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ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC Review



CPU Intel Core i5 2520m
Socket G2 998B-PGA
Operating System None included - Windows 7/Vista/XP Compliant
Motherboard ASRock HM65-HT
CPU Socket Socket G2 998B-PGA
Support for 32nm Sandy Bridge mobile processors (i3/i5/i7)
Chipset Intel HM65 Express
Memory ASint 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3-1333
Support for up to 16GB DDR3-1600 in 2x SODIMM slots
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Western Digital 500GB Scorpio Black (7200RPM SATA 3.0Gbps)
Lite-ON DS-4E1S Blu-ray (2x)/DVDRW (8x) combo drive (SATA)
Storage Expansion 3x SATA 3.0Gbps (Two in use)
Front I/O
2x USB 3.0
Rear I/O
HDMI 4.1a
2x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0
Realtek 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Atheros AR9287 miniPCIe 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless (2T2R)
Realtek ALC892 7.1 Channel HD audio with THX TruStudio Pro
MCE Remote Control
Power Adapter
95 Watt/19 Volt Power Brick



  • Intel Mobile Sandy Bridge Processors: Intel Sandy Bridge features in its first architecture that both the GPU and the CPU can be located on the same silicone die, sharing on-chip cache memory, and hence lowers power consumption but enhance performance at the same time.
  • Blu-ray Disc S3D (Stereoscopic 3D): CoreHT HTPC Series support Blu-ray disc S3D playback, supporting interpreting S3D content through HDMI 1.4a.
  • Bitstream: Supports Bitstream / audio pass through (Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master audio).
  • Intel HD Graphics: Intel HD Graphics is built into the processor and delivers superior mainstream gaming and 3D experiences – without the need for a discrete graphics card.
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0: USB 3.0 data transfer speed is 10X faster than USB 2.0 with the optimized power efficiency. USB 3.0 promises a major leap forward in transfer speed and capacity.
  • XFast USB: Enjoy the world's fastest USB transfer speed. The XFast USB tool can possibly double USB 3.0 transfer speed, hence, users can be assured to make more things done with less time.
  • THX TruStudio PRO: CoreHT HTPC Series use sophisticated audio processing technology to deliver a 7.1 CH surround sound with THX TruStudio PRO™, so you can be sure to hear the best sound quality.
  • On/Off Play Technology: Even when the system is powered off (in ACPI S5 mode), On/Off Play Technology still allows users to enjoy the great audio experience from the portable audio devices through the PC speaker.
  • BD Combo: Designed with BD Combo, CoreHT HTPC Series allow you to enjoy the dazzling audio and visual experience with Blu-ray discs.
  • 2T2R WiFi 802.11b/g/n: Optimized for maximum broadband network, the 2T2R CoreHT HTPC Series support max link rate up to 300Mbps and delivers up to 2X faster speed than 1T1R.
  • MCE Remote Controller: Simply control your digital programs by MCE Remote Controller.


Information courtesy of ASRock available online at http://www.asrock.com/nettop/overview.asp?Model=CoreHT%20Series

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Closer Look (BIOS)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup
  6. Testing: iTunes, WinZip, VLC
  7. Testing: Apophysis, Geekbench, Bibble 5, PCMark 7
  8. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  9. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  10. Extras: General Usage, Blu-ray Playback & Gaming, Temperatures
  11. Conclusion
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