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ACER Revo Mini PC Review


by Stuart Davidson - 22nd August 2011
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ACER Revo Mini PC (RL100) Review

ACER Revo Mini PC (RL100) - Internal Layout and BIOS



After unclipping the covers and removing various screws on the system we get access to the inside of the Revo which uses a nForce 520LE based motherboard. It features a clutter free design and we can see that the low profile cooler which sits on top of the CPU and GPU, exhausting air out of the back of the system.


Most nettop/ comact systems of this style use the ATOM CPU however Acer have gone with an Athlon 2 Neo processor. In our review sample this was the K325, a Champlain based 45nm processor which is 64-bit compatible. The K325 runs at 1.3GHz and is a dual core model and features 2x1MB of L2 cache.

For the GPU we have a Next-Generation ION GPU. Of the two IONs in the new generation this is the higher specification model which is a 40nm chip that contains 4 ROPs and 16 CUDA processors. It has access to 512MB of DDR3 on a 64-bit bus and runs on a PCIe link. In terms of speed the ION is clocked at 500MHz with a 1070MHz shader speed and 700MHz memory.

A DirectX 10.1 part the Next-Generation ION supports DirectCompute 4.1, 3D Vision, CUDA, High-Definition Acceleration and audio over HDMI as well as HDCP.

Acer use a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 2.5" SATA drive in this system and it has a speed of 5400RPM with 8MB cache and 500GB capacity. Along with this we have 4GB of DDR3-800 split into two channels.Completing the key internal components is the Wireless-N capable mini PCIe card at the top right of the system.



Acer use Windows 7 64-bit on the Revo and list items such as an Office trial and Windows Live essentials on the pre-installed specifications. Our system actually had extra software on top of this however it appears most of it was installed by a previous reviewer.


The two key Acer applications are an enhanced browser which is designed to work better with our touchpad input and a file monitor which manages our media, offering links to upload, play or share when we plug in USB devices. Our media functionality is provided by Windows Media Centre and connectivity handled through Clear.fi which allows us to share content between all of our wireless devices.

BIOS


Acer uses an American Megatrends BIOS on the Revo with minimal configuration options available. The main settings which could be used is in the "PC Health" section and allow us to configure the fan settings.
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