ASRock VisionX HTPC 321B Ivy Bridge mini-PC

ASRock VisionX HTPC 321B Ivy Bridge mini-PC

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BIOS


The ASRock VisionX 321B HTPC comes with a BIOS that greatly resembles the BIOS of many of the boards I've reviewed before, including the ability to limit internet access from right inside the BIOS, which is great for parents or others that need such features desperately.


There aren't very many voltage control options, other than for the RAM. The timing selection offered for the RAM is pretty good considering this is a laptop in a desktop case.


Both the fan for the HDDs and the CPU can be controlled through the BIOS, which allows for the system to run quietly; the fans can obviously also be set to run at full speed if cooling needs to increase a little.


Everything offered here is, all in all, pretty impressive, easily matching everything you expect from any other desktop system and then some. Using an unlocked mobile IvyBridge chip may unlock other clocking features, and you can definitely upgrade the provided CPU to something a bit more powerful, should that be your need. Getting it up and running should, when you do, be pretty simple, thanks to the control ASRock offers through the BIOS.

But do you really need any upgrades? Since there is no provided OS, you'll have a bit of work ahead of you after initially plugging the system in. With that in mind, time between opening the box and first powering it up would best be spend making those upgrades. Be that as it may, I don't see much of a point in adding anything other than an SSD for faster OS boot times. Let's take a look at stock performance. I will, as usual, let the numbers do the talking. If you looked at the specifications list, it should be pretty clear that this unit is going to outperform most of the previously tested mini-PCs.

Performance

PC Mark 07

Futuremark PCMark 07 Full Bench
 ASRock VisionX 321B HTPCZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 PLUSARCTIC MC001-BDFoxconn NT-A3500Zotac ION FSapphire Edge VS8 Mini PCDesktop PC Intel i7-930
PCMark 07 Score2358 1429 984 1070 905 1687 4198
Lightweight score1955 1553 984 986 936 1411 3906
Productivity score 1543 1185 549 699 576 1072 3626
Entertainment score2839 1184 1009 1029 827 1824 4238
Creativity score 3410 1544 1328 1192 1247 1903 4352
Computation score4569 727 751 1037 638 1790 4419
System storage score 1409 2798 1676 1357 1725 1421 4487
Video playback 23.98 fps 22.99 fps 22.86 fps 19.91 fps 22.8 fps 22.99 fps 22.93 fps
Video transcoding - downscaling 2546.71 kB/s 638.41 kB/s 717.22 kB/s 1086.94 kB/s 540.56 kB/s 2086.41 kB/s 5735.49 kB/s
System storage - gaming 3.19 MB/s 10.47 MB/s 4.13 MB/s 3.24 MB/s 4.21 MB/s 3.32 MB/s 15.32 MB/s
Graphics - DirectX 958.86 fps 8.83 fps 8.38 fps 7.85 fps 4.79 fps 20.41 fps 65.73 fps
Image manipulation10.04 Mpx/s 2.77 Mpx/s 2.52 Mpx/s 2.66 Mpx/s 2.13 Mpx/s 5.58 Mpx/s 9.16 Mpx/s
System storage - importing pictures5.15 MB/s 10.38 MB/s 5.68 MB/s 4.42 MB/s 6.3 MB/s 5.47 MB/s 19.71 MB/s
Web browsing12.94 pages 2.97 pages/s 2.58 pages/s 3.38 pages/s 2.14 pages/s 6.41 pages/s 15.35 pages/s
Data decrypting 93.42 MB/s 26.02 MB/s 9.72 MB/s 22.26 MB/s 11.25 MB/s 59.28 MB/s 63.97 MB/s
System storage - Windows Defender 1.13 MB/s 4.17 MB/s 1.42 MB/s 1.19 MB/s 1.59 MB/s 1.14 MB/s 5.4 MB/s
Web browsing with 3 tabs 12.91 pages/s 3.88 pages/s 2.83 pages/s 3.34 pages/s 2.27 pages/s 6.78 pages/s 10.94 pages/s
System storage - adding music 1.14 MB/s 1.32 MB/s 1.21 MB/s 1.15 MB/s 1.22 MB/s 1.15 MB/s 1.4 MB/s
Text editing 10.54 operations/s 3.20 operations/s 1.65 operations/s 2.92 operations/s 1.95 operations/s 5.10 operations/s 10.7 operations/s
System storage - starting applications1.77 MB/s 7.94 MB/s 2.48 MB/s 1.78 MB/s 2.36 MB/s 1.98 MB/s 30.67 MB/s
Web browsing 1 9.37 pages/s 2.32 pages/s 2.04 pages/s 2.19 pages/s 1.67 pages/s 1.86 pages/s 10.23 pages/s
Web browsing 2 9.61 pages/s 2.45 pages/s 2.11 pages/s 2.26 pages/s 1.66 pages/s 5.09 pages/s 10.25 pages/s
Graphics - DirectX 10 - texture fill 24.31 fps 4.21 fps 3.62 fps 3.5 fps 1.66 fps 8.86 fps 37.23 fps
Graphics - DirectX 10 - color fill 3.16 fps 0.49 fps 0.64 fps 0.41 fps 0.32 fps 1.077 fps 6.84 fps
Graphics - DirectX 10 - POM 29.65 fps 2.89 fps 1.96 fps 2.41 fps 1.58 fps 9.16 fps 36.58 fps
Graphics - DirectX 10 - GPU cloth 29.66 fps 11.26 fps 5.26 fps 4.02 fps 4.65 fps 22.16 fps 35.57 fps
Graphics - DirectX 10 - GPU particles 32.13 fps 4.73 fps 5.92 fps 4.09 fps 2.2 fps 10.65 fps 56.77 fps
Graphics - DirectX 10 - Perlin noise 52.81 fps 6.01 fps 1.55 fps 5.16 fps 2.51 fps 22.66 fps 88.05 fps
Video transcoding - high quality 2791.99 kB/s 163.75 kB/s 176.78 kB/s 192.71 kB/s 145.46 kB/s 437.25 kB/s 1247.87 kB/s
System storage - video editing 13.38 MB/s 17.29 MB/s 17.15 MB/s 12.09 MB/s 16.83 MB/s 15.53 MB/s 21.58 MB/s
System storage - Windows Media Center 7.44 MB/s 7.91 MB/s 7.72 MB/s 6.64 MB/s 7.28 MB/s 7.12 MB/s 7.98 MB/s


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