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ASUS Essentio CS5110  (Source: ASUS)
ASUS touts the discrete graphics in its tiny desktop PC

Will all the buzz surrounding ASUS' Eee PC notebooks, it's easy to overlook other members of the family. The Eee PC range has gained attention in recent weeks thanks to the addition of the 4G-X model sporting Windows XP Home and the upcoming 8.9" Eee PC 900 model which is due in the coming months.

Today, however, it's time for a new ASUS family member to shine. ASUS is now touting its Essentio CS5110 desktop which is claims is "The world’s smallest Desktop PC equipped with a fully embedded discrete graphic card."

The CS5110 measures just 7.9" x 11.4" x 3.1" and weighs just 7.5 pounds. The CS5110 is also relatively quiet and only emits 23.9dB of noise at idle.

Despite the small dimensions, the CS5110 packs quite a punch. The desktop features an Intel G35-based motherboard and supports Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core and Celeron D processors. Up to 4GB of DDR2 memory (via two SO-DIMM slots) is supported and the chassis can accommodate a single 3.5" SATA II HDD, and either a slot-loading DVD SuperMulti or Blu-ray drive.

Since ASUS touts the discrete graphics capabilities of the CS5110, it should be pointed out that the PC includes an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card with 256MB of memory.

Other features of the CS5110 include 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, GbE, six USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, an HDMI port, a VGA port and a 10-in-1 media reader.

ASUS gave no table for launch or a price for its new desktop PC, so stay tuned for more details.

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By daftrok on 4/9/2008 8:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Its not that its a BAD PC. It all depends on price. If its sub $500 then its a good deal. In other words, it has to compete with this:

RE: Well...
By FS on 4/9/2008 11:51:43 PM , Rating: 3
Asus Esentio looks much better than the HP PC, so I think it can be successful as an HTPC if it goes sub $500. Core 2 Duo + 500GB HDD + Discrete graphics(powerful enough for 1080P) + BluRay Player + a nice case + other stuff would be a killer deal but I think the BluRay would increase the price significantly.

PS: there is a little typo, it should've been "With" instead of "Will" in the beginning of the article.

RE: Well...
By appu on 4/10/2008 12:01:45 AM , Rating: 2
Competition with the Mac Mini, anyone? This thing definitely looks better equipped than the Mini, although those I know who use the Mini are absolutely in love with it.

RE: Well...
By FS on 4/10/2008 12:14:44 AM , Rating: 4
I think the black color (Asus) would blend in easily within the home theater environment compared to the white color(mac mini). (+) for Asus as of now.

RE: Well...
By eye smite on 4/10/08, Rating: 0
RE: Well...
By daftrok on 4/10/2008 1:47:59 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't think the Mac Mini as competitive. I mean seriously, its a you really need a desktop to be that small? And consider what you are sacrificing in the process just for smaller size:

1) 1.83 to 2.0 GHz C2D
2) 120 to 160 5400 RPM HDD. No 7200 RPM HDD
3) Intel GMA 950. No nVidia or AMD video card option.

Yes the Mini is only 1/24 of a cubic foot and its competition is roughly 1/3 (8 times) of a cubic foot. But the simple fact is if you don't have even 1/2 a cubic foot of space to keep a PC in your place, you probably should move some stuff around or be spending that 500-600 dollars on a bigger place.

I think that Mac Mini is overkill when it comes to size, especially when sacrificing so much performance.

RE: Well...
By tdktank59 on 4/10/2008 2:28:58 AM , Rating: 2
You are true there...

But get this... At my old work (wideformat printer seller)
We were working on making add on packs for the printers that included the mac mini, and a small monitor from some other 3rd party.

All the mini would be used for is to process the job. It would do all the rendering and stuff that the computer you were working on would be doing. True you have a huge a$$ printer and what not. But having a mini sitting on a small shelf attached to the printer stand worked nicely. Considering all it had to do was process the print job for the printer... (it does pre rendering stuff i cant remember what the correct word is...)

RE: Well...
By Visual on 4/10/2008 8:31:52 AM , Rating: 2
It is considerably larger than the mac mini though... twice higher, more than twice wider, and slightly deeper. Don't misunderstand me - I'm not saying it is too big for me or bashing its size or anything... I'm just pointing out that it's still out of the mac mini size range.

It is still smaller than any microATX HTPC case, which is great. I'll certainly be looking forward to its availability and pricing.

Is it just me?
By Sylar on 4/10/2008 9:50:23 AM , Rating: 2
Or does that thing almost sorta looks like a Playstation 3?

RE: Is it just me?
By MMilitia on 4/10/2008 9:51:15 AM , Rating: 3
It looks like the bastard love child of the PS3 and Xbox360.

sounds good but
By BAFrayd on 4/9/2008 9:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
If this thing could handle a state of the art graphics card, I would be there in a second. I suspect, however, that it is fairly constrained.

RE: sounds good but
By Starcub on 4/9/2008 11:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
The data sheet on ASUS's web site says it uses an MXM mobile GPU, but the article here says "fully embedded discrete graphics". There's a big difference between the two, as MXM (probably type II) implies upgradeability, and "fully embedded" implies soldered onto the mobo.

All things considered I don't see the market for it unless it is really really inexpensive (like Eee PC inexpensive).

By nitrous9200 on 4/9/2008 10:13:43 PM , Rating: 2
It's a laptop in a desktop form factor. Not too much new here, with the exception of the 8600M GT being a slightly more powerful GPU. The HP slimline mentioned above can be upgraded with an 8500GT. If the price is right, it wouldn't be a bad deal, especially since the power usage would be lower than a typical desktop.

RE: Essentially...
By Inkjammer on 4/9/2008 10:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Given it's Asus and the desktop procs, it may be based on the technology found in the ASUS C90S laptop.

say what?
By mattclary on 4/10/2008 1:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
equipped with a fully embedded discrete graphic card

Doesn't the use of "embedded" and "discrete" together strike anyone else as... odd? When I hear "embedded", I think "built into the motherboard".

RE: say what?
By glennpratt on 4/10/2008 2:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
No, discrete to me means separate from the chipset/has it's own memory. Embedded means integrated with the motherboard.

They grow up so fast...
By lagitup on 4/10/2008 12:33:58 AM , Rating: 2
I remember when the Eee was nothing more than a rumored $200 laptop, now its going off to its first day of school. Isn't it cute.

By MMilitia on 4/10/2008 7:10:27 AM , Rating: 2
What initially struck me was that there have been rumors of Asus wanting to make a console-esc machine allowing people to play PC games on their TV. This is actually quite a well spec'd machine for this purpose in terms of hardware, size and noise. Particularly the choice of the mid-range 8600GT M is un-expected. It also looks a lot like a games console.
Perhaps this is a kind of prototype of a living-room gaming system.

More plausibly is that this is intended as a media center PC and thus requires the high-ish specs for HD decoding and such. The only problem I can see is that it requires a slot-loading Blu-Ray drive. As far as I can find out these are still rare and expensive.

Either way I'm looking forward to finding out how much this costs.

By Joz on 4/10/2008 9:19:03 AM , Rating: 2
and that hasnt been thought of before?

I riped apart a ibm thinkpad and put it into a case once. P2's still work fine.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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