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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

ASRock Core 100 Features

By adopting the Intel Core i3 330M Mobile processor, Core 100HT series features Intel HD Graphics that offers great Full HD 1080p performance and energy-efficient capability. ASRock Core 100HT HTPC series conducted with Intel HM55 Express chipset supporting HDMI audio Pass-Through (Bitstream) and Dolby True HD & DTS HD Master Audio. ASRock Core 100HT series HTPC provides the compressed audio data to amplifier, and you can get the terrific sound experience. Features abundant, ASRock Core 100 HTPC series is the world's first SuperSpeed USB3.0 onboard HTPC on the market.

It provides 2 x Front USB 3.0 ports that allows faster data transfer rate up to 5Gb/s. Special introduce here is THX TruStudio PRO technology. The industry leading THX TruStudio PRO technology ensures you the premium audio quality, effects and features for PC systems equipped with onboard 7.1 ch HD audio. Based on the Intel HM55 Express chipset, Core 100HT series also features Dual Channel DDR3 1066 memory, 2 x SO-DIMM slots, Max. 8GB, 2.5" HDD up to 500 GB, supports 2nd 2.5" HDD upgrade. Other excellent functions include BD Combo (Core 100HT-BD), Wi-Fi 802.11n networking as well as MCE remote controller!

SuperSpeed USB-3.0 Ports

World's first USB 3.0 HTPC system, delivers data transfer rate up to 5Gb/s and 10X faster than USB2.0 with optimized power efficiency. USB3.0 promises a major leap forward transfer speeds and capacity.

Supports HDMI Audio Pass Through

ASRock Core 100 HTPC series conducted with Intel HM55 Express chipset supporting HDMI Audio Pass Through (Bitstream) and Native Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio. ASRock Core 100 series HTPC ensure to provide the compressed audio data to amplifier, and you can get the terrific sound experience.Asrock-CORE-100HT-HTPC-Computer-Upright.jpg

THX TruStudio PRO

THX TruStudio PRO solution ensures you the premium audio quality, effects and features for PC systems equipped with onboard audio. For instance, the TruStudio Surround technology expands your stereo content into surround sound; the TruStudio Crystalizer technology restores the compressed sound source and can let you hear every detail in riveting surround sound. Combined with the THX TruStudio PRO and the ASRock high performance HTPC system, you will be assured to enjoy a rich variety of PRO gramming and be entertained by a better way!

ASRock AIWI Rock You Everywhere

Keep Moving Playing Games By Holding Your iPhone. Wanna play PC games like Wii? ASRock AIWI software makes your dreams come true! Using ASRock AIWI to connect your apple devices to the ASRock HTPC via WLAN, then you can interact with the PC games with delicate touches and body motion while getting responsive shakes and vibrations that correspond from the game stores.

ASRock App Charger

Fast Charge & Charge Anytime. Simply installing the App Charger driver, it makes your iPhone charge up to 40% faster than before. ASRock App Charger supports continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). The App Charger technology has been fully applied on ASRock Full series motherboards.

High speed Wi-Fi 802.11n (300Mbps)

ASRock Core 100 series mini HTPC, has two invisible antennas (placed in a vertical/horizontal position) hidden inside the front panel, which provide larger signal coverage and faster connection speed. With the unrestricted-direction antennas design, the HTPC can be used as the wireless network receiver, as well as the network bandwidth sharing device.
Supports 802.11n wireless network standard which provide better signal coverage and faster speed than ordinary network sharing devices.

Mini Size and Silent Operation

With stylish and compact design, ASRock Core 100 HTPC series has a volume of 2.5 liters only, which enables you to put inside the TV cabinet and connect it with LCD TV. Running a silent operation which is merely 25dB, Core 100 HTPC series ensures you a quiet computing environment as well.

Low Power Consumption

Our Core 100-BD system is very environmental-friendly. Our idle mode is running with only 20.1W which is different from other desktop computers which usually need 50W-80W. ASRock Core 100 HTPC series can save a lot of electricity and money each year.

Ultra Durable

By adopting 100% Japan-made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors which can extend the system life to at least 2.5 longer, ASRock Core 100 HTPC series provides the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power, processor, and other components needs for running today's most demanding applications and games.

MCE Remote Controller

Enjoy more of your favorite entertainment by MCE (Media Center Edition) remote controller! The MCE features the entertainment center which allows you to enjoy a more convenient way of watching DVDs, TV, listening to music, and so on by the easy-operate remote controller.



# 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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