Today we are taking a look at the Giada Mini-PC A51. The A51 is marketed as a quiet (less than 26 db), low-power, space-saving HTPC. The A51 consumes just 30W, and comes in at a measurement of 192 x 155 x 26 mm (~7.5 x 6.1 x 1 inches) proving those claims too. We will be subjectively testing user experience in order to determine its viability as an HTPC.
Here is the full set of specifications:
- CPU - AMD T56N (AMD E-450 1.65 GHz Dual Core)
- Chipset - AMD A50M FCH
- GPU - CPU embedded graphics (AMD HD 6320)
- System Memory - 4 GB DDR3-800/1066 (2 GB Default)
- Storage - 320 GB 2.5” HDD
- I/O - 1 x USB3.0, 4 x USB2.0, 1 x Card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO) 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x S/PDIF-out
- LAN - Gigabit LAN + Wi-Fi 802.11n + Bluetooth
- Audio - AUDIO-out/MIC-in
- Power Consumption - 30W
- Size - 192 x 155 x 26 mm
- Color - Black & White
- OS - (Optional) Windows 7 Home Premium
Our review unit came without an OS preinstalled, so we went ahead installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 to take advantage of the 4 GB of RAM. The A51 came with a CD for drivers, however, it does not have an optical drive, meaning if you do not have an external USB optical drive, the CD is worthless. We downloaded the drivers on Giada’s website
, though it would have been nice of them to include a small USB drive that had the drivers included rather than a CD.
Once we got the OS and drivers installed, the Giada ran beautifully. It promises smooth 1080p playback and it delivers it. We tested it with a number of 1080p videos on Youtube, and have been using it daily for P90X workouts (which are admittedly not in 1080p), and have had excellent performance. For the casual user, the computer is quite responsive, opening up programs like Songbird and the Microsoft Office rather quickly. While we have become accustomed to SSD speeds for opening applications that have to read from the hard drive, the Giada is on average, only a few seconds slower than our Alienware M14X (R1).
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