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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 01 July 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASRock Core-100HT Intel i3-330M HTPC
ASRock Core 100 Features
Core 100HT Specifications
Closer Look: Asrock Core 100HT
ASRock HM55-HT Detailed Features
Motherboard Testing Methodology
PCMark Vantage Test Results
EVEREST CPU Benchmarks
Passmark PerformanceTest
Cinebench R11.5 Benchmarks
Street Fighter IV Benchmark
Lightweight Gaming Performance
ASRock HTPC Final Thoughts
ASRock Core 100HT Conclusion

Motherboard Testing Methodology

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Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, our battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Although many gamers and PC hardware enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, Benchmark Reviews has made the switch to Microsoft Windows 7 as the Operating System of choice for our test platforms. Each system compared was tested using common software and Operating System variables, however not all aspects could be matched identically.

The CPU Benchmarks were collected from PCMark Vantage, EVEREST Ultimate Edition, PerformanceTest, and CINEBENCH test suites, and all used common settings for each test. PCMark Vantage features test suits with static settings, which include the TV/Movies, Gaming, and Music. PerformanceTest also conducts tests with static settings, such as the 2D and 3D graphics performance.

ASRock Nettop ION 330 HTPC System

  • Motherboard: ASRock AMCP7A-ION (NVIDIA ION)
  • System Memory: 4GB OCZ Gold 800MHz DDR2
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 Dual-Core
  • Video: Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GPU (ION)

ASRock Core 100HT HTPC System

  • Mainboard: ASRock HM55-HT mini-ITX (HM55-Express)
  • System Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3
  • Processor: 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M Dual-Core
  • Video: Core i3/Intel GMA HD (DirectX-11)

HP Pavilion DM3-1044NR Entertainment Notebook

  • Mainboard: Flextronics 3649 (Intel Cantiga GS45)
  • System Memory: 4GB 1066MHz DDR3
  • Processor: 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 Dual-Core
  • Video: Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (DirectX-11)

Support Hardware

Test Software

  • Microsoft Windows-7 Ultimate Edition 64-Bit
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage v1.0.2.0 64-Bit
  • Lavalys EVEREST Ultimate Edition v5.50.2160
  • Maxon CINEBENCH R11.5 64-Bit
  • PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0 Build 1014 (64-Bit)
  • Capcom Street Fighter IV Benchmark
  • Adobe Flash Player (for Internet Explorer 8)



# RE: ASRock Core-100HT Intel i3-330M HTPCv_lestat 2010-07-01 16:57
It is a home theater pc. Not a gaming machine or anything even remotely close to it.

On the other hand AsRock needs to have their heads examined... the intel 4500hd video you cant do hd decoding with that without crushing the cpu ...

Go back and use a nvidia chipset and watch it pur like a kitten thru Ll the hd content you have.
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# Cpu overhead when decoding HD ?Stef 2010-07-02 01:22
This looks nice enough to sit under my TV , but what about HD media ? Quality , cpu overhead , etc ?
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# Gaming on HTPCOlin Coles 2010-07-02 05:51
I think that many people would like to play video games on their HTPC, which is why we test graphics performance. You don't know what a product can do until you test it.

As for HD quality and CPU overhead, they were difficult to demonstrate because each media changed the outcome. DVDs were clean and lossless, MKV and flash each performed extremely well but had different CPU usuage depending on the source. Overall I didn't have any problems with HD media playback.

Encoding was not tested, aside from the included encoding tests that PCMark and Passmark perform.
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# They Can't Use Nvidia with Core i3Ryan 2010-07-07 11:24
Unfortunately to move to the Core i3 based processor, they cannot use an Nvidia chipset, which is how the Ion is packaged. They must use the Intel HD GPU that comes with the Core processors, or accept a separate GPU board through the PCI-e slot.

This is an Intel restriction, and a quite anti-competitive one at that.
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# intel HDmikeccuk2005 2010-07-03 08:30
GMA HD is a different story to hd4500 and other predecessor.
Just look at the score at 3000 3dmark06:
compared to ion 1.9k:
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# $400.00?????Swamp 2010-07-17 15:00

hmmmm......didn't quite make that
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# Thank youOlin Coles 2010-07-17 15:28
I appreciate the pricing update... that's quite a difference from the ION-330 series. I've updated the article with all the prices.
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# XBMC media centerHenrique Ferreira 2011-02-26 09:24
My ideia is to setup one of these in my house as a media center, running windows 7 64 bit and XBMC. Will i be able to playback 1080p and 720p movies and videos with 5.1 dts audio in this device properly???

Thanks in advance!!
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# RE: XBMC media centerOlin Coles 2011-02-26 11:56
Hello Henrique:
Yes, you can easily play back 1080p video with this and stream via HDMI for full DTS sound. I might suggest something that could play games, too:
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# RE: RE: XBMC media centerHenrique Ferreira 2011-02-26 12:35
First of all, thanks for the fast reply! ;)
What are the main diferences between this and the Vision 3D?
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# RE: RE: RE: XBMC media centerOlin Coles 2011-02-26 13:56
Please read the Vision 3D review, because I explain it there in more detail.
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