TechSpot: Asrock CoreHT 252B HTPC Review

Asrock had a hectic showing during this year's Taipei Computex, armed to the teeth with various new products including motherboards based on newfangled chipsets such as the Intel Z68 and AMD 990FX. Despite showcasing a bevy of boards, our interest was piqued by the latest entry in the company's long line of mini PCs.

Having crowned Asrock's Vision 3D the ultimate small form factor computer last year, we looked forward to what the company would deliver next. More than six months later, we now have the CoreHT Series, which promises to be the most powerful yet as it adopts the latest Sandy Bridge mobile processors.

The CoreHT Series includes three models that mostly vary based on the processor and the optical drive. The flagship model we are testing today is known as the 252B and it sports the Core i5 2520M along with a Blu-ray drive. The 231B gets a slower Core i3 2310M but keeps the Blu-ray drive, while the 231D is outfitted with the 2310M and a DVD drive.

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Come on, for YEARS there have been coloured audio ports to indicate sound out or line in, why do they have to go back to the standard silver ones? Yes they're stronger and nicer but they're also much harder to see which port is which, especially in a darkened HTPC room!