ASRock ION 330HT Nettop Review

Home Theatre PC’s or HTPC’s have been around for a few years now and are very popular. Most people use their old PC for a HTPC. The problem with that is that they are loud, not that powerful, and take up a lot of space. Well ASRock has got your HTPC needs covered with the ION 330HT Nettop that is capable of full 1080p high definition video playback and true-fidelity 7.1 surround sound audio. This system is powered by a Dual Core Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz) processor, NVIDIA ION Graphics Processor, 2GB DDR2-800 memory, 320GB hard drive, DVD player and even WiFi!

Special thanks to ASRock for providing us with the ION 330HT Nettop to review.

Intel® Dual Core Atom™ 330
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
NVIDIA® ION™ GPU with Full HD 1080p playback capability
EuP 2.0 Ready
802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN
Capable to support RAID 0, 1 by adopting the 2nd 2.5” HDD
Powered eSATA/USB port
MCE Remote Controller
Energy Star 5.0 Level


CPU – Intel® Atom™ 330 1.6GHz (Dual core)
OS – Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Chipset – NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor
Memory – Support DDR2 800MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slots, default 2GB (2 x 1GB), Maximum up to 4GB*

*Due to the CPU limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32 / 64-bit OS.

VGA – NVIDIA® ION™ Graphics, support DX10 / Full HD 1080p (Blu-ray)* playback

*Blu-ray disc is supported by Blu-ray driver.

HDD – 320GB 2.5″ HDD, capable to support RAID 0, 1 by adopting the 2nd 2.5″ HDD
ODD – DVD Super Multi
I/O – 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-Sub VGA, 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x Powered eSATA/USB*

*For Powered eSATA function, Hot Plug function is supported in RAID / AHCI mode only. IDE mode does not support Hot Plug function.

LAN – Gigabit LAN
Sound – 7.1 Ch HD Audio with DTS
System Acoustic – Below 26dB
WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN
Remote Controller – MCE Remote Controller
Power Unit – 65W/19V Adapter
Dimension – 195mm(W) x 70mm(H) x 186mm(L)
Volume (liters) – 2.5L
Weight – 1.7Kg

The ION 330HT comes in a very informative retail box that has a picture of the unit on the front and back and on the side you have a list of all of the specifications on the side.

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Opening the box up everything is nicely packed inside. Getting it all out you have the ION 330HT unit, remote control, AC power adapter, power cable, HDMI to DVI adapter, extra SATA cable, screws, a getting started guide and software / driver CD’s.

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