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Giada Slim-BF531 I51: A Budget Nettop

For those who are not at all interested in 3D video games, multimedia creation and more generally not high power requirements, Giada presents its latest nettop, the Slim-BF531 I51, a small form factor computer, that can be forgotten behind a screen. It has a modest power for the content consumption and the “casual gaming”.

The Giada Slim-BF531 I51 comes to life around a Sandy Bridge architecture. A dual-core Celeron 857 with 2 GB of DDR3 and a 320GB HDD at 5400 rpm. This 32 nm chip shows a thermal envelope of only 17 Watts. Its frequency is 1.2 GHz for a 2 MB L3 Cache For cons, contrary to what is shown (See Intel doc) in the press release, the video runs at 350 Mhz core and 1 GHz in turbo mode not compatible with Quick Sync and Clear Video HD.

Otherwise, the connection is quite rich with VGA/HDMI video output, HD audio controller with headphone and microphone jacks, a wired Gigabit Ethernet chipset and a wireless network module Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, a USB 3.0 port and four USB 2.0 ports. It also offers a 4-in-1 memory card reader.

With a weight of 600 grams and a size of 192 * 155 * 26 mm, the Giada Slim-BF531 I51 can be installed behind a screen via a Vesa kit. It has a two-year warranty. Its retail price is $480 without OS. Note that proposed alternatives are Core i7/i5/i3 based.

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