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13 reviews

Mar, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of ASRock COREHT-252B/B. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative reviews about the price.

usability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ASRock COREHT-252B/B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of ASRock COREHT-252B/B from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on People really like the usability, but many are negative about the price.



100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ASRock CoreHT 252B-4G50/B Mini PC (Intel Core i5 2520M Processor, 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, HDMI, Blu-Ray Combo, THX TruStudio PRO) - BlackASRock CoreHT 252B-4G50/B Mini PC (Intel Core i5 2520M Processor, 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, HDMI, Blu-Ray Combo, THX TruStudio PRO) - Black

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Ganesh T S (

ASRock CoreHT 252B Review


The small form factor (SFF) HTPC market has been steadily growing over the last few years. As mobile processors become more and more powerful, it is becoming easier for users to be satisfied with their performance even in desktop configurations. The...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : TechSpot (techspot)

Asrock CoreHT 252B HTPC Review


Despite dominating the CPU-oriented charts, the CoreHT 252B wasn't exactly unstoppable. If you intend to use this HTPC for a casual solution to PC gaming, you'll probably want to look elsewhere as the Intel HD Graphics 3000 engine just doesn't cut it....

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Overclockers Club (

ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC


Very compact, Excellent included hardware and features, Top-notch performance, Very upgradable

OS not included, Excessive heat, Possibly rather pricey

Should you buy it? The answer depends on what your needs are. If you need something to act simply as a playback station, I might suggest looking elsewhere. An Atom or even a lower-end Intel Core series HTPC, of which ASRock offers several, would suit...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Cameron Wilmot (

ASRock CoreHT 252B Sandy Bridge HTPC Review


ASRock is out with yet another home theatre PC and this time it is powered by a mobile Core i5 processor for a big boost in performance.

Jul, 2011


Expert review by : nVidia_Freak (

ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC Review


Petite and stylish are two things that pre-built system manufacturers are attempting to capture with system builds today. Not only are more people interested in computers every day, but many of the people interested in computers don't need them for...

Very compact ; Excellent included hardware and features ; Top-notch performance ; Very upgradable

OS not included ; Excessive heat ; Possibly rather pricey

Should you buy it? The answer depends on what your needs are. If you need something to act simply as a playback station, I might suggest looking elsewhere. An Atom or even a lower-end Intel Core series HTPC, of which ASRock offers several, would suit...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Adam Oxford (

ASRock CoreHT 252B review


A compact HTPC with built-in Blu-ray, but does it justify the price?

Small ; Silent ; Blu-ray player built-in ; Good expandability options ; Intel Core i5 processor

Pricey ; Heats up easily ; Missing Blu-ray playback software ; No IR receiver ; Windows not included in price

Is ASRock's all-in-one Home Theatre PC (HTPC), the CoreHT 252B-4G50/B, the perfect living room companion to sit by your TV?

Jul, 2011

Consumer review (

Slick HTPC/Server


My main concern is long-term reliability. I'm using this PC as an occasional HTPC and primarily as a server, meaning it stays on 24/7. Laptops generally aren't designed for that, so I'm hoping the hardware will hold up. My 252B idles a little higher...

I have only owned this PC for about a week, but it has met all of my expectations so far. I upgraded the RAM to 8GB and installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit without any issues. It boots fast and runs great. It's fairly quiet too -- almost inaudible when...

I can't think of any real cons, but here are some things that would have been nice ; I ordered mine with an 8GB RAM kit; it would've been nice if there was a model that shipped without RAM and perhaps a hard drive so users could choose their own ;...

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications


Chassis type:Small Desktop
Color of product:Black


Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Internal modem: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista / Vista 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Mac compatibility: No
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:19V DC; 90W adapter

Packaging Content

Display included: No
Handheld remote control: Yes


Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:HDA
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Product type:Mini PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:5
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):25
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.5
Processor front side bus:1333
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:I5-2520M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series
Processor socket:Socket 988
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52229
Processor code:SR048
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:500

Weight & Dimensions