Review of ASRock ION 330HT-BD system with ATOM
1.6GHz processor based on NVIDIA ION chipset
Bluetooth 5 Nov 2009
A few months ago, ASRock introduced the
ION 330 NetTop. We reviewed it at OCWorkbench and found that it is exceptionally good as
a HTPC. Although it is good, it is far from perfect. The ASRock ION 330HT-BD
tries to change this by making it more usable with the lacking features on the
1st generation design.
First let's take a look at what is in store. The ASRock ION 330HT-BD
just like it's predecessor is based on Intel Atom N330
processor clocked at 1.6GHz with NVIDIA ION chipset. The ION chipset which is basically a reinvention of the
defunct MCP7A comes into play. This chipset
is known as GeForce 9400M and comes with GPU Shader clock of 1.1GHz. It supports
DX10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA® CUDA™ and PhysX™ games with ease. With ION chipset, HD
playback is not an issue at all.
With this new model, ASRock has added in more
features. One of the important change is the adoption of EuP 2.0. With the help
of the Nuvoton NCT6775F IC, these two models have achieved the EuP2.0 standard
which indicates the total AC power consumption of the completed system is under
0.5W in off mode.
ASRock NetTop also pass the Energy Star 5.0 standard, in order to avoid
unnecessary power consumption.
ASRock ION 330HT-BD features the BD Combo which not only supports Blu-ray disc,
but also capable of burning and reading DVD and CD. It definitely brings you the
efficient, stable data transfer, the dazzling audio and visual experience. With
DTS, you get cinematic sound effect right there in your living room.
With the MCE Remote Controller, you can now remote control your system. With the
press of a button, you can launch the MCE of Windows 7, go through the options
and watch, listen your videos, audios easily.
On top of that, connectivity is now made simpler
with the integrated 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN built in. WIth 802.11n (150Mbps)
for fast download, file transfer and media streaming is made possible. If
you are thinking of expansion, this new model now comes with an extra SATA port,
you can now even do a RAID 0 to speed up data access. Configure RAID 1 if you
want your system to be mirrored by introducing another 2.5" HDD. Something that
we insisted is the Powered eSATA/USB port. ASRock ION 330HT-BD has that built
right out of the box. You can now easily transfer files using both type of
For video out, there is the HDMI interface for best
video quality. Other desktop board features also made it into this 2.5L box.
They include the famous Instant Boot in 4 seconds, OC Tuner for overclocking.
You can now even export your settings through different profiles.
The package comes with the support CD, Quick setup
guide, AC power cord, AC/DC Adapter, HDMI->DVI adapter and a anti-slip pad.
Below is a video of the package.
The software bundle includes ASRock OC Tuner,
Instant Boot, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Norton Internet Security, Cyberlink DVD
Suite and BADABOOM media converter (trial) for those who wants to use the ION to
speed up media compression.
- Intel® Atom™ 330
1.6GHz (Dual core)
- NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor
- Support DDR2 800MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slots, default 2GB
(2 x 1GB), Maximum up to 4GB*
*Due to the CPU
limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the
reservation for system usage under Windows® 32 / 64-bit OS.
- Nvidia® ION™ Graphics, support DX10 / Full
HD 1080p (Blu-ray)* playback
*Blu-ray disc is
supported by Blu-ray driver.
- 320GB 2.5" HDD, capable to support RAID 0, 1 by
adopting the 2nd 2.5" HDD
- BD Combo*
*For CD-RW write type,
only support 4x, 8x, 10x CD-RW Disc format.
- 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-Sub VGA, 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x
*For Powered eSATA
function, Hot Plug function is supported in RAID / AHCI mode only. IDE
mode does not support Hot Plug function.