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ASRock ION330 PRO/BLACK Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) NVIDIA ION NVIDIA ION graphics 1 x HDMI Barebone (OS NOT Included)

  • Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core)
  • NVIDIA ION
  • 2 x 200Pin SO-DIMM DDR2 800
  • NVIDIA ION graphics
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General

Brand
ASRock
Model
ION330 PRO/BLACK
Color
Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core)

Chipset

North Bridge
NVIDIA ION

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 200Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR2 800
Max Memory Supported
4GB

Storage

Serial ATA
2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

Graphics

Onboard Video
NVIDIA ION graphics

Audio

Channel
7.1 Ch HD Audio with DTS

Communications

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1 x HDMI
VGA
1 x D-Sub
Rear USB
6
Rear e-SATA Ports
1 x Powered eSATA/USB
RJ45
1
Rear S/PDIF Out
Yes
Rear Audio Ports
5 jacks

Power Supply

Power Supply
65W/19V Adapter

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
7.68"W x 2.76"H x 7.32"L
Volume (liters): 2.5L
Weight
3.75 lbs.

Features

Features
OS NOT Included

NVIDIA ION Graphics, support DX10 / Full HD 1080p playback

320GB 2.5" HDD, capable to support RAID 0, 1 by adopting the 2nd 2.5" HDD

2GB (2x1GB) memory

DVD Super Multi

Microsoft Windows 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista / Vista 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant

EuP 2.0 Ready

Energy Star 5.0 Level

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 9/9/2010 7:52:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Media Center box

Pros: Tiny, attractive, quiet, full-featured, fast.

Audio ports are excellent: 3x1/8" for surround or optical spdif or hdmi with audio included. Video supports vga/dvi/hdmi.

Very easy to integrate with whatever setup you have.

This is a great platform for XBMC Live, Windows7 Media Center or even Windows Home Server.

Cons: Fans are quiet, but they are audible. Since they are small, they are a higher pitch than larger systems, may be more perceptible to some than others. Hard drive could be faster, but that's to be expected from 5400rpm.

Other Thoughts: I used this to replace an old P4. Compared to a P4, this thing FLIES. 720p video playback uses <15% cpu (graphics is offloaded to ion chip). Did not use drive disc, downloaded nforce package from nvidia; that was all I needed.

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  • Dan H.
  • 6/17/2010 12:21:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome HTPC

Pros: Solid build, nice specs, extremely easy overclocking.

Cons: The only thing I can think of, is that the DVD drive doesn't pop all the way out, its more like a laptop drive, but its no big issue.

Other Thoughts: Some one else said it could use rubber feet, but it came with a little rubber circle to sit on that keeps it from sliding. Another review said that the LED was annoying, but there is a BIOS switch called "goodnight LED" which is really nice.

Running Boxee on Ubuntu 10.04 without issue, the drivers Ubuntu suggests support VDPAU. Flash videos were a little jerky until I overclocked it, that extra 400 Mhz made a big differece. Overall a great HTPC.

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  • Kristofer T.
  • 6/1/2010 10:02:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsKILLER htpc with some configuration

Pros: - If you know what you are doing, this thing makes for a GREAT htpc. (see other thoughts for my setup)
- Quiet
- Quick bootup/hibernate
- TINY!

Cons: Absolutely none. If i had to REALLY nitpick, i would say that some rubber feet would be nice! I had to add my own to make sure it didn't get scratched : )

Other Thoughts: I am running XBMC on Ubuntu 9.10, and utilizing the VDPAU library to offload video decoding onto the GPU. This thing absolutely SCREAMS with this configuration. I am still running the stock 1.6ghz speed, but i can play the 1080p killasample (40mbit/sec) without dropping a SINGLE frame. I only mention the bitrate because other reviewers just say '1080p', but that information is USELESS unless we talk bitrates!

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  • Allan C.
  • 4/25/2010 3:07:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid with some tweaks

Pros: Able to do anything I want it to do:

Play 1080p videos
Play Hi Res Streaming (1080p Youtube, Vimeo)
Run some games (Sam & Max, Monkey Island)
Easy to overclock.

Cons: Had to overclock to 2.1ghz to be able to solidly play 1080p youtube and vimeo HD videos, but that's what makes the BIOS options so awesome.

Other Thoughts: I didn't think I'd need an onboard wireless card but after the fact I realized that I do need one... so I'd imagine that that would be a pretty big factor in getting the HT model...

Otherwise this is a solid PC for any light user!

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  • Jim P.
  • 4/15/2010 8:55:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks GREAT

Pros: DOES accelerate video with Linux using VDPAU and can output 5.1 sound via the HDMI port as well. I use this with XBMC on HIGH bitrate 1080p videos and it works extremely well. Can be overclocked to over 2GHZ without issue. With Hyperthreading it can compile using 4threads at once but can no way compare to say a C2D at the same speed. Drive and memory size are fine for Linux, have yet to crack open the case, has been no need.

Cons: A tiny bit noisier than I'd like but I use a higher speed cooling profile to keep the overclocked CPU cool. Overall the perfect XBMC box but I wish it had a USB connector in the front too. Front power LED is a bit bright - blue though which is nice but not a deep blue. An onboard IRDA would be cool and they do offer one in another model but I'm using a $20 MCE clone easily.

Other Thoughts: A little cheaper would be nice but for a HTPC it's the perfect size and can play my highest bitrate 1080 video without stutter. there's even an XBMC distro designed for the ION boards and a great deal of support in the forums just for this specific hardware. Not sure it could encode video fast but as a pure playback device it rocks. I expect to use it for a good long time to come!

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  • Rajiv G.
  • 3/31/2010 8:13:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSmall and Quiet

Pros: 1. Small foot print.
2. Quiet but not silent.
3. Playing high resolution videos or online streaming is very smooth.
4. Many USB port.
5. Power usage is much lesser than my shuttle XPC.

Cons: HDD is 2.5"

Other Thoughts: 1. Windows 7 with drivers and Windows only server works best on this computer.
2. Linux works fine, but cannot take advantage of hardware acceleration for playing 1080p videos
3. I did not tweak the CPU speed as I noticed that a slight increase of CPU speed increases the CPU temperature and Fan noise. Without acceleration the CPU runs @ 60 Deg C, which is a lot, but acceptable.

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  • Stefan F.
  • 2/24/2010 9:03:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT HTPC

Pros: I use this unit as a HTPC hooked up in my family room. I use it to stream DVD's burned to a computer in my office with a TB HD. It has gig LAN so I have no problems streaming the movies as my router and server pc are also both 10/100/1000. Duel core cpu allows 64bit os, and can be oc'd very easy (I oc's my to 1.8 but don't think it's even needed as the cpu usage never reaches even 80% when I've done multiple things at once). Multiple rear usb ports. 1080p HDMI out looks great on my 60" Sony. This unit has plenty of HD space unless you plan on storing a lot of video on it. Can't stress how important this is... this thing is SILENT!!! another nice feature is you can turn off the blue power button/light in the bios very easy. This thing just works and could sell for more $ imo. Infact, there are similer products that don't have these specs for near the same price. There is one out there with a pretty Apple on it that is several hundred dollars more.

Cons: None that i didn't know going in by READING the specs! Front USB ports would be nice though lol.

Other Thoughts: If your using this as a HTPC, need a remote, and have a iPhone or iPod Touch check out the app "Air Mouse" ($2-3 I think??). Has a keyboard, mouse (like on a laptop), and has specific controls for Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and some others. This app works over WiFi so distance and line of sight don't matter.

If you decide to buy I would try it out before you upgrade the ram. I was going to buy2x2gb sticks when I ordered it because I thought the 2gb it came with would not be sufficient, but I was wrong (at least for what I use it for)

I honestly would recomend this to anyone! I may even get another for my Kitchen in the future.

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  • PHILLIP S.
  • 2/18/2010 6:28:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASROCK ROCKS

Pros: Does what it say very well. Love the small size. Easy to take with like a notebook. Ordered a 2nd one with the HT remote, Wifi and Blue-Ray drive. For the money you can't beat the price. Also got a $25 rebate coming!

Cons: Didn't catch the change to 200pin DDR2 ram.

Other Thoughts: Had to re-format the drive to lose the partition. Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. You'll need to load the latest Nvidia Motherboard and Graphic drivers from their site or you might have some HDMI problems. Nvidia has a program for each to determine which is best! The Ram comes as two 1GB, so upgrading to 4GB will requiring disgarding the 1GB's for two 2GB (Doesn't Need 4GB to work Great). Could alway use a USB and 1-4 Flash card slot in front. And no, I can't spell.

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  • Gene A.
  • 1/30/2010 8:04:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Home Server

Pros: Great machine for Home Server, Linux Server, or HTPC. Can stutter a bit playing 1080p content but its not. And overall for the price it is a great buy.

Cons: Didn't buy it at Newegg. Got it $30 cheaper at M****Center.

Other Thoughts: Have 2. Built 1 for my mother as a Home Server. Have one running as at home as a HTPC with files stored on another system. And I built another for the office to be a Linux FTP Server.

I don't know why someone cons a system that was pre-built unless its defective. And why complain about no OS? If he meant Windows, well that's over $200 itself. And kinda expensive? Don't make me laugh. The cheapest parts to build this yourself *THAT IS THE SAME*, is over 400 just for the parts and NO OS. Then you have to assemble it and hope its right.

Come On. Don't give cons for something like No OS or Expensive if you cant build it cheaper!

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  • Brett Z.
  • 1/28/2010 8:55:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis Box Rocks

Pros: Looks nice. Probably one of the nicest Atom based Nettops out there. Well constructed, and the bios allows tweaking and OC. Very quiet (run running stock speeds). Using it as an HTPC running Windows 7 Pro. Replaced the Lite-on DS-8A3S slim-DVD with a LG CT10N Slim SATA Blu-Ray Combo Drive, and it plays Blu-Ray discs (using Arcsoft Total Media) without a hiccup.

Cons: No Wi-Fi (didn't need it). No front mounted USB port. No O/S included. No keyboard or mouse. Kind of expensive.

Other Thoughts: The manual for this model shows 240-pin memory slots on the motherboard diagram, but this ION330Pro model uses DDR2 800Mhz 200 pin SO-DIMM memory modules. If you are buying one of these ASRock ION boxes, make sure to double check the memory before you order, since the type of memory modules apparently vary from model to model

Internal temperatures are a bit lower than the Acer AR3610 it replaced, but still much higher than I'm used to seeing in a laptop or desktop.

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