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ASRock Core HT HTPC (Sandybridge) Review

Rating: 8.5.

ASrock have been active in the last 12 months, releasing a high quality range of motherboards and small form factor computers. Today we are looking at their latest range of media centers – the Core HT HTPC, which is based around the Intel Sandybridge platform.

The Home Theater computer we are reviewing today is based around a Core i5 processor, with 4GB of DDR3 memory, 500GB storage and onboard Intel HD graphics. The only thing that is not included is the operating system.


  • Intel® Mobile Sandy Bridge Processor
  • Mobile Intel® HM65 Express chipset
  • Playback of Blu-ray disc S3D content via HDMI 1.4a
  • HDMI audio pass through (Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio)
  • THX TruStudio PRO™
  • 4 x USB3.0
  • 1 x eSATA3

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  • Trevor

    Wow thats tiny to keep an i5 cool. very impressed with that. CPU cooler is so small……. might be borderline to keep that clean after a year or two. temps get high as it is, brand new. I remember opening my last PC and the CPu cooler was b asically blocked with dust.

  • Dave

    That piano black looks brilliant brand new, see after a month? it is a nightmare. my TV is the same, the outter bevel is piano black and its consantlely being cleaned.

  • Iain

    Wish they did a version in aluminum, like Apple products, that would be wicked. Id never buy apple for a media center as their OS doesnt support bluray and you need to mod it to Windows and add a player….. useless.

  • Optix


    I had an ATOM powered Sapphire system after reading the review here and it sucked. so frigging slow. never touching atom again.

  • Thomas

    The back I/O is good, but why no DVI? seems bizarre when they have everything there but the kitchen sink

  • Rob

    Nice product but you could have compared the gaming performance to … well anything! Also whats with the deal with the 20+ pages for a review that really need be no more than half a dozen? Other than that nice work.