Friday, 3 February 2012

Acer Quietly Releases the Revo RL70 AMD-powered Nettop

Acer has recently rolled out a new Revo series nettop/miniP,C, a model called Revo RL70 which measures 209.89 (W) x 209.89 (D) x 35.35 (H) mm and makes use of AMD’s E-450 APU boasting two Bobcat cores @ 1.65 GHz and Radeon HD 6320 graphics.

Acer's compact system also has 2 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a multi-in-one card reader, six USB 2.0 ports, plus D-Sub and HDMI outputs. The Revo RL70(-UR10P) runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and is selling for $329.99 (In the U.S).

In the U.K its been out more than a week and one of Acers Main U.K partners EBuyer are selling different versions for very competitive prices:

The 2Gig version with 320 gig Hard Drive (No O.S) £178.83

The 4 gig Version With 640 GigHard Drive (No O.S) £218.94

I have a lot of Questions about if the AMD E-450 is better than the Intel Atom/Ion 2 based chipset on the Acer R3700 the answer is yes and youll notice the Difference right way..not only does the AMD-450 have a 80-core Radeon HD 6320 GPU on the same die.. making its all round functions very fast but the 450 is part of AMD new Brazos range which ill go in to detail below.
This is one Fiery little Desktop Mini P.C/nettop and at these prices...a Steal.
When AMD first introduced its Brazos Platform at the end of last year it promised annual updates to the platform. Today we get the first official update to the platform. Although not a major architectural or process change, the Brazos refresh is significant nonetheless.
At the top we've got the AMD E-450, a part we previewed at Computex. The E-450 replaces the E-350 and brings with it higher clock speeds. The two CPU cores see a mild increase from 1.6GHz to 1.65GHz, while the 80-core Radeon HD 6320 GPU creeps up from 492MHz to 508MHz. Neither sounds too impressive, but the E-450 has a new trick up its sleeve:AMD Turbo Core. Similar to Llano if there's available TDP the GPU cores in the E-450 can turbo up to 600MHz. In GPU bound games the E-450 can be up to 22% faster than the E-350.
The E-450 also adds official DDR3-1333 support (up from 1066). When combined with the faster GPU you might see significantly better gaming performance out of the E-450. Don't expect to get anywhere near Llano's performance, but AMD notes a 36% increase in 3DMark Vantage performance.
Next up is the E-300, this replaces the single-core E-240. The E-300 has two Bobcat cores, which means the refreshed E-series APUs are all dual-core parts. The CPU clock drops a bit down to 1.3GHz, as does the GPU clock (488MHz) but overall performance should go up as nearly any usage model these days will prefer two similarly clocked cores to one.
The final update in AMD's Brazos refresh is the 9W C-60. The C-60 replaces the C-50 before it. Both feature two Bobcat cores, but the C-60 adds AMD Turbo Core support - this time on the CPU and GPU. The C-60 runs at the same 1GHz clock speed as the C-50, but it can turbo up to 1.33GHz. The GPU on the other hand can turbo up to 400MHz from its 276MHz stock speed.
The refreshed Brazos parts are still built on the same TSMC 40nm process and retain the same 18W/9W TDPs. The update to enable Turbo Core is likely only a mild change to the chip and associated BIOS. The higher clock speeds and across-the-board dual-core (E-series) come courtesy of yield improvements. In addition to the extra performance, all refreshed Brazos APUs gain multimode DisplayPort support (DP++). The ++ simply means that you can carry HDMI and DVI signals over the DP connector, allowing OEMs to build systems with only a single DP output and provide passive dongles for single-link DVI and HDMI out.

Acer Revo RL70 Nettop Specs:

  • AMD E-450 1.65GHz
  • Hudson D1 Chipset
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • Dual-channel support on two DIMMs
Hard Drive
  • 640GB SATA 3 Gb/s
Optical Drive
  • None
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Monitor Not Included
  • AMD Radeon HD 6320
  • Optimized Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio enhancement,
  • Featuring Dolby Digital Live Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
  • Dolby Headphone,
  • Dolby Natural Bass,
  • Dolby Sound Space Expander,
  • Dolby Audio Optimization,
  • Dolby High Frequency Enhancer technologies
  • High-definition audio support
Input Devices
  • Acer Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
  • LAN: Gigabit Ethernet,
  • Wake-on-LAN ready
Power Supply
  • 65 W with power cord
  • Width 209.89 mm
  • Depth 209.89 mm
  • Height 35.35 mm
Interfaces Front
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Two HD audio jacks
  • 4 x USB
  • Two HD audio jacks
  • HDMI port
  • S/PDIF port
  • D-Sub VGA port
  • Ethernet (RJ-45)port

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