Asrock

Oct 09 2013

News - ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

ASRock has been around for a while and always load their motherboards with tons of features at a very affordable price. This Z87 based motherboard is a bit different as it's on the higher priced spectrum, but these guys seem to like it.

With that said, today we’ll be reviewing out the ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard, which as you may expect is a mITX formfactor motherboard based off Intel’s Z87 chipset. This is one of ASRock’s latest motherboards and despite the fact that it’s based off a 17cmx17cm size, the motherboard is very full featured sporting a full PCIe x16 slot for your high powered graphics, six phase DrMOS digital power delivery system...

Custom PC Review

Sep 02 2012

News - ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard Reviewed

The Mini-ITX hits just keep on coming. With the diminutive platform becoming increasingly popular with the DIY crowd,  we are seeing more manufacturers offering a greater variety of motherboards and more sites running reviews of those offerings. In this case, the ASRock Z77E-ITX is on the review table. As the name implies, the Z77E-ITX is a Mini-ITX board based on the Intel Z77 chipset, which means it comes packing a PCI Express 3.0 slot, onboard USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps ports, and support for not only Ivy Bridge, but also support for K-series unlocked processors. ASRock also throws in extra USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, full-size DIMM slots, and a WLAN card in the mini-PCI Express slot with antenna connectors on the rear panel. The Z77 chipset is aimed at the enthusiast segment of the market and most HTPC builders are probably fine settling for a board based on the H77, but it is still refreshing to see so many manufacturers opting to use the Z77 given the chilly reception that the Z67 chipset received for Mini-ITX. 

ASRock Z77E-ITX

Small form factor PC's seem to be growing in popularity since you can run all of the latest gear. Today we are going to look at our first Intel Z77 mini-ITX motherboard to come across my bench. The ASRock Z77E-ITX is, as the name suggests an Intel Z77 motherboard which supports the latest Intel 22nm 'Ivy Bridge' processors in the LGA1155 package. The key feature to the ASRock Z77E-ITX is clearly the mini-ITX small form factor. 

Legit Reviews

May 07 2012

News - AnandTech Reviews ASRock's Vision 3D 252B HTPC

If I'm honest I don't really get these ASROCK's NVIDIA + Intel HD Graphics SFF HTPCs because there really isn't much that adding a dGPU nets you outside of slightly better gaming performance. That said, I am glad that ASROCK continues to develop new machines for this segment and that these systems are beginning to look a lot more like I want them too.

The small form factor (SFF) HTPC market has been steadily growing over the last few years. As mobile processors become more and more powerful, it is becoming easier for users to be satisfied with their performance even in desktop configurations.

The DIY HTPC crowd has a marked preference for mini-ITX motherboards and cases. However, the excessive TDP of desktop CPUs results in complicated thermal designs and noisy results. Thermal designs for systems with mobile CPUs with 35W TDPs are fairly straightforward and not very noisy. In fact, it is even possible to create systems which are fully passively cooled.

ASRock has three HTPC families catering to the entry level, mid-range and high-end markets. While the ION based HTPCs form the entry level (and have since been discontinued), the Core series serves the mid-range and the Vision series caters to the high-end. Today, we will be looking in detail at the Vision 3D 252B, the second generation Vision 3D series HTPC from ASRock. First off, let us take a look at the configuration of the review unit sent to us by ASRock

AT

Feb 17 2012

News - ASRock CoreHT Server Edition Reviewed

ASRock CoreHT Server Edition

ASRock's CoreHT line of small form factor PCs are specifically targeted at the HTPC market, and ASRock has generally done a good job of delivering the goods. Our friends at Anandtech took the CoreHT 252B for a spin several months ago and were generally pleased with what they saw, but were disappointed with the hard drive performance and capacity. ASRock has since updated the CoreHT line with the CoreHT Server Edition. Despite the name, this little unit is every bit an HTPC. Anandtech has tested this new version of the CoreHT to see if it improves on the CoreHT 252B.

It’s very similar to the CoreHT we reviewed before, even sharing nearly the same specs. The one major difference: there’s two 500GB HDDs in the place of one, configured in RAID 0. Other than that, there’s the same mobile Sandy Bridge internals, headlined by the HM67 chipset and Core i5-2410M processor.

Anandtech

Dec 31 2011

News - ASRock A75M-ITX Motherboard Reviewed

ASRock A75M-ITX

ASRock has been a solid supporter of AMD CPUs over the last couple of years as evidenced by their high-end Fatality-branded motherboards. ASRock has also been a solid supporter of the Mini-ITX format. The A75M-ITX brings AMD and Mini-ITX together in one compact package. The lack of overclocking support shouldn't be much of an issue for anyone looking for an HTPC kit, and AMD has arguably done a better job of supporting newer technologies such as USB 3.0 and SATA3 than Intel. I like the inclusion of MKV playback testing. Given the growing popularity of the format, I hope we will see more reviews including MKV playback results, particularly for integrated graphics.

Today we are going to look at the ASRock A75M-ITX motherboard which is aimed at the small-form-factor market. As its name suggests, the motherboard is Mini-ITX which makes it ideal to use within a compact HTPC.

We can also deduce from the product name that this particular motherboard features AMD’s A75 Fusion Controller Hub, meaning it supports the latest USB3.0 and SATA-600 interfaces.

KitGuru

Oct 22 2011

News - Asrock Z68M-ITX-HT and Asrock A75-ITX Square Off

I enjoy reading motherboard reviews, even when I'm not in the market for a new system. However, when I am planning a new build, my favorite kind of motherboard review is a good old-fashioned platform showdown.

Asrock

Today we're looking at a new breed of Mini-ITX motherboards from Asrock called the Z68M-ITX/HT and A75M-ITX. The former is an Intel Z68 board that supports Intel's second-generation Core processors (Sandy Bridge), while the latter utilizes AMD A75's chipset to support Socket FM1 processors, namely the new Fusion A-series desktop APUs.

Techspot

Take two boards from the same manufacturer that target the same market and have similar feature sets, mix in comparable processors from Intel and AMD, and you have a great comparison of the two major platforms. If you are looking at building a new HTPC and haven't decided between the A75/Llano combo or the Z68/Sandy Bridge combo, a showdown like this will serve to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each platform. 

Sep 13 2011

News - AnandTech Reviews ASRock CoreHT 252B

ASRock CoreHTI love reading Ganesh's work because he's one of the few reviewers (not on Missing Remote of course) that really gets HTPC.  They are always incredibly detailed and this look at ASRock's CoreHT 252B is no exception.  You'll have to read it through to get his thoughts, but I am pleased to see that this generation of CoreHT's is much less PC (although still a bit too much for my taste) than the previous.

The DIY HTPC crowd has a marked preference for mini-ITX motherboards and cases. However, the excessive TDP of desktop CPUs resulted in complicated thermal designs and noisy results. Thermal designs for systems with mobile CPUs with 35W TDPs are fairly straightforward and not very noisy. In fact, it is even possible to create systems which are fully passively cooled.

ASRock has three HTPC families catering to the entry level, mid-range and high-end markets. While the ION based HTPCs form the entry level, the Core series serves the mid-range and the Vision series caters to the high-end. Today, we will be looking in detail at the CoreHT 252B, the second generation Core series HTPC from ASRock. First off, let us take a look at the configuration of the review unit sent to us by ASRock

AnandTech

Sep 06 2011

News - Asrock Vision 3D Preparing to Cross Sandy Bridge

Asrock has demonstrated a marked interest in the HTPC market over the last few years and has assembled a solid lineup of SFF barebones kits specifically aimed at HTPC enthusiasts. We even reviewed one of the early models, the ASRock ION-330 Nettop. The current cream of the crop Asrock SFFs are the Vision 3D line that combine an Intel Arrandale mobile processor with an Nvidia GeForce GT425M Graphics.

Evidently Asrock hasn't kept quite as tight a lid on their upcoming products as they would like as information regarding the second generation of Vision 3D SFFs has leaked out.

A tipster was doing a little Google-fu when he came across a listing for the unannounced Vision 3D 2nd Gen Series. The specs are certainly a worthy upgrade to last year's Computex standout, including a switchable 1GB GeForce GT540M card, 1333MHz RAM and an HMDI 1.4a port.

Engadget

While Asrock has not made anything official yet, the Vision 3D line getting bumped up to Sandy Bridge would hardly come as a surprise as the one step down Core HT line recently went through the same transition. Moving from an Arrandale mobile porcessor to a Sandy Bridge mobile processor is not going to make a huge difference in performance, but it sounds like the whole package is getting a nice refresh.

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