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ASRock ION 330

ASRock ION 330
alaScore 85

126 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ASRock ION 330 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 126 reviews)

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ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop Review

 

Where netbooks go, their deskbound nettop brethren eventually follow, and as NVIDIA's Ion GPU has made its impact on the graphics capabilities of budget ultraportables, so it has its sights set on compact desktops too. ASRock and NVIDIA worked together...

NVIDIA’s Ion chipset turns the humble Atom nettop into a versatile, surprisingly capable PC that overcomes the limitations of today’s small form factor systems. The ASRock ION 330-BD isn’t for power users, certainly, but if you’re looking for a quiet,...

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Asrock ION 330

 

The Asrock ION 330 is based on nVidia's ION platform. This comprises a Pico-ITXe motherboard that features nVidia's GeForce 9400M GPU, either DDR3 1066 or DDR2 800 memory and a variant of Intel's Atom processor

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ASRock Nettop ION 330-BD - HardwareZone.com

 

There's no denying that NVIDIA's Ion platform is a capable performer where HD video decoding is concerned. ASRock is the latest vendor to pick up on the Ion with their Nettop ION 330-BD. Armed with a dual-core Atom 330 processor and a Blu-ray drive, it...

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Good Product Bad Service

 

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

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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Great starter HTPC - but thats it...

 

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...

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

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...

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Excellent Media Center box

 

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.

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...

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

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Awesome HTPC

 

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...

Solid build, nice specs, extremely easy overclocking

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

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Solid with some tweaks

 

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!

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

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

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Too slow for Hulu, Media Center and HD

 

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.

Relatively Quiet ; Digital Audio ; HDMI ; Small Form Factor

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

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Works GREAT

 

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...

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...

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...

Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control:No / Yes
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Card Reader: No
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:DOS / Windows Vista Home Premium
Product Type:Micro
RAM Type:DDR2 SDRAM
Type:Micro PC / NETTOP

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce 9400M / ION
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:OnBoard Graphic

Processor

Chipset Brand:nVidia / Unknown
Chipset Type:ION / MCP7A / Unknown
Hyper Threading: Yes
Processor:ATOM
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:330
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