ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently refreshed the mini-PC lineup in sync with Intel's product cycle. We have been reviewing members of their CoreHT lineup (rechristened as VisionHT last year) since the Arrandale days, but today, we are focusing on their gamer-targeted mini-PCs. The VisionX lineup marked the departure from NVIDIA to AMD for the discrete GPU component, and their Haswell version, the VisionX 420D combines a Core i5-4200M with an AMD Radeon R9 M270X. Read on to see how the mini-PC fares under both gaming and HTPC workloads.

Some Quick Gaming Numbers at 4K, Max Settings

Part of my extra-curricular testing post Computex this year put me in the hands of a Sharp 4K30 monitor for three days and with a variety of AMD and...

131 by Ian Cutress on 7/1/2013

AMD's A10-5750M Review, Part 1: The APU and Radeon HD 8650G Performance

While AMD's Richland update has been of modest benefit on the desktop, improved power consumption and turbo features tend to go over much better in mobile. Is the AMD...

81 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/28/2013

Performance Retrospective: AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M

We recently posted our first review of a notebook equipped with NVIDIA’s latest mobile tour de force, the GeForce GTX 780M. With a theoretical computational performance increase of 30%...

59 by Jarred Walton on 6/21/2013

AMD Takes Samsung, Kabini in the ATIV Book 9 Lite & ATIV One 5 Style - Hands On

Samsung was curiously quiet on talking about specs with a couple of its newly announced PCs, and now we know why. Both the ATIV Book 9 Lite (affordable ultraportable...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

AMD Evolving Fast to Survive in the Server Market Jungle

There are two important trends in the server market: it is growing and it is evolving fast. It is growing fast as the number of client devices is exploding...

80 by Johan De Gelas on 6/18/2013

UPDATED! AMD Announces FX-9590 and FX-9370: Return of the GHz Race

AMD Announces FX-9590 and FX-9370: Return of the GHz Race Today at E3 AMD announced their latest CPUs, the FX-9590 and FX-9370. Similar to what we’re seeing with Richland vs...

115 by Jarred Walton on 6/13/2013

AMD's Richland vs. Intel's Haswell GPU on the Desktop: Radeon HD 8670D vs. Intel HD 4600

The run up to Computex has been insane. Kabini, Haswell and Iris hit us back to back to back, not to mention all of the travel before receiving those...

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

AMD Continues Assembling Dream Team: Sean Pelletier from NVIDIA Tech Marketing to Join, Update: He's back at NVIDIA

Last year AMD was hemorrhaging talent. While we don't have a good indication of the extent of the talent exodus, Qualcomm seemed to benefit quite a bit from the...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2013

AMD Richland Desktop APUs Now Available

We’ve all known for a while that AMD would be releasing desktop Richland SKUs, and there have been a few leaks—including the APUs going up for sale at Newegg...

42 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2013

AMD Opteron X1150 & X2150 "Kyoto": Kabini Heads to Servers

Last week AMD launched its Kabini APU for clients, a quad-core Jaguar based SoC with GCN graphics aimed at entry-level and mainstream ultraportable notebooks. In our review we found...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/29/2013

The Kabini Deal: Can AMD Improve the Quality of Mainstream PCs with Its Latest APU?

There are two non-negotiables in building a PC these days: the cost of Intel silicon and the cost of the Windows license. You can play with everything else but...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2013

2013 AMD Elite Performance APU Platform (Mobile Richland)

Somehow or another, we missed covering the Richland APU launch. With AMD launching Kabini and Temash today and reiterating the features and parts in the Richland APU lineup, we...

22 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

AMD’s 2013 Elite Mobility Platform, aka Temash

AMD has a bunch of APUs launching today, and while the only hardware we have on hand for testing right now consists of a Kabini laptop, we wanted to...

12 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

AMD Kabini APUs Detailed

AMD has a three-pronged assault going out today: at the bottom (in terms of performance) is their 2013 AMD Elite Mobility Platform, formerly codenamed Temash. Next up is the...

2 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

A Closer Look at the Kabini Die

With our review done I did the one thing I've been keeping myself from doing for the past week: I pulled the heatsink off my Kabini review notebook and...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2013

AMD’s Jaguar Architecture: The CPU Powering Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Kabini & Temash

Microprocessor architectures these days are largely limited, and thus defined, by power consumption. When it comes to designing an architecture around a power envelope the rule of thumb is...

78 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2013

The AMD Kabini Review: A4-5000 APU Tested

How does Kabini perform compared to existing hardware? Armed with a prototype laptop sporting AMD’s latest APU, we put it through an extensive suite of benchmarks and see what’s...

131 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

Best Business Laptops – May 2013

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last “best laptop” article, mostly because I had concerns about recommending anything with AMD’s Richland and Intel’s Haswell processors right around...

39 by Jarred Walton on 5/17/2013

AMD Expands Never Settle Reloaded Program Again: Launches Level Up Bundle

Hot on the heels of last month’s expansion of AMD’s Never Settle Reloaded game bundle, which saw Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon added across the board, AMD is back...

20 by Ryan Smith on 5/15/2013

AMD Launches Radeon HD 8970M

Earlier this week I noted that AMD’s Radeon 8970M and Richland A10-5750M are both available in MSI’s new GX70 3BE gaming notebook, but at the time I couldn't fully...

16 by Jarred Walton on 5/15/2013

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