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Asus Essentio CS5110 PC – mini-desktop with a twist of MXM

We’ve seen PC Manufacturers roll out mini-desktop systems that’s well less than 6 liters in volume since the dawn of the Intel Core 2 Duo. Asus made their entry into the market a few months back with the Nova PC, and now, we’e got their latest Essentio PC, touted as the smallest desktop computer with discrete graphics built in. We’ll also see one of the most expensive Blu-Ray burner in the Essentio too….

The market has seen many PC manufacturers roll out small form factor PCs over the past 24 months since the introduction of Intel’s Core 2 Duo platform, where heat has became a minimal issue with its nominal TDP of 65watts, which is often lower. With the likes of Acer, Compaq, Gigabyte and others, many have rolled out their own renditions of mini desktops that take up minimal desk space, but most if not all of them comes equipped with weak integrated graphics that don’t quite provide enough juice for memory intensive applications and games apart from DoTA!

The Asus Essentio was announced earlier this year in March as the smallest desktop PC that comes equipped with a discrete graphics solution. Not only that, the Essentio doesn’t only come equipped with the necessary components, there are quite a few surprises too. Read on while we walk you through on the wonders of this little machine.


 First, the Specs.

Operation System
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium,
Intel Core2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium Dual-Core/Pentium 4
North Bridge:
Intel G35
South Bridge:
Intel ICH8
2 x SODIMM Slots Dual Channel DDR2 800 MHz. Support max 4 GB.
Nvidia Geforce MXM MN8600M GT 256M
Hard Drive
2.5" 250G ~ 1TB
Optical Drive
Slot-in Slim Blue-ray/DVD Writer
Gigabit LOM
Azalia 7.1 Channel
S/PDIF out (Optical)
Front Panel
1 x 10 -in-1 Card Reader
1 x Headphone
1 x Microphone
1 x IEEE 1394 (4 PIN)
2 x USB 2.0
Rear Panel
1 x D-sub(VGA)
1 x HDMI
1 x Line-In/Line-Out(Front L/R)/Mic-in
1 x Back Surround LR/Side Surround LR/Center LFE
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x S/PDIF-out (Optical)
4 x USB 2.0
1 x DC Power in
80x290x200 mm (W x H x D)
3.4 Kgs
Power Supply
120 W
1 x Multi-media Keyboard (USB)
1 x Multi-media Mouse (USB)
1 x Anti-slip Pad

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