World’s Smallest PC- Intel Vs AMD
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         The size of the computers are getting small day by day. The technology partners and manufacturing partners are competing each other to deliver their best. Here we have Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and Sapphire Edge VS8 which is powered by AMD APU. The Intel’s product comes with different configuration and the Sapphire Edge VS8 comes only with single configuration. The two products are discussed below.

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing

The size of the Intel’s NUC is four inches square by two inches high. The NUC is avaliable in 3 models. The first model is DC3217BY which is powered by Core i3 3217-U processor, an HDMI audio-video port, and a Thunderbolt port. The second model is DC3217IYE which is powered by Core i3 3217-U processor and dual HDMI ports. The third model is DCCP847DYE which is powered by Celeron 847 processor and dual HDMI ports. All the above 3 models are capable of delivering FullHD display out. The SSD can be coupled with the NUC to get high performance computing and NUC supports for DDR3 SODIMM RAM memory which is smaller in size compared to the traditional RAM used in desktop.


  • full- and half-size mini-PCIe slots
  • two USB 2.0 ports
  • a gigabit Ethernet port
  • a Kensington lock socket

The one of the main disadvantage is that the NUC doesn’t support for USB 3.0 and eSATA.

Sapphire Edge VS8

             It is a new family of mini PC which is based on latest Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) technology from AMD. It is very compact and its sleek design resembles like design of a router. The Sapphire Edge VS8 is powered by AMD APU A8 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and 4GB RAM which delivers high performance  The storage capacity is 500 GB. It also includes AMD RadeonTM HD7600G for decent gaming performance.


  • Built-in Ethernet
  • 802.11 b/g/n Built-in Wireless Network
  • Built-in Bluetooth 3.0
  • I/O Ports
    • 1 x Mini Display Port
    • 1 x HDMI Port
    • 4 x USB 2.0 Port
    • 1 x Audio-in
    • 1 x Line-out
    • 2 x USB 3.0 Port
    • 1 x Optical SPDIF
    • 1 x SD Card Reader


           Who wins the game? It purely depends on our need because the NUC has got powerful processor compared to the AMD’s processor technology. But if you are a gamer Sapphire wins the game since it has integrated RadeonHD GPU. Also Sapphire VS8 has got numerous I/O ports compared to the Intel’s NUC. The main disadvantage with the NUC is that it lack the USB 3.0 port. However the thunderbolt technology in NUC  provides connectivity to premium priced peripherals to take advantage of the technology.

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