ASRock's High-End Vision 3D 252B HTPC Reviewby Ganesh T S on May 7, 2012 6:15 AM EST
The ASRock Vision 3D 252B package contained the following:
- Main unit in a 2.5L chassis (200mm x 200mm x 70mm)
- 90W AC / DC adapter
- Media Center remote with batteries
- Support CD with drivers and miscellaneous software
- SATA and power cables / screws for user installation of second hard disk
The industrial design is unchanged from the previous generation, and the pleasing round edges are a step up from the CoreHT series.
When compared with the first generation Vision 3D, we find that one of the USB 2.0 ports in the back panel has been replaced with a USB 3.0 port. The front panel is identical in both versions.
Just like a notebook, this unit also supports simultaneous display on two monitors. Testing was done mostly with the HDMI output connected to a Elite VSX-32 from Pioneer, and then to a Sony KDL46EX720 1080p 3D TV. For non-media playing related testing, the HDMI port was connected to an Acer H243H 1080p monitor.
Our review unit shipped with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and a OEM version of Cyberlink PowerDVD for Blu-Ray playback. However, the OEM version has a number of missing features such as lack of HD audio decode. To test these, we installed the full versions of both Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 as well as ArcSoft Total Media Theater 5.
We will conclude this section with a table to summarize the data and A/V connectivity options for the ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC.
|VGA||Yes (with Adapter - Not Supplied)|
|Optical Disk Drive||Yes [Blu-Ray / DVD-RW]|
|USB||Yes [4 x v2.0, 4 x v3.0]|
|eSATA||Yes [1 x v3]|
|LAN||Yes [ 1000 Mbps GbE ]|
|Internal HDD||Yes [ 750 GB ]|
|WiFi||Yes [ 300 Mbps 2T2R 802.11n ]|