ASRock's High-End Vision 3D 252B HTPC Reviewby Ganesh T S on May 7, 2012 6:15 AM EST
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- Home Theater
- Sandy Bridge
- GT 540M
The ASRock Vision 3D 252B package contained the following:
- Main unit in a 2.5L chassis (200mm x 200mm x 70mm)
- 90W AC / DC adapter
- Media Center remote with batteries
- Support CD with drivers and miscellaneous software
- SATA and power cables / screws for user installation of second hard disk
The industrial design is unchanged from the previous generation, and the pleasing round edges are a step up from the CoreHT series.
When compared with the first generation Vision 3D, we find that one of the USB 2.0 ports in the back panel has been replaced with a USB 3.0 port. The front panel is identical in both versions.
Just like a notebook, this unit also supports simultaneous display on two monitors. Testing was done mostly with the HDMI output connected to a Elite VSX-32 from Pioneer, and then to a Sony KDL46EX720 1080p 3D TV. For non-media playing related testing, the HDMI port was connected to an Acer H243H 1080p monitor.
Our review unit shipped with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and a OEM version of Cyberlink PowerDVD for Blu-Ray playback. However, the OEM version has a number of missing features such as lack of HD audio decode. To test these, we installed the full versions of both Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 as well as ArcSoft Total Media Theater 5.
We will conclude this section with a table to summarize the data and A/V connectivity options for the ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC.
|VGA||Yes (with Adapter - Not Supplied)|
|Optical Disk Drive||Yes [Blu-Ray / DVD-RW]|
|USB||Yes [4 x v2.0, 4 x v3.0]|
|eSATA||Yes [1 x v3]|
|LAN||Yes [ 1000 Mbps GbE ]|
|Internal HDD||Yes [ 750 GB ]|
|WiFi||Yes [ 300 Mbps 2T2R 802.11n ]|
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jabber - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkI bought about a dozen of the first generation Atom boxes and they are all still trucking and the customers still love them.
I still want one for myself.
TerdFerguson - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkFor what they were meant for, the little ION machines were flipping fantastic. With a package price of below $200 for everything but the OS, it's a value proposition that hasn't been matched by anything since.
duploxxx - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkyes there are but not all OEM have the guts to do it right and just stuff garbage onto consumers. If they love it means they have never used anything else...
BPB - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkAm I the only guy who goes to the bottom of the specs sheet first and looks fir price? This thing is way too much for an HTPC.
duploxxx - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkwhat would you expect if you see following specs...
Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2520M
(2 x 3.00 GHz (3.20 GHz Turbo), 32nm, 3MB L2, 35W)
Graphics NVIDIA GT 540M (1 GB VRAM)
1 reason why you would need these 2 parts into a HTPC, can be replaced by 1 APU which cost less and consumes less in total, end of story.
BPB - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkI am not saying it isn't worth it. I am saying I see HTPC in the review title, look at the price, and think it's not worth reading the article. Simply can't see spending that on an HTPC, that's all. It is not a knock on the product. I'd be very happy owning this.
cknobman - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkAgreed.
Over $1000 for a HTPC and then with these specs to boot?
Im not saying the specs are bad but they are certainly not worth of over $1000.
mbzastava - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkI recall reading a nice comment from the Intel NUC article which points out how this new form factor is just repackaged laptop parts whith a nice new profit margin. I couldn't agree with him more.
The question you should be asking is: Why does this unit cost around $1000 when you could get a similarly specced laptop for almost $300 less?
ganeshts - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkEconomy of scale - How many such HTPCs are going to be purchased vs. how many laptops the vendor would sell.
blackbrrd - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkI just use a laptop as a HTPC. You can get a decent laptop for waaay less than this costs, and you can use it as a laptop if you need one.