Asrock VisionX 321B
Posted on: 09/30/2012 10:40 PM
Today we are checking out the latest Mini PC from Asrock known as the VisionX 321B. This third generation Vision series adopts the Intel Ivy 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, with the most exciting to date being the Vision 3D. Originally 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.
Asrock revisited the Vision 3D last year, updating it to support the Intel Sandy Bridge processors along with the Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card.
By including a mobile 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.
Then along came the second generation Vision 3D with its GeForce GT 540M, and that did impress us, offering up to 90% more gaming performance when compared to the previous model. Now with enough GPU power to play the latest games using respectable visual settings, the second generation Vision 3D was the most well rounded mini PC we had ever seen.
That was until Asrock announced the VisionX series featuring a new Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory and the AMD Radeon HD 7850M graphics card. The VisionX 321B is the first ever model to be released in this new series and at $900 it isnít exactly cheap. Still when we reviewed the Vision 3D 252B last year that was fetching $1000, so the VisionX 321B price tag isnít all that surprising. So what do you get for your $900 exactly? Read on to find out...
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