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ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC Review




Using iTunes, a 564MB uncompressed WAV file will be compressed to a 160Kbps MP3. The time it takes for this conversion to complete is recorded in seconds. Lower conversion time is better.








An 826MB ZIP file is decompressed and the time it takes for the decompression to complete is recorded in seconds. Lower decompression time is better.

Video LAN:

CPU utilisation during 1080p MPEG playback is recorded in %. Lower processor utilisation is better.

Obviously Sandy Bridge blows away any Atom offering, and so I'm not surprised at these results, but, I am surprised at the small space all the gear for ASRock's i5 HTPC fits into. The CoreHT-252B only falls behind the comparison Atom setup during movie playback if it is set to be taken care of by the GPU. Such is an nVidia ION setup, though, it still loses if only the Atom takes care of it. ASRock is off to a great start.

  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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