Excerpt: Considering how poorly AMD’s A-series APU did in our Budget Builds story, you’d think that type of chip would be outclassed by its AM3+ siblings and Intel’s crew in all scenarios. But, while that’s true in the case of big desktops, when you miniaturize the chassis to something you can slip into your murse, things get a bit more competitive. Such is the way with Sapphire’s Edge VS8 mini PC.
Pros: Quiet; fairly powerful graphics; plenty of ports.
Summary: Sapphire's Edge VS8 is a great little system for general purpose chores, such as surfing the web, keeping up with social networking sites, and word processing tasks. You can also watch HD movies and play some light gaming (emphasis on light), all from a system that's easy to tuck away out of sight.
Where the Edge VS8 falters is in trying to do more than it's capable of.
Pros: Small, Smooth, and Sexy:, Lots of Connectivity:, Serviceable and Upgradable:, Relatively Affordable:, HD Support:
Cons: Hard Drive Drags Down Performance:, No Remote:, Supply Your Own OS
Summary: The Sapphire Edge VS8 may cost a bit more than most other units, but it offers an excellent price to performance ratio. The other comparable unit would be the brand new ID83 from Zotac. It costs around 10% more and offers a dual-core CPU with Intel HD3000 graphics, which not only makes the Sapphire Edge VS8 more affordable, but also better specced - at least on paper.
Pros: Excellent performance, Excellent power draw/performance ratio, Excellent 3D performance for a Mini PC, Keeps cool under stressful scenarios, All types of cables included: HDMI, DVI, and optical, White LED lighting, Slim and VESA mountable, Two USB 3.0 ports in front, Easily upgradable, Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, SD-card reader, Fan emits clean noise, Memory and SSD easily upgradable, UEFI BIOS, Soft-touch surface.
Cons: Slow hard drive, 2x2GB memory means losing one stick to upgrade, Cooling is noticeable in terms of noise level at load, No IR Receiver and Remote, Drivers and software should come on a USB drive or SD card, not CD/DVDs.
Sapphire Edge VS8 review: compact mini-PC with AMD A8
11 February 2013
Excerpt: Sapphire is great at making AMD graphics cards, but they're also not above creating a fun mini PC once in a while. The last model is called the Edge VS8 and runs on an AMD A8 processor, so it's pretty powerful for a mini PC. Hardware.Info took a closer look to find out how well this very compact computer performs.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Compact and can stand up or lie down, Lots of power for the size and price
Cons: Doesn't have an operating system pre-installed
Excerpt: The Sapphire Edge VS8's futuristic rubber chassis may not be quite as sleek and attractive as other mini PCs we've seen, but it's still a svelte number, measuring just 31x197x182mm. From the side, it's almost the same size as an iPad Mini, but as its uneven wedge-shaped case doesn’t lie flat you'll need to use the included stand or attach it to the back of a TV or monitor with the included VESA mount.
Excerpt: 5 Flares 5 Flares × Today we are looking at the latest Edge VS8 Mini PC from Sapphire, the follow up to the Edge HD3 which we reviewed earlier this year . The new Edge VS8 is based around an AMD Quad Core A8 1.6ghz APU with onboard HD7600G graphics. Our review sample ships with a large 500GB hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 memory. Is this an ideal solution to as a diminutive ‘general use’ PC when paired up with a High Definition Television set?
Sapphire Edge VS8 - test nowej odsłony mini-PC z AMD Trinity na pokładzie
7 November 2013
Excerpt: Najnowszy model APU firmy AMD, mimo iż w testach okazał się dość udanym produktem, to jednak producenci salonowych komputerów jakoś ochoczo nie podchodzą do stosowania tej platformy. Pionierem jest firma Sapphire, która jako pierwszy producent na polskim rynku wprowadza do oferty swoje nowe nettopy Edge VS4 i VS8. Dzisiaj testujemy pierwszy z wymienionych modeli.
Excerpt: Nettop obvykle představuje počítač vybavený nevýkonným hardwarem, jako jsou procesory Atom či Brazos. To v případě testovaného Edge VS8 od Sapphire už tak moc neplatí, neboť ten nám nabídne mobilní APU řady Trinity, díky čemuž je mnohem zajímavější.
Pros: + Malé a tenké tělo se stojanem a VESA držákem, + Vyvážený výkon a dobrá výbava, + Velmi nízká spotřeba
Cons: - Hlučnost v klidovém režimu by mohla být nižší, - Málo výkonný pevný disk