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 reviewed the Haswell-based VisionX 420D last September. Instead of waiting for Broadwell / Skylake, ASRock has taken the opportunity of falling flash memory prices to bring out a mid-generation update in the form of the VisionX 471D. With a Core i7-4712MQ and a 256 GB mSATA SSD under the hood, ASRock manages to address two important improvement aspects that we noted in our VisionX 420D review. Do the additional capabilities come with any caveats? Are there tangible improvements in real-world workloads? Read on to...

AMD Radeon HD 7750 & Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition Review: Evading The Price/Performance Curve

With the launch of Tahiti behind them, AMD is now firing on all cylinders to get the rest of their Southern Islands lineup out the door. Typically we’d see...

155 by Ryan Smith & Ganesh T S on 2/15/2012

CyberLink PowerDVD 12: Complementing Your Mobile Lifestyle

Software Blu-ray / DVD players are bundled with almost all OEM PCs and a necessity for consumers who want to enjoy their commercial optical media in the most legal...

42 by Ganesh T S on 1/31/2012

Syabas Launches Popcorn Hour C-300

Syabas launched the second generation version of their BDA licensed unit, the Popcorn Hour C-300 today. The previous version was based on Sigma's SMP 8643, and the C-300 is based...

6 by Ganesh T S on 12/6/2011

Zotac Introduces Passively Cooled GTS 450 Zone Edition

Passively cooled high performance GPUs are quite popular with the HTPC community. NVIDIA GPUs are preferred by many HTPC users because of good software support (LAV CUVID, for example...

25 by Ganesh T S on 11/23/2011

ASRock CoreHT 252B Review

Approximately a year back, we reviewed the ASRock Core 100 HTPC which was a pioneer of sorts in the small form factor (SFF) HTPC space. Till that point, the...

56 by Ganesh T S on 9/2/2011

Roku 2 Brings Casual Gaming to TVs

Roku, founded in 2002, is one of the pioneers in the media streamer market. OTT (over-the-top) content from premium service providers like Netflix and Hulu has become more popular...

16 by Ganesh T S on 7/19/2011

AMD A8-3850 : An HTPC Perspective

Today is all about Lynx, the desktop version of the Llano platform from AMD. Anand is reviewing the A8-3850 from a generic PC perspective, and Ian is covering its...

107 by Ganesh T S on 6/30/2011

Discrete HTPC GPU Shootout

The popularity of Intel's HD Graphics amongst HTPC enthusiasts and the success of the AMD APUs seem to indicate that the days of the discrete HTPC GPU are numbered...

70 by Ganesh T S on 6/12/2011

Zotac ZBOX: Brazos Goes HTPC

The ultimate goal of any HTPC is to handle any media content you might desire, all while consuming very little power and generating no noise. Package all of that...

37 by Andrew Van Til on 6/9/2011

Hauppauge Colossus: HD PVR with HDMI Support

When Hauppauge introduced the original HD PVR in 2008 its component plus TOSLINK (optical S/PDIF) capture of 5.1 Dolby Digital and up to 1080i analog video was a revolutionary...

62 by Andrew Van Til on 4/14/2011

AMD's Radeon HD 6450: UVD3 Meets The HTPC

AMD’s Northern Islands family is composed of four GPUs, roughly divided into two categories. At the top is the 6900 series powered by Cayman, AMD’s first VLIW4 GPU. Below...

47 by Ryan Smith on 4/7/2011

Dell Zino HD 410 HTPC Review

Dell is one of the leading vendors in the PC market to have a play in the SFF HTPC (small form factor home theater PC) space. In 2009, they...

69 by Ganesh T S on 2/19/2011

ASRock ION 3D - A Next Generation ION HTPC

ASRock has yet another Mini PC in its lineup, this one makes use of an Atom dual-core processor and NVIDIA ION Graphics. In this review we will attempt to...

30 by Cameron Butterfield on 1/14/2011

SilverStone GD04 HTPC Case: Cool, Not Quiet

The Silverstone "Grandia Series" GD04 comes as a well regarded, oft recommended media center case. It has an attractive, understated look and the choice of silver and black lets...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/25/2010

The Boxee Box Review

Content aggregation has been instrumental in the development of the web. In the early days of the web, destinations held all the power. If you wanted news or reviews...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Ganesh T S on 11/23/2010

Zotac ZBOX Blu-Ray HD-ID34 Review

Zotac has become quite popular in recent times for their entry level products in the mini-ITX motherboard, Atom / ION nettop and nVidia GPU space. Their mini-PC lineup started...

40 by Alan Lueke on 10/19/2010

NVIDIA's GeForce GT 430: The Next HTPC King?

It’s been 7 months since the launch of the first Fermi cards, and at long last we’re here: we’ve reached the end of the road on the Fermi launch...

121 by Ryan Smith & Ganesh T S on 10/11/2010

ASRock's High-End Vision 3D HTPC Reviewed

ASRock is one of the companies held in high esteem by everyone here at AnandTech. We have been reviewing their HTPC offerings since they first came out their Ion...

51 by Ganesh T S on 10/3/2010

Boxee Box: The Inside Story, Swapping Tegra 2 for Intel CE4100

Boxee and D-Link announced the availability of the Boxee Box for pre-order on Amazon today. At CES 2010, they demonstrated the Boxee Box with the Tegra 2 SoC inside...

53 by Ganesh T S & Brian Klug on 9/13/2010

ASRock Core 100HT-BD : Bringing HTPCs to the Mainstream Market [UPDATED : Noise Issue]

Anandtech has evaluated many systems in search of the utopian HTPC. However, every one of them has ended up with some issue or the other. When ASRock offered to...

107 by Ganesh T S on 7/19/2010

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now