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ASRock ION 3D Blu-ray HTPC

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Posted December 20, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards
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Introduction

As multimedia technologies and uses become more prolific and part of our daily lives, consumers are looking for products that fill more than one role. Historically, computers have been for productivity uses or gaming, and as time trundled onward, PCs began to assume far more diverse roles. Perhaps the greatest change and increase of use is in the world of multimedia.

As multimedia uses and applications have blurred the lines between computer, TV, audio system, and so forth, we’ve seen more and more people turn to Home Theater PCs to specifically handle their multimedia needs. Interestingly, the all-purpose machine has, in this instance, become the specialized use system. Storing music, streaming video content – these are popular uses, and the system needed for this type of use is far cheaper than the average desktop.

Building an HTPC system can be an expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t need to be. A small form motherboard with a low power processor, onboard video, a stick of memory, a power brick, and a hard drive is really all you need; that is, if you can find something that comes in an all-in-one package at a good price. Today we may have just the thing: the ASRock ION 3D.

Housing an entire system, this version of the ION 3D comes with a Blu-ray combo drive, offering users an impressive all-in-one package in an impressively small case. Let’s take a look at this tiny HTPC from ASRock and see if it can offer something special to consumers.

"ASRock Inc., established in 2002, target at entry to mainstream segment MB business, is an energetic company with the combination of technology and humanity. Devoting efforts to bring customers the innovative and reliable motherboards with the design concept of 3C, "Creative, Considerate, Cost-effective", ASRock has successfully established a well-known leading brand of the best price-performance motherboard in the industry. ASRock products’ high recognition stems from company’s devotion to bring the most cost-performance products to users."

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