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.

LaCie at CES: 2big & eSATA Thunderbolt Hubs

We're expecting to see a lot of Thunderbolt devices at CES this year and we've already seen our first two new products, both from LaCie. The first is the...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

Thunderbolt Goes Universal in H1'12

Thunderbolt initially launched in February when Apple updated the MacBook Pro, but since then the technology has been an Apple exclusive. The understanding was that Thunderbolt would be a...

25 by Kristian Vättö on 1/4/2012

Intel Core i7 3820 Review: $285 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge E

If you are a normal desktop user or even a power user with plans to run at over 4GHz, the vanilla LGA-1155 Sandy Bridge platform is good enough. You...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/29/2011

Intel's Atom N2600, N2800 & D2700: Cedar Trail, The Heart of the 2012 Netbook

Netbooks aren't dead, but they're not quite the hip topic of discussion they were a few years ago. The focus on cost conscious computing hasn't changed since the introduction...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/28/2011

Sandy Bridge E & X79 PCIe 3.0: It Works

At the launch of Intel's LGA-2011 based Sandy Bridge E CPU we finally had a platform capable of supporting PCI Express 3.0, but we lacked GPUs to test it...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/22/2011

Intel Shows Off Competitive Medfield x86 Android Power & Performance

You may have seen some Medfield related news today - I thought I'd chime in with some of my thoughts on the topic. As a recap, in 2008 Intel...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2011

Ultrabook Head to Head: Acer Aspire S3 vs. ASUS UX31E

Intel first launched the ultrabook concept back in May of this year, and the initial reaction ranged from cynicism to excitement. On the one end of the spectrum were...

81 by Jarred Walton & Manveer Wasson on 12/21/2011

The New Intel Mobile Division

Intel's haphazard ultra mobile strategy is finally getting some much needed consolidation. We got the first hints of this at IDF where Intel announced a restructuring that would combine...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

In Search of the Elusive 35W Ivy Bridge Quad-Core

Prior to this year's IDF, Intel told its partners that Ivy Bridge would be available in a quad-core mobile variant with a 35W TDP. This was particularly exciting news...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/13/2011

Hard Drive Shortage Hits Intel: Q4'11 Earning Estimates Revised Down By $1B

It has been expected for some time now that the fallout from Thailand’s well publicized flooding and resulting hard drive shortage would have wider ramifications than just impacting the...

26 by Ryan Smith on 12/12/2011

Acer TravelMate 8481T-6873: Remarkable Road Warrior

With all of the noise Intel and some of the OEMs are making about ultrabooks, it's easy to forget that as PC users we've already enjoyed thin-and-light and ultraportable...

52 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/11/2011

Intel Discontinuing Some Clarkdale, Lynnfield, and Sandy Bridge Desktop CPUs

Intel has announced via several Product Change Notifications that it will be discontinuing a total of 19 Clarkdale, Lynnfield, and Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs across sockets 1366, 1156, and...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/9/2011

Holiday 2011 Mainstream High-End Buyer's Guide

After covering the budget and midrange sectors of the DIY PC market, as well as pre-built desktops and laptops, today we have a guide outlining mainstream high-end builds. Saying...

52 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/9/2011

Ivy Bridge Mobile Lineup Overview

It sure didn't take long. Last week, Intel's roadmaps about desktop Ivy Bridge processors were leaked and we posted our Ivy Bridge Desktop Lineup Overview on Saturday. The initial...

39 by Kristian Vättö on 12/7/2011

Intel and Micron (IMFT) Announce World's First 128Gb 20nm MLC NAND

Earlier this year, Intel and Micron's joint NAND manufacturing venture (IMFT) announced it had produced 64Gb (8GB) MLC NAND on a 20nm process. Most IMFT NAND that's used in...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/6/2011

Holiday 2011 Midrange System Buyer's Guide

The latest edition of our Holiday 2011 guides focuses on midrange desktops. If you enjoy the prospect of building your own PC or you just prefer the ability to...

58 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/6/2011

Why Ivy Bridge Is Still Quad-Core

A couple days ago, we published our Ivy Bridge Desktop Lineup Overview in which we mentioned that Ivy Bridge will remain a quad-core solution. There are dozens of forum...

82 by Kristian Vättö on 12/5/2011

Ivy Bridge Desktop Lineup Overview

It's that time of the year. Once again, Intel's roadmaps have been leaked and we get to see what Intel has in store for us in 2012. I find...

99 by Kristian Vättö on 12/3/2011

Holiday 2011 Laptop Buyer’s Guide

We say it every year, but the trends continue so we’ll keep repeating it: laptops and mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular, often at the cost of desktop sales...

87 by Jarred Walton on 12/2/2011

Pre-Built Desktop Buyer's Guide: Holiday 2011 Edition

While we at AnandTech recognize that a good portion of our readership prefers to roll their own as far as desktops go, not everyone is that way. Sometimes there...

42 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2011

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