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ASRock ION330-HT Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) NVIDIA ION NVIDIA ION graphics 1 x HDMI Remote Control Barebone (OS NOT Included)

  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 320GB 2.5" HDD
  • DVD Super Multi
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General

Brand
ASRock
Model
ION330-HT
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

Wireless LAN
802.11b/g/n
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
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

Remote Control
MCE Remote Controller
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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  • John C.
  • 10/2/2010 9:06:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Product Bad Service

Pros: I liked the product alot for the little while it worked. I didnt test it a whole lot

Cons: Newegg service- I had alot of trouble getting newegg to refund me for the faulty product. I lost a fair amount over return fees.

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  • Thomas A.
  • 9/29/2010 8:27:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat starter HTPC - but thats it...

Pros: Small/compact
OOB, can support 1080p video
Remote works with little effort (if you are using Windows, linux...good luck)
Very Energy efficient

Cons: The configuration of this box makes it hard to make modifications. Adding the other 2.5" sata internal HD was a hassle, there is no room in this box. The fans and heatsinks don't adequately cool. The way the heatsinks are set up make replacing the fans a hassle, the heatsinks are bad quality. The fans are also loud as well. There was a huge design flaw with using metal fan screws on a metal heatsink, this makes the unit louder than I would normally like.

Occasionally, a HD cable will come in contact with the case fan and I have to open it up to fix it.

I had problems getting the remote to work with ubuntu and ended up getting windows 7...

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product if you dont mind fan noise and dont plan on making any modifications to the original configuration. I feel if this box was designed flatter/ wider there would be more room for dual fans and more room for an additional internal HD.

I couldnt get the bright blue light to turn off in the front- so I used a small piece of electrical tape.

After owning this product for about 6 months - I believe I am going to end up building another HTPC from scratch.

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  • Jim P.
  • 5/31/2010 8:15:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: Quiet, cool, tiny, smooth as glass 1080P H.264, VC1, and MPEG. HDMI 5.1 sound. Can be overclocked. Came complete ready to roll sans OS. Hasn't been opened ever and it's over a year old.

Cons: No USB ports on the front. Blue LED is bright in front.

Other Thoughts: I run XBMC on a full Ubuntu desktop and some other services. Using the VDPAU acceleration my CPU usage seldom climbs higher than 15% while watching movies. Compiling XBMC takes time but if you stick to the LiveCD versions this isn't an issue. The price seems a little high but remember this is a COMPLETE system with HDD, optical, and memory. First box I've not had to crack open to swap parts around in for as long as I can remember. This is a perfect XBMC box, especially since this model comes with an MCE remote.

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  • Karan S.
  • 4/24/2010 1:58:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsToo slow for Hulu, Media Center and HD

Pros: - Relatively Quiet
- Digital Audio
- HDMI
- Small Form Factor

Cons: - Far too slow for watching HD Content
- It can't even handle Hulu content without choking

Other Thoughts: Don't waste your money.

I regret buying this PC and wish I had just spent another $50 and gotten a PC with a bit more horsepower.

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  • David M.
  • 4/13/2010 5:20:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat concept; LOUSY product with no support.

Pros: Compact Design
Plays 1080p content
Glossy black finish

Cons: Cheap construction
Poor QC
Non-existent technical support

Other Thoughts: I wanted to build an HTPC that didn't take up a lot of room on my TV stand, and this item seemed to fit the bill nicely. What more could I have asked for?

Well, how about a PC that would work for more than a month! Purchased on Feb 05th, received on Feb 10th, built on Feb 12th, and on March 07th the SPDIF optical output stopped working. Asrock tech support was PITIFUL, to say the least. Got ONE email reply from a “technician”, whose diagnosis and repair suggestions had nothing to do with the problem. I wrote back and let him know that he had misunderstood what was wrong with the PC, haven't heard from the guy since. Way to go, Asrock.

Newegg claims that I was past the 30-day return limit, but at worst, it would have been 31 days past the purchase (not receipt) date when the problem became evident. Pretty nitpicky. Guess Newegg can’t take care of EVERY customer.

I will NEVER purchase another Asrock / ASUS product again. Gigabyte looks like a winner for my next HTPC build.

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  • Donald D.
  • 3/29/2010 9:16:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect companion for XBMC

Pros: XBMC/linux supports this hardware.

The onboard Nvidia GPU supports VDPAU acceleration, so XBMC will play back any media flawlessly, even 1080p blu-ray rips, despite the ION's 1.6GHz CPU being too slow to handle it alone. My CPU use during 1080p playback is around 20% per core across 4 cores. Memory use is under 500MB.

The remote is fully supported out of the box (lirc has a profile for it) so even the windows media buttons are remapped to useful functions.

There are detailed installation instructions (and some scripts) on the XBMC forums for this model. Easy googling.

This system interfaces well with my Onkyo receiver. If you see some artifacts during playback, ensure that both your receiver and television are NOT doing any pre/post-processing on the HDMI signal - just pass it straight through to the display.

This system also runs emulators well.

Recommended for use with XBMC - I bought one around christmas to prototype, and am satisfied enough to be buying a second u

Cons: The remote has trouble powering on this unit (awaiting a BIOS update from Asrock to address this issue). Workaround is to use suspend/resume instead.

Specific linux versions are required (Ubuntu Karmic, no newer) for now since the onboard IR receiver drivers provided by Asrock only support the specific linux kernel that shipped with Karmic. The IR vendor has not yet provided source code. If you want to avoid this problem, just pick up a $20 USB IR receiver and don't use the onboard one, and you'll be free to use any linux distro/kernel. This is all in the forums.

In quiet environments the fan can be a bit whiny/noticeable. Almost any aftermarket 50mm fan with rubber grommets/mounts can easily be installed to replace the original fan.

The installed CD/DVD/BR drives are of the ultra-thin laptop variety. This isn't a con per se, just something to be aware of.

There's not a lot of room inside to mod this system - if you want to mod hardware you're better off rolling your own.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a portable media center, pick up any USB hard drive docks and some large disks. It's trivial to configure ubuntu and xbmc to detect drives. Wireless makes remote ssh/admin a snap.

Be SURE to enable cputemp/gputemp in Linux and XBMC to keep an eye on the heat levels.

There is a Gnome login profile which comes with the official ubuntu XBMC builds that can be set to auto-login, and it launches no shell/desktop, just XBMC. This provides a seamless boot-into-XBMC experience similar to what one would expect from an embedded system or on the original Xbox after modding. YMMV with other linux distros - Ubuntu is the only one that is officially supported at this time (team-xbmc has their own ppa).

I attempted a Win7/XBMC build, but it was nowhere near as seamless and setting up remotes to use anything but Windows Media Center is a nightmare. Playback was choppy with audio sync issues (no VDPAU, though that is coming soon.) NOT recommended for XBMC on Windows buil

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  • Tyler P.
  • 3/23/2010 5:10:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat ION platform media center

Pros: Works excellently with Windows 7 and Media Center. Streams media well from my home server, great combination with HDHomerun. RAID features are nice. Easy overclocking. I presently have no issues with hardware or otherwise. Able to use Boxee, Hulu, and Netflix with no issues.
It seems like a good community is running XBMC on these also which is always good.

Cons: Before installing Windows 7, I tried to use a copy of Vista Ultimate for my OS and had issues that immediately went away with my 7 install. The IR receiver would cease functioning after some period of time forcing me to find a USB keyboard and mouse to manually reboot the system which would then make the remote work again for a little while longer. This occurred the entire three weeks that I was running Vista. Tech support from ASRock suggested to return the unit but not seeing any other forum posts with this issue, I thought the OS might have something to do with this issue, and was seemingly correct. Unless you wish to purchase a USB IR receiver and remote kit, do not run Vista on this for a media center. It is possible that a later driver release will help, I was using this version of the CIR driver: 20091015.

Other Thoughts: I spent quite a while looking at several of these small nettop systems with the ION GPU and comparing cost and features of buying prebuilt versus building, and settled on this little box because of just how neat a package it provides. Everything I was wanting, with the exception of an internal PCIe slot for a tuner, this box provides. Now, I'm guessing that I am better off with the HDHomerun than a tuner card because of how little it taxes the system to record. It would be nice of Newegg to carry the alternative SKU with Win7 preinstalled though.

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  • Tom R.
  • 3/16/2010 6:18:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHTPC + Boxee = Love

Pros: Very easy to use. Nice and quiet. Runs cool. Streams 1080p flawlessly and plays hulu content smoothly. Windows 7 Pro installed with 0 issues. Boxee runs real smooth.

Cons: Would like a USB port in the front of the box. The range of the IR doesn't seem to be good. Seems like you need to be in direct line of sight for it to work.

Other Thoughts: Remember that once you have the OS installed on it, go to the Asrock site and download the updated drivers for this box. Will definately be purchasing another one of these.

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  • Bobby S.
  • 3/8/2010 11:49:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHTPC heaven

Pros: Quiet
Small
Huge feature set
Optical Out - works great with my Onkyo receiver
LED "Good Night" feature
Runs very cool
Built-in IR receiver - works grea with my Harmony 670
Blu-ray and h.264 (AVC) 1080p video is a breeze
Overall the machine with Vista Home Prem is very "snappy"
On and Off with the remote works well (after some Vista tweaking)

Cons: Price - I would have liked and OEM copy of win7 to come with it for the money paid ($419).
I would have liked at least one usb extension cable bundled since there are no usb ports on the front (I love the clean front btw). Once installed in a cabinet, getting to the back for thumb drive hook up is a pain in the ace. Small issue with my very old Linksys router. Vista kept reporting that no cable was plugged in and the machine would lose link. The wall connection and cable checked out to be good. I moved the connection to a new router and I haven't had that problem again. My guess is old buggy firmware on the Linksyswas causing the conflict.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am EXTREMELY happy with the performance of the hardware as a HTPC/DVD player. I only wish that you could have somehow gotten an OS for the same price. But if the price of an OS is what I have to pay for hardware that simply works, I'm fine with that. So far, it was money well spent.

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  • Daniel G.
  • 2/17/2010 9:47:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MythTV Box

Pros: Nice combination of features to make a DVR with.

Cons: Would be nice if BIOS allowed booting from USB

Other Thoughts: I am running this box with Ubuntu 9.10 (64 bit). From that MythTV was easy to download and get running. With a bit of Googling I was able to get the audio over HDMI working and the remote working with MythTV. I haven't tried the wireless networking yet. I combined this with the SiliconDust HDHomerun dual tuner and the HD video streams very well using the hardware video acceleration (I'm streaming 1080i content from over the air broadcasts). Seems this unit has enough horsepower to run both the front-end and back-end for MythTV. Any questions getting this thing setup with the hardware/software I mentioned, feel free to contact me - dan.gass at gmail. BTW I have not yet tried using the wireless.

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