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Asus B208 Packs Dual-Core Atom & Radeon 4350 Graphics

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Asus B208 Packs Dual-Core Atom & Radeon 4350 Graphics

Having already pushed the limits of the nettop - as defined as a small, low powered device - with the Eee Box B204 and B206 Asus is at it again with the B208. This time the company has crammed a dual-core Atom chip and Radeon HD 4350 graphics into the same teeny tiny package.

That 1.6GHz dual-core Atom 330 sits alongside 1GB of RAM, which seems a little stingy, but at least the HD 4350 gets 256MB of its own memory to play with - easing the strain a little. 160GB, 250GB and 320GB hard drive-sporting configurations will be available all useful for storing HD content, which can be decoded using the GPU, to be played back over the B208's HDMI port.

Connectivity comes in the form of a quartet of USB ports, Ethernet and Draft-N wireless. A built-in battery provides a UPS-like capability to shut down safely should power fail; the system isn't going to get operating life comparable Eee PC netbooks, though. Especially as Vista, rather than XP, is installed - with Eee Cinema and a bundled remote catering for multimedia playback.

If Asus can get the pricing right on this one it could well have a compelling rival to the new Mac Mini - styling aside.

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Ohmz

March 17, 2009, 11:57 pm

"... 160GB, 250GB and 32GB hard drive-sporting configurations..."





Typo?

m memmory

March 18, 2009, 2:17 am

I'm guessing the 32GB is solid state.

Keldon

March 18, 2009, 2:17 am

Im guessing the 32GB drive is a SSD.





Looks like a nice machine, perfect for a living room PC hooked upto the TV :)

Ohmz

March 18, 2009, 4:37 am

**runs away**

Hugo

March 18, 2009, 4:44 am

320 - fixed.

Ohmz

March 18, 2009, 5:19 am

**runs back, points and laughs, then runs away again**

timple

March 18, 2009, 3:45 pm

If you wanted to add a freeview+ recorder function to it what would be the TR recommended option? Can it take PCI cards?

Stelph

March 18, 2009, 8:13 pm

Considering the B206 and B205 is popping up at around &#163300 at the moment im guessing that this will end up being around &#163350-&#163400 (otherwise it would eat into the sales of the B205/B206). Also isnt this supposed to come with Vista? The 1GB of Ram may make it chug a bit...

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