Asrock Vision 3D 252B (Sandy Bridge)
Posted on: 12/05/2011 09:38 PM
Today we are checking out the latest Mini PC from Asrock known as the Vision 3D 252B. This second generation Vision 3D series adopts the Intel Sandy Bridge architecture while it also provides a few other noteworthy enhancements. There are a huge range of features on offer, making this one of the most impressive HTPCs to date...
The Asrock Mini PC line has featured some exciting products over the past few years and none have been more exciting than the Vision 3D. Armed with a power efficient Intel Core i3 or Core i5 mobile processor, along with the Nvidia GeForce GT 425M graphics card, the Vision 3D made for the ultimate small form factor HTPC.
Thanks to the inclusion of a low-end graphics card the Vision 3D didnít have to rely on the embedded Intel HD graphics, which provides very poor performance. Although the gaming performance of the GeForce GT 425M didnít blow us away, it was more often than not considerably faster than the Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics engine utilized by the newer Intel Core i5-2520M processor.
This was evident when comparing the Asrock CoreHT 252B to the Vision 3D 137B. The CoreHT series, which was released after the Vision 3D series, was the first to make use of the highly efficient Sandy Bridge architecture by adopting the Core i3-2330M and Core i5-2520M processors. However, as it failed to include an integrated graphics solution, users were forced to rely on the Intel HD Graphics 3000.
What Asrock needed was a Sandy Bridge revision of the Vision 3D, and that is exactly what they have created. The Vision 3D (Sandy Bridge) is essentially the original product but on steroids. Not only has the processor been upgraded but so too has the memory, hard drive and graphics card. So far there is just one model to choose from and it includes the Intel Core i5 2520M processor, 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, 750GB hard drive and a GeForce GT 540M graphics card.
These upgrades should make the Vision 3D (Sandy Bridge) the most powerful and well-rounded Asrock Mini PC released to date. Of course all this power must come at a price and that price is currently $1000 US, making the Vision 3D 252B one of the most expensive models as well. Keeping that in mind, letís take a closer look at the features on offer...
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