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.

AVADirect’s Clevo P570WM X79 Gaming Notebook Available for Pre-Order in the US

Depending on whom you ask, desktop replacement notebooks are either a growing or a shrinking market. Most large OEMs have completely abandoned the DTR market, with high-end DTR-like notebooks...

19 by Jarred Walton on 1/25/2013

Intel Introduces the Safaricom Yolo Based On Z2420 Lexington Smartphone Platform

At CES I took a look at Intel's newly announced Lexington platform FFRD (Form Factor Reference Design) which is an entry-level smartphone design aimed at emerging markets and uses...

17 by Brian Klug on 1/24/2013

The End of an Era: Intel's Desktop Motherboard Business to Ramp Down Over Next 3 Years

Today Intel made a sobering, but not entirely unexpected announcement: over the next 3 years Intel will be ramping down its own desktop motherboard business. Intel will continue to...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/22/2013

Getting the Best out of an Ivy Bridge HTPC: Windows 8, madVR and More..

The build process and thermal performance of a fanless Ivy Bridge HTPC was covered in detail last month. I had indicated that the piece would be the first of...

138 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2013

Intel's Quick Sync: Coming Soon to Your Favorite Open Source Transcoding Applications

Intel's hardware accelerated video transcode engine, Quick Sync, was introduced two years ago with Sandy Bridge. When it was introduced, I was immediately sold. With proper software support you...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2013

Intel Brings Core Down to 7W, Introduces a New Power Rating to Get There: Y-Series SKUs Demystified

For all of modern Intel history, it has specified a TDP rating for all of its silicon. The TDP rating is given at a specific max core temperature (Tj_MAX...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2013

Quick Look at ASUS UX51V: My CES 2013 Laptop

Brian and Vivek talked about their CES equipment, and I thought I’d chime in as well—except I don’t really have anything worth discussing other than my laptop. My Nikon...

21 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

A Cheaper Way to 4K: Intel’s Collage Driver

A Cheaper Way to 4K: Intel’s Collage Driver If you heard my recent rant on Podcast 13, my main beef was with the state of monitors to the end user...

29 by Ian Cutress on 1/11/2013

A Brief Overview of CES' Ultrabooks

I dropped by the Intel booth to see what they had on display, and as expected that had a full lineup of Ultrabooks from various manufacturers. We’ve covered many...

22 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2013

Intel Haswell GT3e GPU Performance Compared to NVIDIA's GeForce GT 650M

Haswell isn't expected to launch until the beginning of June in desktops and quad-core notebooks, but Intel is beginning to talk performance. Intel used a mobile customer reference board...

253 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2013

Lenovo’s Erazer X700 Gaming Desktop

Continuing our Lenovo coverage, we have another gaming-centric system from Lenovo, and I have to admit I never saw this one coming. The new Lenovo Erazer X700 is a...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Lenovo’s Horizon All-In-One/Table PC

Lenovo was particularly proud of their Horizon all-in-one (AIO)/Table PC touchscreen computer, which at first glance seems much like any other AIO. Lenovo is adding their own special sauce...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Lenovo Announces IdeaPad Yoga 11S

Last year at CES 2012, Lenovo unveiled their Yoga 13 laptop/tablet hybrid. The product was one of the most interesting ideas I saw at CES 2012, and it started...

5 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Demo

Lenovo was at the Aquanox as usual, with a slew of products on display. We'll take the items that caught our eye in turns, starting with the ThinkPad Helix...

12 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook: Acer’s Best Foot Forward

Over the years, we’ve seen many budget-oriented Acer offerings of one form or another. There have also been a few higher-end options, but for most of their products Acer...

54 by Jarred Walton on 1/7/2013

MSI Announces Slider S20 Ultrabook Convertible

Next week kicks off CES 2013 in Las Vegas, and I along with many of the other AnandTech editors will be present. Prior to the actual start of the...

9 by Jarred Walton on 1/4/2013

The ARM vs x86 Wars Have Begun: In-Depth Power Analysis of Atom, Krait & Cortex A15

Late last month, Intel dropped by my office with a power engineer for a rare demonstration of its competitive position versus NVIDIA's Tegra 3 when it came to power...

140 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2013

The x86 Power Myth Busted: In-Depth Clover Trail Power Analysis

The untold story of Intel's desktop (and notebook) CPU dominance after 2006 has nothing to do with novel new approaches to chip design or spending billions on keeping its...

163 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/24/2012

The Clover Trail (Atom Z2760) Review: Acer's W510 Tested

Microsoft’s Windows 8/RT launch has been a bit choppier than expected. I remember hearing rumors that the OS release could slip into next year, but it seems that the...

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/20/2012

Intel Launches “Centerton” Atom S1200 Family, First Atom For Servers

In recent months much has been made over the potential incursion of ARM into Intel’s tightly held server markets, and for good reason. ARM’s general focus on SoCs for...

35 by Ryan Smith on 12/11/2012

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