapphire EDGE-HD2 Mini PC Review

4. Internal Layout and BIOS6. Platform Benchmarks


Sapphire EDGE-HD2 Mini PC Review

Test System and Methodology

Intel ATOM D525
NVIDIA ION2 Graphics
GoldKey DDR3-1333
Samsung 320GB 5400RPM SATA Drive 8MB cache
Indilinx Based 128GB SSD
AzureWave Wireless-N
65w PSU

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit RTM
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10/DirectX 11 (June 2010)
Forceware 275.50
Adobe CS5 64-bit
dBpoweramp
Sisoft Sandra
Blackmagic Design Disk Speed Benchmark
PowerDVD 11
Prime95
AIDA 64
Google Chrome
Arcsoft Media Convertor 7
Flash 10.3
Fraps
GPUz

After receiving and configuring the Sapphire Edge-HD2 the hard drive was formatted to ensure a clean build was in place. All Windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drive was de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

Hardware Heaven does not use benchmark scripts. We play the games for long periods of time on various levels and report any unusual findings we see. Then we record with FRAPS across several in game levels recording the averages. This is real world testing and is just how you guys will experience the game. Occasionally we might throw in a time demo as a further comparison, but we will note it.

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