ASRock Core HT HTPC (Sandybridge) Review
We reviewed one of the first ASRock Core systems, the ION 330 which was based on the Ion platform and was not the fastest system in the world. It’s great to see ASRock stay behind the product and continue to improve it, this time up with Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform.
The ASRock Core HT HTPC is a fantastic system which is generally very responsive, thanks to the capable Core i5 2520M processor which is clocked at 2.5ghz. While the Intel HD 3000 graphics is certainly not going to win any performance awards, it does offer video/media hardware acceleration and it can cope with non demanding gaming engines at 720p resolution, ideal for casual gaming in a living room environment. As long as there are no expectations that it will power demanding games such as Total War Shogun 2 at 1080p, then we think a wide audience will appreciate the overall balance.