We brought you news earlier today about the low-cost X-26 mini PCs arriving with dual-core Celeron chips. We’ll, it looks like there are a few model variations available including the new X-27, which features an older Arrandale-class Core i7 620UM dual-core ULV (ultra-low-voltage) processor, selling for under $300 including shipping.
The mini PC looks to be taller than the X-26 but features the same Apple Mac Mini-type form factor.
The back panel reveals six USB2.0 ports along with VGA and HDMI video output as well as RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet and 3.5mm mic/speaker sockets.
As for the innards, it includes 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD to get you started but the internal SATA port and 2.5-inch bay can handle anything up to 1TB allegedly. We’re keen to take a look at one of these, particularly at how the cooling is arranged.
The Aliexpress reseller dishing these units out is asking $230 plus shipping (approx. $70 to places like Australia).
If you’re thinking about performance, the key feature apart from the clock speed and dual-core/Hyperthreading included is the 4MB of ‘smart cache’. Arrandale chips are now quite old, having been launched back in January 2010, whereas the Celeron 1037U we mentioned earlier today was launched in January 2013. Smart cache acts a bit like a gearbox in car engine – the more of it you have, the faster the CPU will process data at a given clock speed. We’d be interested to see the Core i7 620UM up against the Celeron 1037U in a straight-line performance test. However, we still think the Core i7 620UM should come out in front – just – because of its Hyperthreading and doubled cache amount. But that’s a guess-timate at the moment.
|Processor||Intel Cor i7 620UM dual-core x86|
|Clock||Up to 1.07GHz|
|GPU type||Intel HD Graphics|
|RAM||4GB (SO-DIMM, 8GB optional)|
|Internal storage||16GB SSD (optional up to 1TB HDD)|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||None (RTL8111DL Gigabit Ethernet)|
|No./type of USB ports||6 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||Yes (inc. VGA output)|
|Dimensions||200 x 200 x 50mm|
|Announce Date||August 2013|
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