Defining a ‘media PC’ is a difficult proposition, everyone has a different view on what makes a perfect HTPC computer. Some users will aim for high performance components in a large chassis while others will opt for the smallest possible physical footprint with virtual silence.
The ASRock ION3D will be a media ‘purists’ wet dream. It is only slightly larger than the diminutive Macintosh Mini but features a slimline Bluray drive. While I have a soft spot for Apple, their substandard Bluray support has certainly not helped them gain a substantial foothold in the demanding media PC sector.
ASrock sell other models in this range: The 152D, featuring a DVD Supermulti drive with an MCE Remote Controller and the 152DL with the DVD Supermulti Drive without Wifi and MCE Remote Controller. We were informed of a £399 inc vat price point but I don’t have pricing information at this stage for the cheaper 152D or 152DL.
|ION 3D 152B|
|CPU||– Intel® Atom™ D525 Dual core Processor|
|OS||– Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant
*Due to VGA driver limitation, 3D function only supports Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit.
|Chipset||– Mobile Intel® ICH8M chipset|
|Memory||– 1x 2GB DDR2 800MHz
– Support DDR2 800MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slots, Max. up to 8GB*
*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
|VGA||– NVIDIA® GT218-ION Graphics|
|HDD||– 320GB, 5400 rpm
– Support 2.5″ SATA HDD
|ODD||– BD Combo|
|Front I/O||– 2 x USB 3.0
– 1 x MIC
– 1 x Head Phone
|Rear I/O||– 1 x HDMI
– 1 x DVI-I
– 6 x USB 2.0
– 1 x S/PDIF
– 1 x D-Sub
|LAN||– Gigabit LAN|
|Sound||– 7.1 CH HD Audio with DTS|
|Remote Controller||– MCE Remote Controller|
|Power Unit||– 65W/19V Adapter|
|Dimension||– 195mm(W) x 70mm(H) x 186mm(L)|
|Volume (liters)||– 2.5L|