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.

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34 by Jarred Walton on 10/21/2013

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151 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2013

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20 by Jarred Walton on 10/17/2013

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105 by Jarred Walton on 10/16/2013

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12 by Ganesh T S on 10/14/2013

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55 by Jarred Walton on 10/11/2013

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23 by Ian Cutress on 10/11/2013

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30 by Jarred Walton on 10/10/2013

Valve Releases Specs for Prototype Steam Machine

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99 by Jarred Walton on 10/4/2013

Dell Updates 2013 Line of XPS Laptops with Ultra-High Resolution Displays

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81 by Jarred Walton on 10/3/2013

Dell Updates Venue Line of Tablets

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51 by Jarred Walton on 10/3/2013

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137 by Ian Cutress on 10/3/2013

Intel Announces Galileo: Quark Based Arduino Compatible Developer Board

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42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/3/2013

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62 by Jarred Walton on 10/1/2013

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13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/19/2013

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72 by Johan De Gelas on 9/17/2013

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4 by Ian Cutress on 9/13/2013

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9 by Ian Cutress on 9/12/2013

The AnandTech Mobile Show, Live from IDF 2013 [video] Updated: Now high-res

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24 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

A Closer Look at Broadwell & its New Small Form Factor Package

First, a quick recap. There are four different Haswell versions: D, M, ULT and ULX. D is for desktop, M is for mobile, ULT is for Ultrabooks and ULX...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2013

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