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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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Essentially...
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.


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