Dell Inspiron Zino HD refresh to include Phenom II CPU, Radeon 5450 discrete graphics options

Summary:The Zino HD is Dell's small-form-factor, living-room-friendly desktop and Mac Mini competitor. It appears that there's a refresh on the horizon for the mini-PC, which will include updated processor and discrete graphics options from AMD and ATI.

The Zino HD is Dell's small-form-factor, living-room-friendly desktop and Mac Mini competitor. It appears that there's a refresh on the horizon for the mini-PC, which will include updated processor and discrete graphics options from AMD and ATI.

Currently, the Zino makes use of older AMD Athlon CPUs and integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics. But Hexus.net found a Dell tech support document that lays out updated specs for the next-generation system. These include AMD Phenom II tri-core and quad-core CPU options, along with newer Radeon 4250 integrated graphics. In addition, there's an option for the Radeon 5450 discrete graphics if you want a little gaming power.

Other specs seem in line with the current Zino offerings: up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray drive option, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a single hard drive slot. In comparison, the Mac Mini uses older Intel Core 2 Duo processors and Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics, but doesn't offer a Blu-ray upgrade -- and has a much higher price tag.

[Via Fudzilla]

Topics: Dell, Hardware, Processors

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