Samsung Launches Series 9 All-in-One PCby Kristian Vättö on January 22, 2012 1:32 PM EST
Samsung has released Series 9 All-in-One (or simply AIO), and more specifically the model that was released today carries a model number 900A7A. It adopts a similar design as Samsung's Series 7 T27B750 display, which we covered earlier. The most unique feature in Series 9 AIO is the support for 3D. We have seen several AIOs with 3D panels from Sony and HP, but the Series 9 seems to be the first 27" one. Below are the known specifications:
|Samsung Series 9 900A7A Specifications|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-2600S (4/8, 2.8GHz/3.8GHz, 8MB L3)|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6730M with 1GB of DDR3|
|Memory||8GB DDR3 (?)|
|Storage||1TB hard drive|
|Connectivity||USB 3.0, HDMI|
|Others||3D support, TV tuner, 1080p webcam|
Not much is known about Series 9 AIO yet, and in particular the information on connectivity is limited. We would expect at least Ethernet, WiFI and USB 2.0 to be present, though. The panel is most likely TN given that it's only 1080p, whereas 1440p displays are usually IPS. Some sites are claiming up to 8GB of RAM, so it's uncertain whether 8GB is included in the base configuration or if that is just the maximum.
The usefulness of 3D is a bit questionable. AMD 6730M isn't exactly a power house--it's based on Turks (6670/6570) and has 480 SPs running at 725MHz. While the desktop variants come with GDDR5, 6730M uses DDR3 and that will definitely affect the performance. Overall, I would expect the performance to be close to 6750M, which can be found in low-end iMac and higher-end MacBook Pros (see our review for relative performance). For any serious 3D gaming at 1080p, the 6730M really won't cut it.
The 900A7A might be more usable as an HTPC given that it has a built-in TV tuner and Blu-Ray, although it's price will most likely scare potential buyers away. The 900A7A will be available only in South Korea, at least for now, and will be priced at 2,690,000 won which is approximately $2359. However, South Korea has 10% VAT so the retail price in US should be around $2000 (without tax), if this ever hits the US.