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.

Intel Z87 Motherboard Review with Haswell: Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and ASUS

Talk about Haswell and Z87 has circulated the internet for many quarters – today we reap the benefits of the wait and get our chance to review both the...

58 by Ian Cutress on 6/27/2013

A Look at Intel HD 5000 GPU Performance Compared to HD 4000

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53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (13-inch)

Apple launched its Haswell ULT based MacBook Air into the wild earlier this month. With lofty battery life claims, an increased focus on lower power, 802.11ac and a PCIe...

229 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

June 2013 Top500 List Published: Xeon Phi Takes Top Spot

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16 by Ryan Smith on 6/17/2013

Intel SSD DC S3500 Review (480GB): Part 1

We always knew that Intel would build a standard MLC version of its flagship S3700 enterprise SSD, and today we have that drive: the Intel SSD DC S3500.

54 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2013

Intel's Thunderbolt 2: Everything You Need to Know

At Computex, Intel officially branded its next-generation Thunderbolt as Thunderbolt 2. As a recap, current Ivy Bridge platforms use Cactus Ridge Thunderbolt controllers while newly launched Haswell platforms use...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2013

Silvermont to Sell under Atom, Celeron and Pentium Brands, 2.4GHz Z3770 Leaked

During Computex a bit of Intel news leaked out that I didn't have time to talk about. Now that I'm back in the US, it's time to play catch...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2013

The Haswell Ultrabook Review: Core i7-4500U Tested

With Haswell we got a staggered launch, with only some parts ready to go immediately. Interestingly enough, it’s the high-end Haswell desktop parts that are most ready at this...

89 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2013

Intel Demonstrates Bay Trail-T Running Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2

Last month Intel took the covers off its next-generation Atom microarchitecture, codename Silvermont. The first consumer implementation of Silvermont will be Bay Trail, a quad-core SoC for tablets. At...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

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

Intel Announces Thunderbolt 2 at Computex: 20Gbps Bi-Directional Bandwidth per Channel

Earlier this year Intel revealed some details about Falcon Ridge, its 2014 Thunderbolt controller. Today it went a little further and gave the updated Thunderbolt spec a new name...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2013

Introducing the Dual-Core Haswell SKUs

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50 by Jarred Walton on 6/4/2013

Intel's Haswell - An HTPC Perspective: Media Playback, 4K and QuickSync Evaluated

Over the last two years, the launch of every major desktop CPU family from both AMD and Intel has been accompanied by a dedicated HTPC-oriented article. This coverage has...

95 by Ganesh T S on 6/2/2013

Hit the Road, Jack: Intel’s Mobile Quad-Core Haswell SKUs

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34 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2013

Gigabyte's 8-Series Haswell Motherboard Tour [video]

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28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2013

Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics Review: Core i7-4950HQ Tested

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173 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2013

Intel’s Haswell: Quad-Core Desktop Processor SKUs

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25 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2013

The Haswell Review: Intel Core i7-4770K & i5-4670K Tested

This is a very volatile time for Intel. In an ARM-less vacuum, Intel’s Haswell architecture would likely be the most amazing thing to happen to the tech industry in...

207 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2013

Haswell Z87 Motherboard Preview: 50+ Motherboards from ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI, ECS, Biostar and EVGA

With time quickly approaching the launch of Haswell, leaks on both motherboards and CPU performance are coming out of the woodworks. Similar to our advance Ivy Bridge coverage...

71 by Ian Cutress on 5/22/2013

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

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