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ASRock Vision 3D 137B Intel Core i3-370M Mobile Processor Intel HM55 NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M 1 x HDMI Remote Control Barebone

  • Intel Core i3-370M Mobile Processor
  • Intel HM55
  • 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM DDR3 1066
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
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General

Brand
ASRock
Model
Vision 3D 137B
Color
Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core i3-370M Mobile Processor

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel HM55

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1066
Max Memory Supported
8GB

Graphics

Onboard Video
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M

Audio

Channel
7.1 CH HD Audio with THX TruStudio Pro

Communications

Wireless LAN
2T2R 802.11b/g/n
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Extension Bays

2.5" Internal bays
1

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2 x USB 3.0
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Card Reader
4-in-1 Card reader (MMC/SD/MS/MS PRO)

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1 x HDMI
VGA
1 x DVI
Rear USB
5 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
Rear e-SATA Ports
1
RJ45
1
Rear S/PDIF Out
Yes
Rear Audio Ports
5 jacks

Power Supply

Power Supply
90W/19V Adapter

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
7.87" x 7.87" x 2.76"
2.8L Volume

Features

Remote Control
MCE Remote Controller
Features
2x2GB DDR3 1066MHz memory
500GB, 7200 rpm hard drive
BD Combo Slot-in Optical Drive
Bundle software: CyberLink PowerDVD 10 BD 3D OEM Version
NVIDIA 3D Vision Capable
Onboard HDMI 1.4a
NVIDIA 3DTV Play
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 HTPC System
Stylish and High Glossy Aluminum Housing
Support Native Full HD 1080p Playback
Support Dolby True HD & DTS Master Audio, THX TruStudio PRO

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • David T.
  • 9/27/2011 9:00:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!!!

Pros: Very nice build, quiet, lots of newer tech e.g. USB3, eSata port ect.... Dedicated Nvidia GPU with 1GB VRAM

Cons: Some may find it a con, but I didn't realize that this doesn't ship with an OS. So make sure you order one before you get it home to find a blank screen.

Other Thoughts: Installed Win7 64bit runs smooth.

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  • Sean H.
  • 6/19/2011 7:49:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock On!

Pros: This was just what to Dr. ordered for me =) My intent was to play backed-up DVD's on my 46" LCD primarily, also also some casual gaming, browsing, music/picture playing. This little PC handles it all just perfect. I have this setup with a Logitech diNovo Mini wireless keyboard. The included remote comes in very handy for DVD operation as well.

I have not overclocked this yet but the PC includes software that makes this a breeze if it's your thing. I also loved that fact that it was barebone and I didn't have to spend an hour uninstalling bloatware. I just installed a fresh Win7 64-bit and off it went. Included CD had all Drivers I needed. The built in Wireless-N works way better then I expected, it gets better signal and speed then my Linksys USB stick.

The audio quality via HDMI has a quality that surpassed my DVD and Cable DVR by leaps and bounds, the movies really come to life.

Great little PC with a small footprint and quiet performance perfect for my entertainment cente

Cons: none so far, fan gets a little loud when I game on it but that's to be expected with the increased processing required.

Other Thoughts: If you want an HTPC with a small footprint that has some impressive specs (c-mon Dell Zino!) - this is the right pick!

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  • Nicholas K.
  • 3/10/2011 6:20:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdated Review

Pros: Same as before.

Cons: Was able to resolve issues previously stated with waking from sleep. So none.

Other Thoughts: If you have any issues related to standby mode on your media center, I recommend you check out MCE Standby Tool by Slick Solutions. This application resolved all my hanging issues with this HTPC and now it is dialed in perfectly.

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  • Nicholas K.
  • 3/7/2011 8:15:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall Size and Great Performance

Pros: Small size. This PC takes up a fraction of the space of the unit it replaced.
Performance. The Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and speedy Western Digital drive make for a nice Media Center experience.
Spit and Polish. It is very easy on the eyes, kudos to ASRock on this one.
Ports. 5 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0, eSATA, HDMI, DVI, SPDIF, etc.
Built in IR. Works with all standard media center remotes, not to mention the snazzy one they included. And you can sleep/wake the PC with the power button. Nice.
Blu-ray playback. With PowerDVD loaded, Blu-ray playback is faster than most dedicated players I've used. It will bitstream to your fancy receiver.
Overall Performance. Playback for all video formats is nice a smooth. Powerful enough to do gaming at 720P.
Driver disk. Included driver disk contains all the drivers you need to get up and running. Single-click install for everything.

Cons: I have this crazy little wireless mini keyboard/trackpad/laser pointer that's a great HTPC device. For some reason the mouse portion never works after waking from sleep. Replugging the transceiver fixes the issue.
Audio in Windows Media Center doesn't work after waking from sleep, restarting the application fixes the issue. (Might be related to my receiver setup.)

Other Thoughts: Honestly if you're on the fence about this one, just get it. You'll be happy. The PC runs warm, but that's to be expected. Just make sure it has ventilation. The optical drive will make a terrible racket loading the OS as others have mentioned. It's nice and quiet playing DVDs and Blu-rays. If you don't care about expansion and are looking for performance with small size, this is a great choice. Check out Anandtech's review.

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  • Igor Y.
  • 2/10/2011 1:58:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks great on 3rd attempt

Pros: Works great both under Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7.
Bluray looks great on 40" 1080p HDTV.
Netflix, Hulu, 1080p video streamed via NFS or Samba (using wired interface) work great.
Sound does not work via HDMI under Linux out of the box but after some googling I found out how to configure it.
Remote works not only with Windows Media Center but also with XBMC and Boxee both under Linux and Windows.

Cons: 1) Not all USB ports work at boot time (in my third unit, only 1 USB-3 port on the back does not work during the boot but works fine in OS, in the second unit most of USB ports did not work at boot time but worked in OS) ;
2) Not all monitors work at boot time (example: 1920x1200 SUN 24" monitor connected via DVI does not work at boot time but works when the system is booted to either Linux or Windows);
3) When shipped, it might be very poorly packed. I had 3 units: the first came in an open big box; the second one was very well packed in a big box; the third unit came in the original black box without and extra packing at all, the box was in a very poor condition and I was considering to return it without opening but everything turned out to be fine inside.
4) Remote is not very convenient, too small, requires an exact pointing at the unit. I use my Droid Incredible via WiFi instead with RemoteDroid Android client and java server working both under Linux and Windows.

Other Thoughts: I have exchanged 2 units and finally I am very satisfied with my 3rd unit: it has been working great for the last 2-3 weeks.

I exchanged unit #1 because cons 1) and 2) looked like a hardware problem to me and the manufacturer agreed with that. However, it looks like it should be considered (hopefully) a reasonably harmless feature since all 3 units had it. The second unit in addition had real problems: after a week DVD drive stopped working and the system was spending 1-2 minutes in BIOS when booting.

ASRock never seems to answer e-mails but one can talk to them over the phone.

Newegg user Tony reported problems with Cyberlink PowerDVD. I did not notice any problems or any features disabled after using it for a week. Perhaps, Tony installed the trial version of the suite from the first DVD with drivers? I did buy the commercial version of PowerDVD but regret it now: I do not see any difference at all in bluray quality or functionality at first glance.

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  • Igor Y.
  • 1/3/2011 10:49:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsbooting problems

Pros: Specifications look great on paper and exactly what I need. Once the unit boots to OS (I use dual boot to Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7) almost everything works great but ...

Cons: 1) if one connects a 1920x1200 SUN 24" monitor via DVI port, there is no
video output of BIOS screen but after the system boots to an OS (Ubuntu
10.10 or Windows 7) video output works fine;
1a) I tried connecting lower resolution 1680x1050 Dell monitor via DVI
and it worked at BIOS screen time;
1b) I tried connecting 1920x1200 SUN 24" monitor via the supplied
DVI2VGA adapter (the monitor has both DVI and VGA inputs) and it worked
at BIOS screen time;

2) if one connects 1080p 40" Sony Bravia HDTV via HDMI port, there is a
video output of BIOS screen but the USB keyboard does not work during
BIOS screen and does not allow to change BIOS setting or to choose an OS
from a grub prompt (my system is configured as dual boot Ubuntu 10.10
and Windows 7 machine); again after the system boots to an OS, keyboard
works fine;
2a) later I discovered that there is one USB port where keyboard
actually works at BIOS screen time but most other (if not all) USB ports
do not work at boot

Other Thoughts: 3) sometimes booting process gets stuck (this always happened at a
particular BIOS screen with guys watching soccer); the ball flies over
and over again; sometimes I managed to press tab and see text output
that seems to indicate that booting is stuck at processing the second
SATA device; sometimes it eventually succeeds and boots. Most of the
time this is not a problem and booting happens very fast, especially
into Linux.

Using method 1b) I installed OSes. Once the system is booted into either
OS, I do not see any Video or USB problems so far.

I reported 1) and 2) to the manufacturer and was told that this is definitely a hardware problem and I should exchange the unit immediately. But the second unit has exactly the same problems. So it looks like the whole shipment to Newegg might be affected.

It could be bad hardware, buggy BIOS, or incorrect default BIOS settings.

Also so far I could not figure out how to make sound work via HDMI under Linux but it works fine un

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  • Guy Z.
  • 12/27/2010 7:04:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HTPC

Pros: Small, very quite, looks good and very fast. Can quickly surf the net or play small games (Bejeweled 3, Shank) smoothly. The wireless-n works great.

Cons: Does not include an HDMI cable.
Gets a bit warm after a while.
Cannot use Nvidia video drivers - must d/l special drivers from ASRock.(Should include an automatic update utility)

Other Thoughts: Found out that that Microsoft's remote control driver causes the Guitar Hero World Tour to crash when a guitar is connected to the USB.(Need to uninstall the driver first - but it automatically reninstall aftewards)

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/19/2010 5:18:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat things come in small packages

Pros: This amazingly small form factor PC is a multimedia powerhouse.
- Quiet
- Generous connectivity options
- Great usability features (remote, LED control during sleep, etc.)

Cons: The support cd was done well - giving you the option to install drivers individually or en masse. However it did not properly label the nVidia video drivers. Later found them in MXM folder.

Other Thoughts: Would have liked to have seen more support options for other apps (e.g. remote support for VLC media player). Can't wait to see ASRock's follow-up to this model.

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  • William W.
  • 12/16/2010 9:53:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEverything I expected it to be

Pros: Quiet, small, fast, lots of ports, low power usage

Cons: OS not pre-loaded, Blu-Ray drive can be noisy when loading software from it, pricey, driver installation also loads some bloatware (SmartView/Zynga, Norton)

Other Thoughts: This is my first dedicated HTPC. Its everything I hoped for. I put Windows 7 pro 64 bit on it and have a Bluetooth mouse and a DiNovo Mini keyboard. Media Center, Boxee, Hulu all work great. Blu-Ray plays great. I'm still learning about what I can do with it including streaming music to my Droid X via Orb. It's as good as all the reviews say.

Maybe I will get the SiliconDust cablecard tuner when it comes out.

Newegg shipped it in its original box without any additional padding. Luckily it came undamaged.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/13/2010 10:50:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAsrock Rocks!

Pros: 1. Installed W7 Pro 64-bit OS on the machine. Bootup is fast and efficient
2. The BD playback via PowerDVD 10 is fantastic, both in audio and video, better than PS3. I have a Denon AVR-2809Ci AV receiver and a 50-inch Panasonic Pro plasma monitor.

Cons: These cons are subjective though nice not to have the shortcomings:
1. The top and back panels are made of plastic not brushed aluminum.
2. The top panel is not flat rather concaved-in. This reduces the room inside the case for addition of a second 2.5" hard drive. Also, there is no RAID option in the BIOS.
3. The BD player makes noise during driver or software installation but quite during movie playback.
The Logitech Remote software does not recognize the Asrock remote controller. I only managed to program some basic raw commands (i.e., on-off) to my Harmony 880 universal remote. So I use the 880 to turn on the devices but I have to use the Asrock remote to control the playback or the volume.

Other Thoughts: -The case got warm to touch after one hour of Avatar BD playback.
-The remote worked on pausing the BD playback thru PowerDVD 10 however there was a pause (one second) when you push play again.
- The Asrock Driver disk "Install All" option installs all the drivers including Norton Internet Security 60-day trial. Suggest installing each diver individually and restart the computer at the end of installation of all drivers.
- I have not yet set up the Microsoft MC or used the Asrock utilities. That would be the next tasks.

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